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GOP Idleness Spurs Action Center Project

(this will move on the PR Newswire later today)

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GOP IDLENESS SPURS ACTION CENTER PROJECT
Programmers Will Deliver Online Action Center Tools the GOP Will Not Provide

Impatient with the GOP to provide online resources they say are essential to win future elections, a group of web programmers has decided to take matters into their own hands.

“It’s about providing online tools for conservative activitsts that the GOP currently has no vision to provide,” related Ron Robinson, current facilitator for the group. “President Obama had a very impressive Action Center on his web site during the recent campaign. We want to be sure that conservative activists have a similar Action Center available long before the next election.”

Robinson noted that the Republican National Committee last week released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to replace its currrent (very buggy) web site at www.GOP.com. “The RFP sets forth requirements for broad social networking capabilities, which is great, as far as that goes,” he said. “But what the RFP does not discuss is action center tools that help online volunteers effectively organize, and work efficiently to help change votes.”

Specific action center tools that the group envisions quickly creating include:

  • a call center that would allow online volunteers to call voters – either locally, or in battleground states
  • an event calendar so web site visitors can identify local events, rallies, or protests
  • the ability to locate and contact local volunteers who have indicated they wish to volunteer
  • create affinity groups of like-minded voters
  • do all the above, and more, with appropriate privacy and security

When asked if this wasn’t an ambitious project for an ad hoc group of programmers, Robinson exclaimed, “Highly ambitious! We have a group that includes a couple of CEOs, some talented programming and database people, and other supporting personnel who will prove crucial to the effort. We intend to deliver a high quality project that incorporates the best practices and standards currently known in the Web 2.0 industry. And we are well on our way to doing just that.”

The group says that they do not wish to challenge or supplant the GOP’s activities in any way. “There is simply a vaccuum in the plans the GOP has published so far, ” said Robinson. “We intend to fill that vaccuum. I think every member of the project is absolutely convinced that the real power of a network is in data that is shared, not sheltered. We intend to share, and share widely. Online campaign volunteers can do with no less.”

Robinson noted that the group is still looking for active participants who want to help with the project. Those interested can join the project at http://gopguerrillas.ning.com.
 

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