Official e-newsletters from every member of Congress. In one place. In real time.
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 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 153,614 unique e-newsletters.
If you are a researcher interested in these data please use what you like here. A static set of downloads of the data are available month by month here. If you ever have questions along the way, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out @dcinbox on Twitter 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 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 email@example.com and I'll double check for you.