DCCC Wins Awards

It’s not the Oscars, but the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is crowing about winning some recent hardware.

This past weekend, the committee won two Pollie awards, distributed by the American Association of Political Consultants, for excellence in political and public affairs communications.

The committee won a silver award for the “Best Use of a Telephone” in a July conference call where DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen briefed Democratic online activists about the House political landscape.

And it took the bronze in “Best Use of Mobile Technology” for sending “fact-check” text messages responding to President Bush to Democratic activists during his most recent State of the Union address.

The DCCC’s online team also won a Golden Dot Award earlier this month for “excellence in an organization’s online activity.” The award, given by George Washington University’s Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet, was voted on by about 4,000 online participants.

The committee has been focusing on its online efforts lately, recently re-launching its website, and adding tools designed to empower Democratic activists. The new site is signing up volunteers to a Rapid Response network, encouraging party faithful to capture Republicans on videotape in their “own macaca moment.”