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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.