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Any update? I haven't heard anything in months.
Soloman, my comment is factual, I have reached out at two different times, first offering my FrontEnd UIX experience and secondly offering my time in general. I do understand that 'speculating on design' can exacerbate the production timeline exponentially, I'm just bummed that you weren't open to having even a short conversation about how additional individuals could assist in getting this project completed.
I apologize if you feel my comments might be unfair, but my intention was always to assist in the completion of this project. Best of luck completing the project.
Two months ago we were ~6 weeks away. Is there an update/target for a launch?
Solomon, can you provide a target date for completion?
Hey All! I definitely understand the frustration of the project not being launched yet, and apologize for the delays. I also want this launched as soon as possible. The data update is 80% done, and the site will be launching soon.
Rushing to launch the tool before super Tuesday, unfortunately, just wasn't possible.
@griffen, people might read your message and come to the wrong conclusion. You contacted me one time on twitter, and I replied immediately. As a fellow software person, I hope you can understand that offering to "revamp the UX and design" of a 99% complete software project, with no design changes planned before launch, could add months (or years) to the launch. Like I replied to you before, I'm excited for you to contribute to the project after it launches, and since the code will be open on Github, you will be welcome to contribute.
I've tried reaching out multiple times to this developer and he refuses additional help. I'm left feeling like this was just a personal experiment that he funded via Kickstarter. This comes as a major disappointment as many of the other tools out there suffer largely from poor UIX... Its disappointing that this doesn't seem to be a priority.
So the site won't be available until after the party nominations are all but decided.
Now is definitely the time this is needed... Is there any update?
When will there be a roll out of the entire visualization and supporting data? This is sorely needed before the primary!
Anxiously awaiting the roll out. Thx!
Is there a target date for "Go Live"? (out of beta)
Click on the politician's name, not the year baloon :)
The site is, as of 1313 PST today, still static. There IS no "Debug" button, and clicking on a year balloon for a particular elected politician has no effect. Without the "Debug" or "Contact Us" button, there is no way to notify you of problems without doing so publicly on Kickstarter. Checked with Firefox and IE, latest versions.
Solomon - excited to see the progress here. How can non-profit advocacy groups that are working to fix the problems of money in politics (like Common Cause, where I work) help promote this tool?
Hi Dwayne and David,
Official update will be going out next week, but as just a quick update here, things are going well!
The hardest part of the development was bringing in the small money donations, which I have figured out, and have a script that's currently about 50% finished, and will pulling in all the data over the next few days.
Next week, I'll send out en email to all the backers inviting them to a beta version, and I'll also send out surveys to choose a politician to sponsor.
If you have any further or specific questions, feel free to comment and I'll answer, or you can get in touch with me anytime on twitter @SolomonKahn
I second Dwayne's comment. An update is overdue.
I would love to see an update where this project is at. I think this is definitely needed, especially ahead of the next US election.
Yahoo. Congratulations. Can't wait until it rolls out. Proud to have had a tiny part in helping.
a lot of embarrassing info on all crooked pooliticians is about to air I think...
Thanks to everyone (including me) who helped to chip in! I hope there will be a Canada section in the future!
Congratulations on getting a kick start!! And thank you for what you are doing it will mean the world to so many of us, a tool to fight back and allow us to take the power of our vote back!!
Congrats on your funding. I think it would be nice too make this easy to share with social media. Possibly a facebook app that uses the person's published zip code to show them who's paying their local politicians.
Can't wait to start accessing this new tool. A wonderful idea that will display candidate finance info in terms everyone can understand. Way to go!!!
This would be a great Tool for Comedy Centrals The Daily Show to use. Be pretty cool if they reached out.
So good, thanks
I would just like to say that this is a fantastic cause. Making the information more accessible and easy to search can be a real game changer and I'm happy to be a small part of it.
Just make sure it shows both parties/every one so the page can't come across bias
Great start! The big money comes from Super PACs, 501(c)(3) organizations and other nonprofits These vehicles are "outside money" that donors give to without limits on dollars. They can spend money on election activities like ads/rallies and often do not need to disclose their donors. Tracking these "outside" organizations would be highly valuable as their dollars make up the majority of money spent on campaigning (OpenSecrets has data on this phenomenon). This will be harder, since the money never reaches a politician's campaign coffer, but maybe tracking which SuperPACs are funding which ads is a start. Congrats!
Well done, sir!
After this, let's do a comparative one for other countries (ha! j/k , I'm not ever sure where one gets data like those w/out getting shot in some countries.)
You are writing history my friend!
We need to give this project more visibility.
Every major newspaper should be talking about this.
Thanks for all the hard work Solomon. It's people like you that make this a better world.
Glad to help you out with this project, Mr. Kahn. Good luck with the execution... This should get interesting...
Hell yes. This is exactly the sort of project society needs more of. Happy to help fund it.
Brilliant concept and a chance for the citizenry of the United States to at long last expose the fraud perpetuated and foisted on the political system hijacked by money for the money at the expense of true government for the people by the people. I live in New Zealand and am not an American . However I do admire the American democratic system for what it is meant to represent. Witnessing such a system hijacked by vested interests creating a politics of class is certainly not what the originating group the founding fathers envisaged . Time to expose , name and shame and to take back and reclaim what is rightfully the political system of governance for ALL America and not as has been the position since it was corrupted and hijacked a system for the wealthy , well connected and Political Elite.
worth a fiver, hardly more
Love it. Keep up the good work. :)