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Announcing Our First-Ever Donation Drive

July 28, 2010 - by David Moore

OC donation drive

For the first time ever, we’re asking for your donation to keep OpenCongress up and running.

OpenCongress is a non-profit project leading the fight for open and accountable government. We provide OpenCongress as an independent public resource, 100% free and open-source.

If you believe in transparent government, please support our work with a tax-deductible donation. With your help, we’ll keep fixing what’s broken with Congress: donate now. 

After all, it’s been a busy year for Congress — and for us. From health care reform to financial reform to unemployment benefits, we’ve brought you the real story behind what’s happening in Congress. It’s been a great success — actually, it’s been our busiest year ever, with more than one million people visiting OpenCongress every month, viewing almost three million web pages.

That’s pretty amazing. Clearly, there’s a huge appetite out there for user-friendly political information and an immense public need for free online tools like ours. Over the past three years, OpenCongress has grown to become the most-visited government transparency website in the U.S., and maybe in the world.

As our community has grown, we’ve held OpenCongress together with grants from our terrific founding supporter, the Sunlight Foundation, and a few micro-donations… but we’ve reached the limit of what we can do with our current resources. So today, we need your help ::

We’re the Participatory Politics Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to increase civic engagement. We’re web-based, independent, and active in the open-source community. We’re dedicated to keeping OpenCongress strong as a non-commercial, free (as in speech), mission-driven project — no “this bill brought to you by” commercial sponsors, no awful advertisements, just public information for the public good.

We hold these principles because we believe they are the best possible foundation for building a trustworthy and effective public resource for our democracy. We’re working every day to build public knowledge about politics and liberate public data. All of which is to say: we’re supported by people like you.

  • If you use OpenCongress to learn about bills in the news and follow the issues you care about, please support our educational public-mission work.
  • If you use OpenCongress to track and share the best info about your interests in Congress with your community, please support our non-profit work enabling peer-to-peer communication and collaborative watchdogging of our government.
  • If you use OpenCongress and want to see it grow into an even more powerful tool for transparency and accountability, with useful new data sources and innovative new features, please support our open-source development. 

We’re leading the fight to fix Congress, but like you, we want to do more. For example, our massive database of government data alone costs thousands of dollars per month in web hosting costs, and we need additional server capacity to handle the web traffic we get every day.  And that’s just to maintain the site, not even to build it into the amazing open-source tool it can be. We’ve written more than 2,000 blog posts explaining the notoriously arcane legislative process in more accessible language, but there’s tons more work to do in making the bill-to-law process as widely intelligible as it can and should be for our democracy.

Make a tax-deductible donation to OpenCongress now, and please help us spread the word. With your support of OpenCongress, everyone can be an insider:

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