Causes Acquires Votizen to Expand Its Online Activism Platform

By Cameron Scott 

causes, votizen, social media, social networksThe online petition site Causes has acquired Votizen, devoted to encouraging citizen engagement with electoral politics, the companies announced today.

“By joining with Causes and its nearly 200 million members, Votizen now has the ability to effectively reach every voter in America and will greatly increase our ability to surface the latent political influence that exists in our personal relationships,” Votizen’s founders said in a statement.

Votizen, launched in 2010 and led by David Binetti, Jason Putorti, and Matt Snider, sought to leverage the social graph to inform and motivate voters. It has garnered $2 million in venture funding and some 200 million members of its own.

Causes launched as Facebook utility in 2007, led by Matt Mahan and Sean Parker. It has raised $16.4 million, according to Crunchbase. Its investors include Peter Thiel and Ron Conway.

Causes tried to recruit Jason Putori (pictured) before Putori helped found Votizen.

Votizen will immediately shut down its website and will destroy records of user’s activity on the site but will take its email list to Causes.