POPVOX: Resources for Hill Staff
POPVOX Tips for Hill staff at the Five "Key Moments" in the Legislative process: (1) Bill introduction
(2) Grassroots outreach
(3) Cosponsor recruitment
(5) The Vote
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - POPVOX: Resources for Hill Staff
Resources forCongressional Staff Voice people of The the
What is ? a neutral, nonpartisan platform for advocacy and legislative information
Why ? built by former staffers who noticed that information flow in Congress had some issues: All noise. ✦ No clearinghouse for positions No signal. RP R OF IT K FO NW Congress IT ST R OF NP K NO NW ST ✦ Staff overload Advocates Fund ✦ No independent metric The Public
How does work ? O FIT PR FO R K IT NW ST 1. Advocates register positions OF PR K ST ON N NW ➡ Build proﬁle ➡ Endorse/Oppose bills ➡ Drive membership to action
How does work ? 2. Individuals weigh in ➡ Find a bill ➡ Write a message to Congress ➡ Share via Facebook, Twitter, email
How does work ? 3. Congress gets organized data ➡ Messages sent via existing webforms (99%) ➡ Positions counted, mapped on POPVOX ➡ Organization positions in one place ➡ View “what’s hot” in my district?
For Policy Staff: Key “Moments”: Bill Introduction Grassroots outreach Cosponsor recruitment Hearing Vote
Bill IntroductionSEARCH POPVOX ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY TO FIND ALLIES➡ www.popvox.com/orgs➡ Search by topic and ﬁnd contact info on org proﬁle pages➡ View previous positions taken by the organization➡ Contact to request an endorsement
Bill IntroductionDEMONSTRATE INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT BY ENSURINGSUPPORTING POSITIONS ARE LISTED ON THE POPVOX BILLS PAGE:➡ Send letters of endorsement to email@example.com (We will upload.)➡ Encourage organizations to create proﬁles at www.popvox.com/orgs➡ Find organizations that aren’t the “usual suspects” and issue experts to support legislation or testify before a committee.
Grassroots Outreach BUILD SUPPORT FOR YOUR LEGISLATION BY SHARING VIA SOCIAL MEDIA ➡ Tweet a link to the POPVOX bill page (where people can weigh in with a message to their Member) ➡ Post a link to the POPVOX bill page to your Facebook pageMEMBER
Grassroots Outreach USE POPVOX WIDGETS TO HELP PEOPLE SEND MESSAGES AND DISPLAY COMMENTS WWW.POPVOX.COM/SERVICES/WIDGETS ➡ Use a POPVOX Facebook widget to let people weigh in from your page. ➡ Place a POPVOX comment stream on your website or bill microsite so that you can display the supportive comments that people are sending through POPVOXMEMBER
Co-sponsor RecruitmentMONITOR COMMENTS AND PIE CHARTS ON POPVOX TO IDENTIFYINTERESTED DISTRICTS AND POTENTIAL CO-SPONSORS
Co-sponsor RecruitmentREFERENCE CONSTITUENT COMMENTS IN OUTREACH TOMEMBER OFFICES
Hearing USE POPVOX TO FIND WITNESSES, CRAFT QUESTIONS, QUOTE CONSTITUENTS, AND RESEARCH WHAT OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE HEARINGMEMBER
Hearing DOWNLOAD THE POPVOX IPAD APP MARKUP TO READ BILL LANGUAGE AND TAKE NOTES DURING A HEARINGMEMBER
VoteUSE POPVOX TO REVIEW ORGANIZATION STATEMENTS AND VIEWPUBLIC OPINION TRENDS BEFORE A VOTE.
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