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March 21, 2008 - by David Moore

The U.S. Congress produces thousands of bills every year — so it’s difficult to figure out which are significant, and which aren’t so much. Of course, some data is available on official government websites, but usually without real-world context for determining which bills affect the things you care about. Non-profit organizations and issue-based groups could use more helpful ways to follow their interests in Congress.

<img src=“”align="right"width="200"height"140">Towards this end, has submitted a proposal to the NetSquared Mashup Challenge. New data mashups on “My OpenCongress” will allow users to customize the stream of info they receive about their tracked items. In other words, it can be a lot easier to separate the signal from the noise on Capitol Hill— to figure out what bills and votes are important or meaningful to you. Our open user community will have access to a wider variety of content, more streams of helpfully-curated data about their interests, and more social wisdom from around the web.

Please support OpenCongress by voting today:

First, create a free NetSquared account, or login.

Second, visit the OpenCongress proposal, then click the red “Vote For My Mashup” button.

Third, vote for at least 4 other projects, here are some we recommend:


b) Metavid

c) VoteSmart + Follow The Money

d) Ask Your Lawmaker

Fourth, cast your ballot for OpenCongress and others. That’s it! If you have any questions, send us a note:, and feel free to leave a comment on our NetSquared proposal page with your feedback. We really appreciate your help.

Finally, please forward this post to your friends and online communities and encourage them to vote for OpenCongress — help build public knowledge about Congress! Thanks on behalf of the OC Team.

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