About the
Project & Team

AskThem is a project of the Participatory Politics Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to increase civic engagement. AskThem is supported by a charitable grant from the Knight Foundation's Tech For Engagement initiative.

AskThem is a free & open-source website for questions-and-answers with public figures. It's a not-for-profit tool for a stronger democracy, with open data for informed and engaged communities.

AskThem allows you to:

  • Find and ask questions to over 142,000 elected officials nationwide: federal, state and city levels of government.
  • Get signatures for your question or petition, have it delivered over email or Twitter, and push for a public response.
  • See questions from people near you, sign-on to questions you care about, and review answers from public figures.

It's like a version of "We The People" for every elected official, from local city council members all the way up to U.S. senators. Enter your email above to be the first to ask a question when we launch and see previews of the site.

Elected officials: enter your email above and we'll send you more information about signing up to answer questions on AskThem. It's a free and non-partisan service to respond to your constituents in an open public forum and update them over email about your work. Or, be a leader in open-government and sign up now.

Issue-based organizations and media: sign up to help promote questions to government from people in your area. We're working to launch with partnerships that build greater public accountability.

Previously known as the OpenGovernment.org project, AskThem is open-source and uses open government data - our code is available on GitHub - contributions welcome. For more development updates & discussion, join our low-traffic Google Group.

We're a small non-profit organization actively seeking charitable funding support - help us launch this powerful new tool for public dialogue! Email us for a copy of our non-profit funding prospectus. If you can make a tax-exempt gift to support our work, please donate to PPF. More background on the project is available on our Knight NewsChallenge proposal from March 2013.

Questions, feedback, ideas? Email David Moore, Executive Director of PPF - david at ppolitics.org, Twitter: @ppolitics; like our page on Facebook & follow @AskThemPPF on Twitter. Stay tuned!

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