July 14, 2011

360 Presidential Hopefuls and Growing: Votocracy Surfaces Diverse Spectrum of Presidential Candidates

SEATTLE, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Is Votocracy (www.Votocracy.com) the new virtual podium for the digital political age? Hundreds of presidential hopefuls think so, with more joining in every day. Since launching last month, the new site has amassed a wide array of candidates who have quickly embraced the interactive political platform. The Votocracy process allows any American to run for president and culminates in a nationally-televised reality show to "crowd source" America's favorite presidential candidate.

"The enthusiasm and diversity of presidential candidates joining Votocracy speaks to Americans' desire for change with the current political process. We have candidates from all walks of life looking for an opportunity to challenge the status quo by getting involved themselves," says Bryan Lee, founder and CEO of Votocracy. "It's exhilarating to see internet celebrities, FEC-registered presidential candidates and drag queens all campaigning to become our next president."

With candidates as varied as the fifty states themselves, the Votocracy platform aspires to surface intriguing and thought-provoking candidates regardless of their experience or political agenda. A sampling of current Votocracy presidential candidates further highlights the broad range of backgrounds:

  • From Washington, DC: A currently unemployed father who amassed more than 2,000 'likes' surrounding his Votocracy campaign
  • From Mariposa, CA: A YouTube phenomenon and organic farmer who has already received more than 9,000 views of his presidential campaign announcement video
  • From Waco, TX: A performer, stage singer and LGBT minister who would legalize and tax marijuana sales in order to pay down America's deficit
  • From Seattle, WA: A 64-year-old financial planner and Federal Election Commission (FEC)-registered presidential candidate, who would end America's war participation as his first order of business in the Oval Office
  • From Ridgeland, MS: A 47-year-old wife and mother of a down syndrome child campaigning for education reform
  • From Los Angeles, CA: A 44-year-old entertainment-industry executive who feels the top priority for America is the economy
  • From Portland, OR: A domesticated house cat and prior Cat Fancy magazine model who would like to end animal homelessness

The Votocracy platform offers members free access to find and interact with these political candidates and others, helping candidates grow their support base. In order to become an official Votocracy candidate, participants pay only $99 to register. This fee gives anyone with political drive and a passion for change the ability to interact with millions of potential supporters and harness the reach of Facebook and Twitter with a single, easy-to-use interface.

"When compared to the millions and even billions of dollars needed to run a traditional presidential campaign, $99 is an extremely cost-effective way to elevate your political visibility to the American people," adds Lee. "And the ability to quickly and easily reach millions of potential supporters has never been as accessible as with the adage of social media."

Only official Votocracy candidates are eligible to participate in the 2012 Votocracy state primaries, which will be held in each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Finalists in the state primaries will then compete to become America's favorite presidential candidate via a nationally-televised reality show. The top candidate will receive a Votocracy-funded campaign should they desire to continue their progression toward the White House.

To join in the presidential race, preview current candidates and get involved yourself, visit Votocracy at: www.Votocracy.com.

About Votocracy:

Votocracy is a social media platform that harnesses the power and reach of Facebook and Twitter while putting the fun, passion and public engagement back into politics. With the end goal of discovering America's favorite contender for the 2012 Presidency of the United States, Votocracy allows voters to "like" their favorite candidate into a series of state primaries and, eventually, onto a nationally-televised reality show. For as little as $1, any man, woman or teen of voting age can register and start their campaign with Votocracy and gain access to millions of potential supporters through social media networks, daily interactive polls, national advertising campaigns, Votocracy's online community, and through offline events. The brainchild of a speculative "well if I were President" dinner conversation among seasoned marketing and technology veterans, Votocracy aims to be the great political equalizer and return the voice of politics back to the people. Learn more or jump into the action at www.Votocracy.com.

SOURCE Votocracy