McCurry, Blankley help spawn Grassroots.com to involve public

WASHINGTON. DC: Mike McCurry and Tony Blankley, two of Washington’s most prominent voices, have been signed up to advise Grassroots.com, a new Web site that seeks to further grass-roots participation in politics.

WASHINGTON. DC: Mike McCurry and Tony Blankley, two of Washington’s most prominent voices, have been signed up to advise Grassroots.com, a new Web site that seeks to further grass-roots participation in politics.

WASHINGTON. DC: Mike McCurry and Tony Blankley, two of Washington’s

most prominent voices, have been signed up to advise Grassroots.com, a

new Web site that seeks to further grass-roots participation in

politics.



The site, introduced to Washington last Tuesday at the National Press

Club, is designed to help groups and individuals heighten their

political involvement.



’The site can make a real contribution to improving the quality of civic

discourse,’ McCurry said.



McCurry, perhaps the best regarded of Clinton’s press secretaries, and

Blankley, formerly press secretary for then House Speaker Newt Gingrich,

will both serve on the site’s advisory board. McCurry is now president

of the DC-based Public Strategies Group, while Blankley is senior

counsel at Porter Novelli’s Washington outpost. The two were once

adversaries, having squared off against each other during the 1995

budget showdown.



McCurry said that his participation was spurred by an unlikely source -

Bush White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, another site advisor.

Sununu, he explained, knew of his interest in the way the Internet is

changing politics and public communications and thought he’d be a

natural for the position. Other advisors include Democratic media

consultant Bob Shrum and DC tech lobbyist Tony Podesta.



Grassroots.com is the brainchild of San Francisco natives David Chiu and

Perla Ni, who wanted to encourage ’two-click activism.’ They claim the

site, which is a profit-making venture, not only informs citizens about

the issues but also tells them how to take action, particularly on local

problems.



DC-based Podesta.com has been handling PR for Grassroots.com on the East

Coast, while Ruder Finn’s San Francisco office has been pitching the

site out west.



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