- More than 356,000 comments were received in the first quarter of 2014, compared with 408,476 comments for all of 2013 and 372,525 in 2012.
- Public interest campaigns have driven significant traffic in 2014, including two regulations that account for more than 70 percent of all comments.
- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has received more than 40 percent (143,516) of all comments in 2014 for “ Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities”. Online influencers for this regulation were found to be coordinated campaigns via Facebook and the American Families Council.
- The Department of State has received more than one-third of all comments in 2014 (118,591) about the National Interest Determination for the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline. Online influencers for this regulation are actually indicators of offline activity, in this case a blog about lobbying firm BKM Strategies that drove nearly 92,000 public comments.
- Nearly forty percent of all comments since 2012 were driven by just three issues: Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act, Guidance for Tax Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate Related Political Activities, and National Interest Determination for the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline.
- The National Park Service receives the highest positive sentiment score of any federal agency.
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