#PAtcot: Taking It to the Tweets
by Katy Abram, Director of New Media
Here at Americans for Prosperity we wage our policy battles from various fronts. The good old days of phone calls and office visits to elected officials has now moved to inundating their Twitter streams and Facebook pages with messages from constituents. Hand in hand these techniques have shaped public policy just last week when Governor Corbett came out against creating a state based healthcare exchange under the President’s PPACA law.
Some may wonder if this new way of activism is even effective. My answer is simple: Twitter and Facebook may be one of the most direct and public displays of activism you have in your activist arsenal. A number of our state representatives, senators and even the Governor has a twitter account. When walking the halls of the capitol you will see that they all carry one thing….their cell phone. And that cell phone is your direct contact with those who use social media. That is why we formed our Twitter Brigade, otherwise known as #PAtcot (Pennsylvania’s Top Conservatives on Twitter.) This group of dedicated Tweeps have organized with AFP-PA and have been applying strategic online pressure to those in power. We will continue to do so as we move into 2013.