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
The site, introduced to Washington last Tuesday at the National Press
Club, is designed to help groups and individuals heighten their
’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
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
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.