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Thursday, February 14, 2008

The PNW Topic Hotlist Earns a $5000 Sunlight Foundation Mini-Grant

I am very happy to announce that the Sunlight Foundation has awarded us with a $5000 mini-grant:
WASHINGTON, DC -Today, the Sunlight Foundation is announcing new mini-grants as part of its commitment to support original ideas, tools, Web sites, and bloggers that further the organization's mission of using the Internet to foster a more open government.

"The projects Sunlight is funding today demonstrate new ways citizens are creatively using the Internet to give the public the power to learn more about their elected representatives," said Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation. "All of these new Sunlight grantees create greater transparency about elected officials and will strengthen citizen participation in the democratic process."
Ours was one of six mini-grant awarded:
$5,000 to Pacific Northwest Topic Hotlist. The Pacific Northwest Topic Hotlist aggregates over 100 political news blogs in the Pacific Northwest and organizes several hundred postings by topic, specifically highlighting coverage by local bloggers of legislative issues and their representatives in Congress. This grant will provide funding for Web hosting services for this news aggregator site and its accompanying widgets.
The grant money will help us re-host the Hotlist and ramp up the feature offerings that have been hampered by our lack of bandwidth. This is something we hope to do in the coming months.

I would like to thank Ellen Miller for taking this supportive step in the growth of this service, that until now has been funded entirely on sweat equity. The grant will ensure not only improved services and features, but guarantee we're here for some time to come.

And thanks to all the bloggers out there who have supported us by including the Hotlist widget in their sidebar. Without you, none of this would exist!

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