Congratulations! The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) is pleased to inform you that Rep. Harper’s website has won a 112th Congress Bronze Mouse Award!

CMF created the awards in 2001 to recognize and honor the best use of online communications in Congress. By winning this award, Rep. Harper and your staff have demonstrated a strong commitment to connecting with citizens and exemplifying transparency and accountability in government! The award is part of CMF’s latest report — “112th Congress Gold Mouse Awards: Best Practices in Online Communications on Capitol Hill.” Download a copy of the report here: http://www.congressfoundation.org/projects/gold-mouse-project/112th-congress-gold-mouse-awards

We imagine you will want to share this news with others, and we also wish to honor Rep. Harper at our Gold Mouse Awards Ceremony on November 16, 6:00 pm, so we have some important logistics, details, and resources to share with you.

Your Award Materials: If you would like to send a press release to your local media, we have prepared a press release template which should help. Download the Word Document template here: www.congressfoundation.org/storage/documents/gmr2011-winner-press-release-template.doc

You may add the following to the release:

“Rep. Harper is to be commended for educating citizens and achieving the highest degree of transparency and accountability in online communications,” said Bradford Fitch, President and CEO of CMF. “In the 21st Century, a website is much more than a broadcasting tool for a political message – it’s a virtual office and a window into our democratic institutions. These winners of the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Mouse Awards understand the value of using the Internet to enlighten and serve constituents, and are examples for all congressional offices to follow,” he said.

Also, some offices place an icon of the award on their website. Download the Bronze Mouse graphic here: http://www.congressfoundation.org/storage/images/112GMA/112-bronze-mouse-award.gif

The Gold Mouse Awards Ceremony and Reception: We would like to invite Rep. Harper to attend the Gold Mouse Awards Ceremony on November, 16, 6:00 pm on the top floor of 101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Your scheduler has been sent information on this event in a separate email.

Once again, CMF congratulates Rep. Harper and your entire staff for winning this award. Your example of excellence in congressional communications not only assists your constituents, it helps all Americans understand the workings and value of Congress!

Bradford Fitch
President & CEO
Congressional Management Foundation
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