DCinbox

Official e-newsletters from every member of Congress. In one place. In real time.

About


DCinbox is an academically derived project headed by me, Prof. Lindsey Cormack, with the assistance of 2 NYU undergrads, 4 Stevens Institute of Technology undergrads, and 1 professional Technical Lead.

Starting in 2009, as a graduate student at the NYU Wilf family department of politics, I set up a small database to capture and house every official e-newsletter sent by sitting members of the U.S. House and Senate. For a detailed description of the ins and outs of the project, please see this from The Legislative Scholar.

These communications are crafted and sent by nearly every member of Congress, yet until 2009 there was no comprehensive set to use in research. This database is updated in real time, as members of Congress send constituent messages, and provides researchers with a systematic set of texts to examine the strategic choices that legislators and their staff make in crafting the content. Today, there are nearly 90,000 unique e-newsletters.

If you are a researcher interested in these data please see the full dataset tab and explore away! If you want to use this data for publication purposes, let me know! I’ll happily host shorter write ups of your findings on the blog section of the website. If you ever have questions along the way, please feel free to email me at lcormack@stevens.edu. While I’m not quite as prolific as other political actors on Twitter, you can also check out @dcinbox to see where this research is headed.


To date, these data have been used to explore:


Notice Something Missing?

If you have a particular e-newsletter you are searching for and can't find it here, that doesn't mean we don't have it. A few (6%) of the e-newsletters are encoded in ways that do not easily port to our backend processes. If in doubt, please feel free to email me at lcormack@stevens.edu and I'll double check for you.