July 9

BillMaps – putting Congressional bills on the map!

I recently finished my new site, BillMaps.com, which shows Congressional votes and sponsors on a map! I was inspired to make this site because of HR 1207, Ron Paul’s Audit The Fed bill. I wanted to see all the sponsors, and there was no way to do that.. so I made a way!

I’ve still got some stuff to add but this is the basic functionality. I was surprised that nobody else had made this yet. here’s my favorite bill, Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009 sponsors on a map. any comments/recommendations welcome. sweet.

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May 22

S 604: Audit The Fed, pt. 2!

this is a sister post to HR 1207: Audit The Fed

great news… well over 1/3 of the House is now co-sponsoring HR 1207! this means it has a great chance to pass. but now we’ve got to get cracking on its companion bill in the Senate! S 604, Federal Reserve Sunshine Act of 2009 [GT] [OC], is that bill. and it currently has no co-sponsors! time to change that. here’s how:

  • go to faxZero, which lets you send 2 faxes per day for free. put your name and email into the “Sender Information” box (it’s important to use a valid email, as you will be sent a confirmation which you have to click before the fax will be sent).
  • download this pdf. attach it to the “Fax Information” section in faxZero, and enter the Confirmation Code.
  • find Senators which are NOT currently co-sponsors of this bill (here are Virginia’s Senators).
  • go to your Senator’s official website and find the contact page. find the fax number for their Washington D.C. Office, and copy and paste it into the “Receiver Information” box in faxZero after putting their name into this section.
  • HERE ARE NAMES AND FAX NUMBERS FOR VA SENATORS:
    • Senator Mark Warner at 2022246295
    • Senator Jim Webb at 2022286363
  • click “Send Free Fax Now”! you will receive a confirmation message in your email – click it. congrats! you have just contacted your Senator about one of the most important issues facing our government today…
  • send another one to your other Senator. then, tomorrow, send two more. keep sending until every Senator in the nation gets the message!

UPDATE: there is another Senate Bill “to require the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to publish information on financial assistance provided to various entities, and for other purposes”: S 513.

April 30

HR 1207: Audit The Fed

“The Fed”, or The Federal Reserve, is a private conglomeration of banks which literally controls the U.S. economy and has the power to print money, but has never been audited. when asked fiscal questions by Congress, the Chairman of The Fed (currently Ben Bernanke) is free to, and ususally does, NOT answer. Alan Greenspan himself has said that The Fed is above the law. does it make sense that the most powerful private corporation in our country, one which performs all its operations with our taxpayer money, has never been audited? it’s time for this to change.

UPDATE: Rep. Alan Grayson [D-FL] asks the Federal Reserve Inspector General about the trillions of dollars lent or spent by the Federal Reserve and where it went, and the trillions of off balance sheet obligations. Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman responds that the IG does not know and is not tracking where this money is.

this is a bill by Ron Paul [GT] [OC], but it is the epitome of a nonpartisan issue. I can’t imagine a “Democrat” or “Republican” going home and saying, “well I don’t really think we have a right to know where our money is going, so I think the Federal Reserve should continue giving our money away in secrecy”.

here’s how to support this bill, and it’s almost as easy as reading what you’ve just read (well, it will take about 5 minutes):

  • go to faxZero, which lets you send 2 faxes per day for free. put your name and email into the “Sender Information” box (it’s important to use a valid email, as you will be sent a confirmation which you have to click before the fax will be sent).
  • download this pdf. attach it to the “Fax Information” section in faxZero, and enter the Confirmation Code.
  • find your state’s reps which are NOT currently co-sponsors of this bill (here are Virginia’s reps – currently the gentlemen from districts 1 and 6 ARE co-sponsors – the rest need to hear it from us!).
  • go to your rep’s official website and find the contact page (for example, Rep. Randy Forbes). find the fax number for their Washington D.C. Office, and copy and paste it into the “Receiver Information” box in faxZero after putting your rep’s name into this section.
  • UPDATE: HERE ARE NAMES AND FAX NUMBERS:
    • Rep. Rob Wittman [R] at 2022254382 (already a co-sponsor)
    • Rep. Glenn Nye [D] at 2022254218
    • Rep. Robert Scott [D] at 2022258354
    • Rep. Randy Forbes [R] at 2022261170 (5/20/2009 UPDATE: NOW CO-SPONSORING!)
    • Rep. Tom Perriello [D] at 2022255681 (5/13/2009 UPDATE: NOW CO-SPONSORING!)
    • Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R] at 2022259681 (already a co-sponsor)
    • Rep. Eric Cantor [R] at 2022250011 (6/23/2009 UPDATE: NOW CO-SPONSORING!)
    • Rep. Jim Moran [D] at 2022250017
    • Rep. Rick Boucher [D] at 2022250442
    • Rep. Frank Wolf [R] at 2022250437 (6/11/2009 UPDATE: NOW CO-SPONSORING!)
    • Rep. Gerald Connolly [D] at 2022253071
  • click “Send Free Fax Now”! you will receive a confirmation message in your email – click it. congrats! you have just contacted your Representative about one of the most important issues facing our government today…
  • but don’t stop there! send another one to another rep. then, tomorrow, send two more. keep sending until every rep in the nation gets the message! we wanna know where the gold at.

if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments. I would love to answer them. it’s time for transparency.