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Questions-and-answers with every U.S. elected official and any verified Twitter account. Free & open-source, launches Feb. 10th, 2014. Question and petition people in power.

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PPF Blog

Contact-Congress Goes Gangbusters; Now, Let’s Build More Tools For It

Huge progress to note today in the Contact-Congress project.

It’s incredible to see over 72 people in the #opencongress IRC room right now! Amazing momentum & volunteers coming together from EFF’s call-to-action last night for United States org’s Contact-Congress push. Big shouts to Rainey of EFF, Sina & Taskforce.is, Dan Drinkard of Sunlight Labs, everyone with the /unitedstates.io organization, Jason of Action Network and many dozens of volunteers doing this awesome work.

PPF announces Contact-Congress features on OC, summer 2011

PPF announces Contact-Congress features on OC, summer 2011

Our non-profit, the Participatory Politics Foundation, began the open-source Contact-Congress project in 2010, then launched it publicly in  2011 with our OpenCongress.org version 3. Read my launch blog post from July 27, 2011  (which Donny published for us) – “OCv3: now, the easiest way to organize and contact Congress“. For free & open-source submission of electronic messages through notoriously-closed-off Congressional websites. Another post of mine from July 30th, 2011, “Email your members of Congress about the debt ceiling bills“: “Previously, constituents had to visit at least three different websites to send emails to their two U.S. senators & U.S. representative. Various political blog communities & issue-based groups have custom software solutions for their grassroots members to write-their-reps, but the public at large didn’t have a one-stop tool for something as basic as sending an email to all three of their federal legislators.”  Continue reading

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