Former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie acknowledged today that he misspoke at Monday night’s debate in the Democratic primary for governor when he referred to the nonpartisan Congress.org as a “Republican-front organization.”
Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, his opponent, has cited power rankings by Congress.org to question Abercrombie’s effectiveness in the U.S. House.
Ryan Teague Beckwith, of Congress.org, responded with this blog post:
For the record, Congress.org is not —and has never been — a “Republican front organization.” We are a news and information site run by the CQ-Roll Call Group, which also publishes CQ Today and Roll Call. Like those publications, we strive to be neutral and objective.
The rankings were done by Knowlegis, a D.C. area firm that specializes in gathering information about Congress for advocacy groups. Their team looked at bill sponsorship, earmarks and leadership positions as well as more nebulous factors such as “indirect influence” to determine lawmakers’ effectiveness.
After Knowlegis was purchased by the company now known as CQ-Roll Call in late 2008, Congress.org underwent a redesign and the rankings were removed from the site.