New Website Enables Public to Share Views on Performance of Local, Elected Officials

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A new website site that enables the public to shine a light on the performance of elected, local officials similar to the way Yelp and other like services review restaurants and products, will be officially launched today.

A new website site that enables the public to shine a light on the performance of elected, local officials similar to the way Yelp and other like services review restaurants and products, will be officially launched today.

The new site -- http://www.PoliticalPayback.US -- is the only site that provides the public the opportunity to share their comments about how well they believe everyone from their town zoning commissioner to their Congressman meet their expectations.

“Our goal is to build constructive, nonpartisan discourse designed to let others know when the actions of elected officials have been disappointing or when they have done an excellent job,” said Larry G. Raff, founder of the site.

“The public has a right to know if your councilman reneged on a campaign promise or when your mayor worked tirelessly to deal with a problem in your neighborhood,” he said.

Raff, a Newton businessman whose career has been devoted to helping nonprofit organizations fulfill their missions, said he was motivated to create the website as a way for the public to “go on the record” about the performance of their elected officials.

“We expect that when elected officials learn that those they serve now have a forum to give a shout-out to those who are doing their jobs well and a wake-up call to those who are not acting in the best interests of their constituents,” he said.

The PoliticalPayback site enables individuals to post positive or negative comments and search what others are saying based on the names of elected officials, offices they hold, and key words.

“While the media does a good job of covering major issues in a community, most of the work of elected officials goes unreported, making it difficult for voters to evaluate them based on performance rather than political party,” Raff said.

“In addition, by generating increased awareness of important issues, our hope is that our representatives will be more inclined to act on them.”

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