Congress held fewer town hall meetings with constituents during the August recess than over the same time last year despite the coming elections.
According to a study by LegiStorm, members of Congress held 588 town hall meetings this August, down from 792 in August of 2013.
Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., led the way, with 23 town hall meetings last month. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., was second with 19.
Legistorm also found members of Congress didn’t always have their town hall meetings in a crowded, conventional space. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. hosted a “Coffee with your Congressman” event at a Chick-fil-A, for example.
Why didn’t they beat the summer heat with ice cream events? Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., had four of last year’s five, but none were held last month.
The data, which does not include campaign events, is compiled from press releases, newsletters, social media, member websites and other sources.
LegiStorm also tracks how the members interact with their constituents, be it in person, on the phone or via online forums like Goggle hangouts.