Feb 27
10:41 AM

Now, everyone can be a Congressional insider!

OpenCongress, a joint project of the Sunlight Foundation and the Participatory Politics Foundation, brings together official government information with news and blog coverage to give you the "real" story behind what’s happening in Congress. Together with bills and committee reports, you can now read all the gossip about who snubbed who in the hallway, which congressional page is primed to be the next Monica L., and all the rest of the juicy and gory details behind the scenes.  According to OpenCongress, small groups of political insiders and lobbyists know what’s really going on in Congress — but now everyone can be an insider!  OpenCongress is free, and its mission is "to help make Congress more transparent and to encourage civic engagement." 

  • "OpenCongress brings together, for the first time in one place, all the best data on what’s really happening in Congress: Official Congressional information from Thomas, made available by GovTrack.us: bills, votes, committee reports, and more. News articles about bills and Members of Congress from Google News. Blog posts about bills and Members of Congress from Google Blog Search and Technorati. Campaign contribution information for every Member of Congress from the website of the non-profit, non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, OpenSecrets.org. Congress Gossip Blog: a blog written by the site editors of OpenCongress that highlights useful news and blog reporting from around the web. The blog also solicits tips, either anonymous or attributed, from political insiders, citizen journalists, and the public in order to build public knowledge about Congress."
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