Dingell wins Gold Mouse award for website, says he's expanding social media presence
U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, has won the 112th Congress Gold Mouse Award for having one of the best websites on Capitol Hill, his office announced today.
The award is given by the Congressional Management Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit group working to improve communications between citizens and Congress.
Of the 618 congressional websites graded, a total of 98 personal office, committee and leadership websites earned A's and will receive platinum, gold, silver or bronze awards.
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"I appreciate being selected to receive this distinguished award," Dingell said in a statement. "Communicating directly with my constituents and providing access to my office in all ways possible are important to me. In today's world, online access is critical, and I am continuing to expand my social media presence so that I can continue to best serve my constituents as well as keep them informed in real-time regarding my actions on their behalf in Congress."
CMF conducted its analysis from June through September and today released its latest report, identifying recent trends related to online communications in Congress. The report found a significant number of House and Senate member websites lacked basic educational and transparency features like links to bills and voting records.
The report found Democratic and Republican websites are generally similar in quality, although Democrats had a higher percentage of award-winning websites. About 20 percent of all Democratic websites scored an A, while 12 percent of Republican websites scored an A.
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