Over the last few years, I've been working on a documentary about the scandal surrounding former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. It's an intriguing, stranger-than-fiction story of Washington, DC's tight knit world of members of Congress and the lobbyists who vie for their favor. Ultimately it exposes deep, corrosive fissures in our current system of government.
My producing partner Participant Media and I hope the film will not only shine a light on these fissures but inspire people to push for reform. We're partnering with some terrific organizations who have been fighting against government corruption for a long time to develop a toolkit that makes it easier for people to get involved.
We'd like to hear from you. We'll be showing some early footage tomorrow at Netroots Nation and will also be asking people to give us their thoughts on what tools to include in the campaign. A government for the people, by the people so to speak. Please visit www.takepart.com/citizenlobbyist to tell us what you want included.
If you're going to be at Netroots, come by our breakfast Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. HuffPost's own Roy Sekoff will be joining me along with Naomi Seligman Steiner from Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Jim VandeHei from Politico and Michael Silberman of EchoDitto who is the former MeetUp director for Howard Dean's presidential campaign.
My hope is that this tool -- and the film -- will empower people to hold their politicians feet to the fire and demand fairness and accountability in government.