- Salary & turnover data
- Townhall and Hearing listings
- Browser-based with mobile app
- Limited information on mobile
- No dedicated legislation tracking
LegiStorm’s utility for Congressional staffers and government relations professionals is highly revered. Considering the depth that this browser-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivers to users, LegiStorm is the premier source for biographical data for the nation’s elected leaders and their staff.
LegiStorm is for people, not bills
LegiStorm isn’t a typical legislative monitoring platform. Unlike tools such as Quorum Analytics and GovPredict renowned for their in-depth legislation tracking and document repositories, this particular platform focuses more on the biographical composition of the House and Senate. Rather than tracking the progress of legislative proposals, LegiStorm tracks staff salaries, new hires, gifts and honorarium, lobbyist registration, and events (i.e., town halls and committee hearings). Thanks to a large team of researchers updating the accuracy of the LegiStorm dashboard, the platform has become the “go-to” to know “who’s who.”
From tracking incoming staffers to monitoring those leaving for the lobbying profession, LegiStorm has also become the Hill’s unofficial internal job board. Users can access legislator profiles, staff profiles, salaries, and turnover. LegiStorm also has tens of thousands of Congressional-related reports, government press releases from Congress and executive branch agencies, member and staff tweets, interactive maps, and full document disclosures including trips, financial disclosures and more.
What LegiStorm lacks
As noted above, LegiStorm doesn’t track legislation, vote tallies, committee markups, revisions, or other vital information. Instead, the information provided in the LegiStorm platform focuses solely on biographical and general policy information.
LegiStorm is a restricted platform when it comes to external integrations and developer APIs. The only cross-platform integration derives from PDF and CSV file exportability.
The LegiStorm mobile app is available for Android and Apple devices for free, although subscribers to LegiStorm need to have an account to use the app. The application provides a consolidated user experience, granting access to contact information and office directories.
For Congressional customers, LegiStorm is reasonably priced. The platform’s Pro Gov platform is very cost effective, starting at $2.95 for the first two months of a new single-user subscription and $7.95 per month thereafter. Office-wide subscription plans are also available at $125 per month for House offices and $250 per month for Senate offices, although these plans are billed annually.
What we think
LegiStorm can’t be passed up by any legislative monitoring professionals. Being extensively scalable and affordable for office-wide usage, this tool can be used in conjunction with any other external legislative tracking tool to give Hill offices an edge over their competitors.
The breadth of biographical information provided through LegiStorm gives users unfettered access to the Hill’s best kept open secrets, and we believe what the developers of LegiStorm have accomplished is nothing short of innovative.