K Street Files: The People Are Coming, Group Says

Posted May 28, 2010 at 5:28pm

A retired Florida businessman is launching what he considers a much-needed populist K Street organization.

Earl Kiser said he believes Washington, D.C., is not getting an accurate sense of where the public stands on the burning issues of the day, and so he has created the American People’s Voice, an online project that will allow voters to better lobby their Members.

Kiser, an 81-year-old lifelong Republican who worked in the computer business for 25 years, said the organization will solicit views of experts on different sides of issues such as immigration and tax policy. Kiser said he is funding the effort.

Those who sign up for the project can then vote on an issue. The results will be broken down by the Congressional districts of the participants and then provided to their Representatives.

Kiser said that with such input, the lawmakers can act “like statesmen instead of having the people mad at politics.”

Kiser has already opened an office in Fort Myers, Fla., which will have a staff of 10 to 12 people. He said 100 to 150 people have signed up for the site, which is at apvoice.com. In a letter to Members of Congress announcing the group, Kiser wrote, “The people are coming.”

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