Golden, Colo. — CaucusRoom, an online community where conservatives can gather, network, encourage and mobilize around candidates and issues important to them, officially launched this week, providing a platform for voters to connect with others locally and get involved.
Founded by veteran politicos Matt Knoedler and Allen Fuller, CaucusRoom represents the culmination of nearly a decade of work identifying the needs of grassroots conservatives. The community started with a soft open in September, quickly adding several hundred members, and is now starting to expand.
CaucusRoom includes several unique features to elevate the quality of political conversation and organizing for conservatives. These include:
- Bank-level verification of all members to ensure there are no “bots” or fake accounts.
- Neighborhood feeds that connect members with other conservatives close to them.
- Event directory to help members discover events and activities near them.
- Groups to help members organize around issues, news, and projects important to them.
CaucusRoom also allows conservatives the ability to easily connect with their neighbors who share some of their political leanings. “I pulled up a map for a friend of mine to illustrate how many conservatives were in his neighborhood, he had no idea,” said Matt Knoedler, CaucusRoom’s Co-Founder and CEO. “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.”
“Conservatives are naturally less vocal about our political views,” added Allen Fuller, CaucusRoom’s Co-Founder and COO, “but having a community where we can encourage each other and organize to get involved in our communities will help members feel less alone.”
Although CaucusRoom has launched in Colorado, the company plans to expand nationally. “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,” said Knoedler.
CaucusRoom is already grabbing the attention of conservative leaders in Colorado, including this tweet by the president of the free-market think tank Independence Institute, Jon Caldara.
About the name
Every election year, usually in the first week of March, Republican neighbors gather in “Caucus states” like Colorado, Iowa and Wyoming to discuss the upcoming elections, elect representatives to nominating assemblies, and sign up to volunteer or contribute towards their local candidates and causes. For candidates and activists, the caucus is an organized and accessible entry point to make their mark on local, state and national politics. CaucusRoom is designed to enhance that experience, and make it available in neighborhoods year round, whether you live in a caucus state or not.
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Matt Knoedler, Co-Founder & CEO
A former member of the Colorado General Assembly, for the past 20 years Matt Knoedler has served as a strategic advisor to campaigns, candidates and major philanthropists in Colorado. He also worked as a lobbyist and political advisor at Squire Patton Boggs LLP, one of the country’s top lobbying firms, where he managed clients in every major industry sector.
Matt represented Lakewood as a state legislator from 2005-2007, and is a former senior policy aide to Governor Bill Owens and Congressman Tom Tancredo. Matt’s legislative races were featured in the bestselling book The Blueprint: How Democrats won Colorado and Why Republicans Everywhere should care by Rob Witwer and Adam Schrager.
Matt and his family live near Golden, Colorado.
Allen Fuller, Co-Founder & COO
Allen Fuller is a seasoned entrepreneur who has spent 20 years weaving emerging technology with advocacy for the principles he believes in. During his career he has served as a legislative staffer in the US Senate and a communications director in the US House, staffed numerous campaigns, advised Fortune 50 companies, run a think tank, and founded Flat Creek – a digital agency with over 300 clients across 35 states and 3 continents.
Currently Allen is a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer at CaucusRoom, a community for conservatives to gather, network, encourage, and mobilize locally. CaucusRoom connects conservatives with friends and neighbors to help them find opportunities to get involved in their communities.
Allen holds a masters degree in eCommerce from The University of Alabama and is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies where he received the 2013 Defender of the Declaration award. Allen and his family live in Boulder County, Colorado.