Youngstown, Ohio (PRWEB) July 01, 2012
YouLobby, a new crowdfunding service, enabled Robert Applebaum and his grass-roots advocacy group, ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com (FSLD), to raise $1,000 in just under 5 hours; and the campaign is on track to hit its next goal of $5,000.
YouLobby is a non-partisan service that enables passionate groups and individuals to pool funding to support professional advocates, lobbyists and public relations experts in state and federal government advocacy. YouLobby utilizes crowdsourcing, a popular trend in which people solicit micro investments via social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter.
Crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have had a tremendous impact on helping private sector ventures obtain start-up or seed funding. YouLobby is the first site to utilize the concept for public sector interest to give individuals the ability to contribute any sum of money to fight for a political cause.
"YouLobby allows everyone to now have the same power that corporations, special interest groups, trade associations and unions enjoy by being able to have daily advocacy in state and federal government" says Chris Litton, CEO and Co-Founder of YouLobby. Litton, a professional lobbyist, recognized the need to widen the opportunity for lobbying by reaching the majority of the population that does not currently have access to an advocate.
"YouLobby really reinvents democracy because (using YouLobby) the average American now has the opportunity to impact government whenever he or she wants" explains Litton. Whereas historically, the only time that most citizens played a significant role in the course of government was at election time, YouLobby allows people to send a message daily in the form of a professional advocate who can navigate the legislative mazes in Washington, D.C. and the state capitols.