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Co-founder of Sludge. David previously worked as director of the non-profit Participatory Politics Foundation, creating free and open-source technology for civic engagement. PPF’s flagship website, the congressional transparency resource OpenCongress, received 70 million page views between 2007-2013, with hundreds of thousands of users tracking bills, campaign contributions, and votes to follow the money.

David and PPF developed Contact-Congress, the first libre & open-source system for any website to deliver messages through to congressional webforms. Contact-Congress was later used by Fight For the Future, EFF, Action Network, and other groups to power advocacy for millions of members every month.

PPF also developed AskThem, the first question-and-answer platform for every U.S. elected official; the GovKit Ruby gem, for aggregating open government API’s; and NYC Councilmatic, the first open-data website for NYC Council legislation and more city government information such as public meeting agendas. There’s still lots to do to liberate public info and support independent culture. He lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn (NYC Council district 37).

Articles By David Moore

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Bloomberg Surrogates Have Seats on DNC Rules Committees

After DNC Chair Tom Perez unilaterally changed the Feb. 19 presidential debate requirements, opening the door for Mike Bloomberg, two campaign surrogates are in position to propose changes to superdelegate voting rules for the July DNC Convention.

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‘No Corporate PAC Money’ Dems Keep Taking Corporate PAC Money

Six House Democrats who pledged not to accept corporate PAC donations are still receiving corporate money through a PAC set up by the campaign treasurer of Rep. Max Rose, co-sponsor with Rep. Josh Harder of the Ban Corporate PACs Act.

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Is Your Rep Invested in Fossil Fuels?

Use the interactive map below to see if your representative owns stock in oil, gas, and coal companies.

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The Members of Congress Who Profit From War

Here are the senators and representatives who own stock in Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and other top defense contractors.

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Co-Chair of Conservative Blue Dogs Hosts Fundraiser for Joe Biden

The Blue Dog Coalition, led by Biden fundraiser Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.), often votes with Republicans to block Democratic policies.

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Top Democratic Recipient of Defense Industry Cash Is Silent on Iran

Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.), the favorite of Lockheed Martin’s donations last cycle, has not yet joined House Democrats in criticizing President Trump’s military strike.

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Bundlers, Lobbyists, and Access: What Studies Show About Big-Money Influence

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