in 1993, Congress Merge was founded on the premise of providing
organizations with accurate and reasonably-priced data for -- as
well as the means of -- communicating with Congress.
Merge was formed by Michael
J. Waters who has more 30 years experience in Washington.
He came to Washington as a reporter with The Associated Press
and covered the White House, Supreme Court, and Congress. Mr.
Waters also has worked all aspects of Washington public affairs,
from public relations to lobbying and grassroots management. It
was during his public affairs tenure that Mr. Waters became aware
of technical services designed to assist lobbyists, grassroots
managers, and Washington representatives. Being on the purchasing
side of the desk at the time, he determined that cost-effective
and accurate data services could be provided, a sharp contrast
to existing providers, and Congress Merge was formed. His experience
on the purchasing side of the desk also contributed significantly
to the Congress Merge's operating philosophy.
Hill is Mr. Waters' specialty, he has excellent programmers working
with him, Juan Cabanela, Ph.D., and Paul Reilly and Chris Dornfeld
of Unitz, which is a web development
and programming firm located in Arlington, VA. They have assisted
Congress Merge with projects ranging from database maintenance
and technology consulting to development of the vote tracking
system. Unitz is operated by Chris Dornfeld and Paul Reilly and
specializes in working with small businesses.
graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001 with a double
major in computer science and German and with a minor in business
administration. Mr. Reilly graduated in 2001 from The College
of William and Mary with a degree in computer science and a minor
in information technology.
Mr. Waters works closely with Grace York at the University of
Michigan. Ms. York has one of best listings of congressional
e-mails available on the internet.