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There are a lot of distractions during election season. There are more and more gotcha ads, and increasingly less discussion about what really matters. At OpenTheGovernment.org, POGO, the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) we spend a lot of time thinking about how our government can be more transparent, accountable, and effective. We'd love to be having conversations with every candidate to help educate them and to inform the work that we do in Washington---no matter the results of the election. Perhaps together we can!
OpenTheGovernment.org, POGO, ASNE, and UCS have put together some questions we hope will spark important discussions about our government and democracy. These questions cover a lot of ground--on issues ranging from how to make it easy for average citizens to use FOIA successfully, how to protect the media’s ability to tell important stories to the public, how to protect whistleblowers, how to follow the money the government spends, and more. What interests you?
Over the coming days and weeks candidates will be out shaking hands, kissing babies, and making appearances at county fairs, town hall meetings, debates--maybe in your neighborhood. If you have an opportunity to ask a candidate a question, check out the 10 Questions we'd most like to ask in 2012. Then tell us about the conversations you have with candidates about making our government more open and accountable!
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