As a candidate, Barack Obama benefited greatly from the power of the Internet, tapping Web tools to reach, motivate, and collect funds from millions of people across the country. As president, Obama has cemented his role as the nation's most connected president to-date, incorporating technology as a cornerstone of key initiatives from healthcare reform to education. Taking a page from corporate America, Obama hired a chief technology officer to oversee the nation's IT direction. And, though he h
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Partial credit for Obama's successful presidential run goes to his election team's use of the Internet. By the end of his campaign, myBarackObama.com had generated about 1.5 million accounts and many of the $600 million in campaign contributions were donated through the Internet. Joe Respars, a veteran of Howard Dean's Internet-intensive campaign, and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes built the social networking site myBarackObama.com.