Congress has a 9% approval rating ... which is less than the estimated 15% to 20% approval rating of the British Empire during the Revolutionary War in 1776.
The American people are unhappy with the representatives that they have elected yet they often cannot explain exactly what the representatives have done to earn their disapproval. In order to promote effective change in our government, our project will allow individuals to be able to pinpoint exactly what it is that their representatives voted on that they disapprove of.
Why do Americans not know the details of every bill that is being debated in Congress on a daily basis? No one has the time to read the bills! Even the representatives of our government have admitted that they oftentimes do not have time to read the bills that they are voting on. Does anyone else see something wrong with that?
Legislation, besides constantly being amended and debated, tends to be hundreds of pages long. We believe that the average individual does not have time to read hundreds of pages of bills per day and they therefore choose to opt out of participating in government.
We read all of the bills that are being debated in Congress on a daily basis. We then summarize the bills in a nonpartisan way and put them up for vote on The Fourth Branch website. The first time an individual comes onto our website, they sign up for our free service by giving us their address. We then use that address to tell the individual exactly who their Senators and House of Representatives members are along with the contact information for those representatives.
Once a user votes on a bill summary, and their elected representative's vote on that same bill in Congress, we then send the users an email telling them who their elected representatives are, how they voted on the issues presented, and the contact information of their representatives. If there is any discrepancy, users will be able to instantly contact their elected officials from our website and pinpoint exactly what topic they disagree on with their representatives.
We are creating a system of transparency and accountability for our government. By using our platform, individuals will no longer have to worry about spending hours upon hours researching political topics and what their representatives think about the issues presented. Users will be able to come onto our website, read our summaries of the bills, and vote for them in three minutes or less. Afterwards we welcome users to comment on the issues and engage in thoughtful discussions with other members of The Fourth Branch community. We strive to create an experience in which the entire voting and commenting process does not take longer than 5 minutes a day.
We are creating a time efficient way for any American with an internet connection to participate in their government.
Preview of the home page
The Fourth Branch will be the center for everything Congress. Read the bill of the day and share it with the friends you think it will impact. Leave a comment then check out what other members of The Fourth Branch community are talking about in the trending comments section. Have some extra time? Support the cause and participate in providing everyone with the information they need by submitting your own summary of a bill.
To get everyone in the United States of America to voice their opinions on a daily basis on the laws that are impacting their lives.
Who Are We?
The Fourth Branch is a team of concerned citizens who believe that Congress should be held accountable for representing their constituents. With the help of the public, we believe that we can restore faith in the American government. Please donate to our campaign today and let us be Your Link To Congress.
As you may have noticed the majority of our prizes are digital rewards that allow you to become a part of American history. We strongly believe that the website we are building will change the way that individuals residing in the United States of America will interact with their government. If you believe in our vision for a transparent and accountable government, you can immortalize your belief by donating to our project today. We will not let you down!
Make sure to check out our last reward. If you truly want your name etched into American history, for the price of $10,000 we will permanently place your picture, biography, and interview with The Fourth Branch team in our "About" section. Donate now and be remembered by historians for generations to come as a champion of change in the American government.
Design and Video Credits
We wish to thank our wonderful designer Edward Erlikh for working with us on designing the look of our website.
We would also like to thank our wonderful director and video editor Josef Abramov for all of his hard work on our indiegogo video.