Conservatives in caucus states have a new online meeting place for like-minded neighbors, courtesy of a couple of well-known Colorado politicos, Matt Knoedler and Allen Fuller.
CaucusRoom launched this week as "an online community where conservatives can gather, network, encourage and mobilize around candidates and issues important to them," Knoedler said.
The duo point out what they think makes CaucusRoom unique:
- Bank-level verification of all members to weed out bots and fake accounts.
- Neighborhood feeds to connect members with other local conservatives.
- Event directory to help members find events and activities.
- Groups that let members find issues, news and projects they're interested in.
“I pulled up a map for a friend of mine to illustrate how many conservatives were in his neighborhood; he had no idea,” Knoedler said. “He then told me that if only he’d known he was not alone on his street, he would have felt emboldened to put a candidate’s yard sign in front of his house.”
Fuller said, “Conservatives are naturally less vocal about our political views, but having a community where we can encourage each other and organize to get involved in our communities will help members feel less alone.”
Colorado is a launching group, but Fuller and Knoedler hope to expand to a national site.
“The reception so far has completely exceeded our expectations. Now that we’re proving the model and building the foundation, expansion is our next step,” Knoedler said.
Besides being co-founders, Knoedler is the site's CEO and Fuller is chief operating officer.
Knoedler is a former state representative from Jefferson County as well as a strategic adviser to political campaigns for two decades. He has been a lobbyist and political adviser at Squire Patton Boggs LLP, a top lobbying firm both nationally and in Colorado.
He also was a senior policy aide to former Gov. Bill Owens and former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo.
A Boulderite, Fuller was the spokesman for former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez' unsuccessful run for governor in 2014, as well as an entrepreneur with 20 years' experience blending technology and advocacy.
He was a legislative staffer in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, as well as advising campaigns and Fortune 50 companies. He has operated a think tank, and his digital agency, Flat Creek, works with more than 300 clients in 35 U.S. states, as well as three continents.