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New search engine linking lawmakers and constituents launched — literally

By SaintPetersBlog For SouthFloridaReporter.com, Sept 14, 2015 – A powerful new tool to make state lawmakers more responsive to constituents launched Thursday – literally.

Rocket Lobby, a free legislative accountability search engine from public relations firm CATE COMM, reached the stratosphere on Thursday with its logo attached to a high-altitude weather balloon. Video of the launch is available on YouTube.

RocketLobby.com allows anyone in the United States to find, email, call, or request meetings with state lawmakers – as well as grade responsiveness with an anonymous Amazon or Yelp-style 1-5 star rating.

“We’ve finally figured out a way to reward or publicly shame lawmakers into responding to constituent calls, emails, and meeting requests,” said CATE COMM founder Kevin Cate. “Advocacy groups can also now send out one link to their advocates and know they will be able to find the right state lawmakers to contact – and get a response.”

Damian Cardona Jr., a CATE COMM developer and producer based in Orlando, developed Rocket Lobby, using the Sunlight Foundation’s Open States API.

“RocketLobby.com is the most powerful engagement tool ever available to citizens seeking to connect with state lawmakers,” Cate said. “You have to see it. It’s beautiful. It’s responsive. And it’s effective because we have an accountability tool built into it – public responsiveness grades for lawmakers.”

Premium versions of Rocket Lobby are also available, allowing custom, embedded versions for advocacy groups, coalitions, non-profits, and corporations — a service that can provide actionable data on citizen contacts with state lawmakers. Users of the paid edition can also get information on custom questions, such as the likelihood a specific lawmaker will support an issue.

CATE COMM, based in Tallahassee, St. Petersburg and Orlando, also offers the popular Above The Fold, a daily digest of newspaper front pages delivered to newsmakers  both in Florida and nationwide.

Originally published by SaintPetersBlog.com on Sept. 10, 2015

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