Congress Merge was formed by Michael J. Waters who has more 30 years experience in Washington. He came to Washington as a reporter with The Associated Press and covered the White House, Supreme Court, and Congress. Mr. Waters also has worked all aspects of Washington public affairs, from public relations to lobbying and grassroots management. It was during his public affairs tenure that Mr. Waters became aware of technical services designed to assist lobbyists, grassroots managers, and Washington representatives. Being on the purchasing side of the desk at the time, he determined that cost-effective and accurate data services could be provided, a sharp contrast to existing providers, and Congress Merge was formed. His experience on the purchasing side of the desk also contributed significantly to the Congress Merge's operating philosophy.
Where Capitol Hill is Mr. Waters' specialty, he has an excellent programmer working with him: Juan Cabanela, Ph.D. who maintains his own web site using Congress Merge data and developed much of the software for Congress Merge's online presence. Juan is an associate professor of Physics and Astronomy at Minnesota State University Moorhead in Moorhead, MN.