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We created OpenCongress, the most-visited non-profit website for tracking the U.S. Congress. A leading government transparency resource with innovative engagement tools.

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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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AskThem supports continual questions to public figures & during events. Issue-based groups, use AskThem to contact elected officials at every level of government. Media companies, partner with us to promote popular questions in your area. Elected officials, sign up as leaders in #opengov.

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Our sibling non-profit is the Participatory Culture Foundation,
working for a fairer, more open, and more democratic media space.

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Announcing Councilmatic and NYC Councilmatic

New project homepage for Councilmatic, ready to roll out nationwide.

New project homepage for Councilmatic, ready to roll out nationwide.

Today from the Code For America Summit, we’re excited to launch our new non-profit project Councilmatic. Finally, a version of OpenCongress for cities is here.

Our new version of the site is first launching for our beloved home base of New York City: NYC Councilmatic. Track and understand what’s happening in NYC government.

The goal of Councilmatic is to make it easier for NYC residents to follow, share and discuss local lawmaking and how it affects their communities. Continue reading

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