The Fourth Branch - Your Link To Congress

We summarize bills debated in congress. You vote on the summaries. Emails show you how your representatives voted on the same issues.
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Leonid Levit
Politics
Brooklyn, New York
United States
1 Team Member

The Problem

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.

Our Solution

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. 

Our Mission

 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.

Our Prizes

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.

 

 

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  • $1USD
    Support the Cause!

    The knowledge that you were a part of American history, the eternal gratitude of The Fourth Branch team, and a tweet with your name and state thanking you for your contribution to the cause.

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    Dreams & Wishes

    What is your dream for the United States of America? If there was one thing you could change about the United States of America what would it be? Your answers to these questions as well as your name and state will be forever immortalized on our website in a section called "Wall of Dreams" and " Wall of Wishes". Above prizes are also included in this reward.

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    Message from an Eagle

    A custom postcard from The Fourth Branch team thanking you for your contribution as well as a weird / funny law from your state on the back! Above prizes are also included in this reward.

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    A Piece of History

    A personalized typed letter that will have the authentic signatures of the four co-founders of The Fourth Branch. The letter will describe the dream the co-founders of The Fourth Branch have for this project and the difference it could make in the history of our nation. Above prizes are also included in this reward.

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    Your choice of a button pin or bumper sticker designed by The Fourth Branch team. Above prizes are also included in this reward.

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    Bronze Status

    You will be a bronze status member on our website. Everyone will be able to see that you were one of the original contributors to this project whenever you comment on any bill summary on our website because all of your comments will have a small bronze plaque or trophy next to them. Above prizes are also included in this reward.

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    You will receive a hat that is custom designed by The Fourth Branch team. Above prizes are also included in this reward.

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    Silver Status & Access

    You will be a silver status member on our website. Being a silver member also signs you up to our private email list for six months where you will receive weekly updates on our work at The Fourth Branch. Above prizes are also included in this reward except for the bronze status plaque/trophy.

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    Gold Status and Phone Call

    You will receive a phone call from one of the co-founders of The Fourth Branch and you will get to ask us one question about our project. You will also receive a t-shirt that is designed by The Fourth Branch team. You will also become a gold status member on our website. Being a gold member also signs you up to our private email list for six months where you will receive weekly updates on our work at The Fourth Branch. Above prizes are also included in this reward.

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    A very slick and stylish messenger bag designed by The Fourth Branch team. Above prizes are also included in this reward except for the bronze status and silver status plaques/trophies. You end up going right to gold!

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    Fourth Branch in your hand!

    You will get a private invitation to participate in our app beta for Android. You will also become a platinum status member on our website. You will also get a private email address that you could message one question per week to for 6 months and we promise to respond to your question within the same week. Above prizes are also included in this reward.

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    Dining out with the team

    A dinner with the founders of The Fourth Branch in a fine dining establishment the next time you are in New York City. Satisfy your curiosity about the inner workings of our project and get to know the individuals behind the idea on a personal level. Above prizes are also included in this reward except for the gold, silver and bronze status plaques/trophies.

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    Founding Father / Mother

    We will only take one man and one woman for this reward. You are the Founding Father or Founding Mother of our project! You will have the eternal gratitude of our team as well as the eternal gratitude of the American people. Your name, picture, brief biography, and interview with The Fourth Branch team will forever be on our companies "About" page. Above prizes are also included in this reward.

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