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Pelosi in Your Pocket…

As any journalist covering Congress can tell you, it’s not always easy to keep up with every official on the Hill. That’s where Congress in Your Pocket comes in.

The service by Cohen Research Group is a congressional directory for your iPhone, iPod touch or BlackBerry.

One of my colleagues informed me about it recently, and it is a HUGE help.

For the iPhone and iPod touch, the Basic version costs just $0.99 and includes info on each member of Congress, including party affiliation and biographical details. It also includes the official’s office address, office telephone number and a link to his or her website.

The Basic version also comes complete with campaign info, including the person’s campaign website,  name of his or her top opponent and donor info. (Buy it from Apple’s App Store here.)

The Congress+ and CongressPro versions are more expensive ($4.99 and $29.99 respectively) but offer even more info about each congressman, including staff contact info, committee assignments and sponsored legislation. (See differences between all three versions here.)

The benefit to the Pro version is that its info is updated all year, which means you’ll always be up-to-date.

A yearly subscription on the BlackBerry will cost you $99, substantially more than the iPhone app, but for government workers or those buying in a group, the Congress in Your Pocket website says there are discounts.

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  1. Wonderful ..thanks a lot for posting a good informitive blog

  2. “Congress in Your Pocket” is an amazing resource and information tool for journalists! To have at your fingertips the names and contact information for each member of Congress is a huge luxury. I’ve covered the Hill, so I know how vital it is to be able to immediately track the right person down.

  3. Thank you for the write-up on our congressional application. We’re very happy to know that you are finding it useful and we look forward to the big update after the elections.

    One addition for your readers: The BlackBerry version costs more because it also allows you to use it on any device with a web browser, including a desktop or notebook computer. The iPhone version will only work with iOS devices.

    Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.


    Michael Cohen, Ph.D.
    Congress in Your Pocket

    • admin

       /  October 4, 2010

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for the comment and clarification on the BlackBerry version. I know several journalists who have benefited greatly from the application. Will you be updating all versions immediately after the elections?


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