[Fwd: [ODOG] OpenCongress is launching today - help us spread the word!]
- Below is the real announcement about OpenCongress.
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Subject: [ODOG] OpenCongress is launching today - help us spread the word!
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 16:44:04 -0000
From: David Moore :: Open Congress <davidrussellmoore@...>
OpenCongress.org is launching today -- bringing together official
government information with news articles, blog posts, campaign
contribution data, and social wisdom from the public.
We hope you'll check out the site, let us know your feedback, and help
us spread the word!
OpenCongress brings together, for the first time in one place, all the
best information about what's really happening in Congress: official
government info from THOMAS, made available by GovTrack.us; news
articles from Google News; blog posts from Technorati and Google Blog
Search; campaign contribution information from OpenSecrets.org; and
OpenCongress is an open-source, non-profit, and non-partisan web
resource. Our mission is to close the information gap between
political insiders and the general public, making Congress more
transparent and encouraging civic engagement. OpenCongress is a joint
project of the Sunlight Foundation and the Participatory Politics
One of the problems we were seeking to address with OpenCongress was
the lack of accessible web resources about the frequently-arcane world
of Congress. Political bloggers were creating a vast and valuable pool
of social wisdom on politics, but the lack of a user-friendly resource
about Congress meant that there wasn't an easy way to connect blog
posts about political issues with the actual substance of bills.
Now, OpenCongress makes it possible to get the big picture when
reading about a bill, Member of Congress, or an issue area. It's a
great tool for bloggers, citizen journalists, issue-based membership
groups, and anyone looking to make sense of the Congressional fray.
Together, we can focus effective public scrutiny on the bills that are
most important, expose corruption, and make the Congressional process
more widely accessible.
For more information about the mission of OpenCongress and our next
steps in site development, please visit ::
For an overview of some of the ways that individuals and organizations
can use OpenCongress to track the issues they care about, please
We just put the site out publicly this morning and we've been
fortunate to have already been linked on MyDD, TalkingPointsMemo,
Instapundit, and more.... we'd love your help in Digging our just-
posted launch announcement ::
Thanks to all the volunteer beta-testers and feedback from ODOG
members, it's incredibly valuable to us and greatly appreciated. Hope
you'll let us know what you think about OpenCongress in the comments
below or by e-mailing me, and help us spread the word about this new
Participatory Politics Foundation
mobile: (917) 334-1941