WASHINGTON, D.C., May 25, 2000 — Voter.com and Microsoft Corp. today announced a content-sharing, co-branding and advertising deal that will help usher politics into the Internet age. The deal will launch a co-branded Web site between Voter.com and Slate.com, the leading Internet political magazine, and will create extensive links between MSNBC and Voter.com. The exclusive deal confirms Voter.com’s dominance of the online political space on the Internet and fortifies Voter.com’s reputation as the political portal of choice in a new political era.
“This landmark deal demonstrates Voter.com’s commitment to being a pioneer in serving the public,”
said Justin Dangel, CEO of Voter.com.
“By working with MSN, Slate and MSNBC, Voter.com will broaden its reach to voters through Microsoft’s network and expand our site’s offerings with the unique, creative Slate editorial content. I am confident that this relationship will solidify Voter.com’s position as the standard in interactive politics, just as politics enters the Internet age.”
“Voter.com is delivering the kind of information voters need to make informed decisions about their elected officials,”
said Jed Savage, national sales manager for MSN at Microsoft.
“By aligning their message with top-flight political content in MSN, Voter.com links will deliver an impressive avenue our audience can utilize to educate themselves about local, regional and national politics.”
Exclusive Agreement Between Voter.com and Slate
Voter.com and Slate will share content, allowing Voter.com to disseminate the unique editorial perspective of the Slate® online magazine to its visitors and registered users.
Slate will offer Voter.com’s unique product offerings, including candidate profiles, position papers and advocacy group information.
Voter.com Content/MSNBC Links
MSNBC will promote Voter.com headlines and provide links to Voter.com on every political news page in MSNBC.com.
The advertising deal is exclusive: No other sponsorship or other nonbanner advertising will be sold to any online polling sites on MSN Politics, Slate or MSNBC.
Voter.com’s political newsletter will be the lead newsletter offered to more than 5 million of the current 45 million subscribers to the Microsoft® Hotmail® Web-based e-mail service.
Voter.com is dedicated to using the Internet to promote a more active and informed electorate. The Voter.com Web site provides a forum of balanced partisanship, allowing voters many different views and perspectives on issues and candidates. Charter national advisors to Voter.com include the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee. Voter.com’s founding sponsors include the American Conservative Union, AFL-CIO, Americans for Tax Reform, Business Industry Political Action Committee, Christian Coalition, Democratic Leadership Council, EMILY’s List, People for The American Way, Sierra Club and the United States Chamber of Commerce. A full list of the Voter.com political advisory board members and more information about Voter.com, its mission and management can be found at http://www.voter.com/ .
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