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OpenGovernment Beta

Hi there - OpenGovernment for Montana is still in development.

OpenGovernment is a free and open-source website for government transparency at any level: state, city, local, and more. We're a non-partisan public resource based on OpenCongress.org, the most-visited not-for-profit website for tracking the U.S. Congress.

Currently, this beta version of OpenGovernment has information for five state legislatures: California, Louisiana, Maryland, Texas, and Wisconsin. We seek non-profit funding support to roll out versions of OpenGovernment for the remaining 45 U.S. state legislatures and beyond over the course of 2011.

Want to bring OpenGovernment to Montana and your city, and make this free resource even better? Fund our public-mission work!

Charitable foundations and philanthropists: we are actively seeking funding partners to continue to develop OpenGovernment. Our limiting factor is not ideas, or a lack of valuable government information to make accessible, but rather funding for open-source web development. Please download and share our non-profit funding prospectus (file is in .pdf). Contact us for more information and to start a conversation about how our vision of civic engagement through open-source software can support your program areas.

Individuals and issue-based organizations: PPF, which operates OpenGovernment, is a small 501(c)3 non-profit organization (the equivalent of just four full-time folks, plus volunteer help). We rely on small contributions just to keep this beta version up and running. If you value ever-greater transparency in government and like what you see so far, please support our work by making a tax-exempt donation: donate on OpenCongress.

If you're a strong believer in our mission, sign up to be an PPF Booster (link directs to PayPal). PPF Boosters are members who contribute one dollar per day to support our free, libre, and open-source web development. Once we reach at least 100 Boosters per month, we can contract with a professional non-profit fundraiser to raise more money to hire more programmers to liberate more government data on the open Web. Increased revenue will help us add useful new data sources, unique site features for peer-to-peer organizing, and best of all, scale up our ability to bring fully-grown versions of OpenGovernment to your state and city.

There's a lot of work yet to do to make state legislatures truly open and accountable. With this early version of OpenGovernment, we now have a good start in applying our proven model of transparency to every level government. This transparency, in turn, can restore public trust in our representative democracy and increase civic engagement in our communities. Just as OpenCongress has emerged as a leading resource for transparency in the U.S. Congress, so can OpenGovernment facilitate citizen watchdogging and responsive government in state legislatures and city councils. We're working to put government at your fingertips.

Read more about us, our our data sources, and the many ways you can help bring OpenGovernment to your state. Or, visit our homepage to see the information we bring together for our five states in this beta version and our uniquely user-friendly web design.

OpenGovernment is a joint project of two 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, the Participatory Politics Foundation and the Sunlight Foundation, and we have big plans. In keeping with the principles of transparency and accessibility, we invite you to contact us and let us know what you think.