Frontrunner "Congressman from Microsoft" uses .LRN for Congressional Campaign -

Congressional Candidate Alex Alben (Democrat) - - the front-running congressional candidate in Washington State's 8th Congressional District (Puget Sound's east side including Bellevue, Redmond, Renton, and south to Mt. Rainer) - is using .LRN for his web site.  The site was executive produced by political messaging strategist Jesse Wendel of, and developed using .LRN by Caroline Meeks of Aristoi.

Alex Alben is running for an open seat race replacing the retiring Rep. Jennifer Dunn.  The winner of this race will be the new "Congressman from Microsoft."  Alex has the endorsement of Washington Governor Gary Locke, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, and Members of the U.S. Congressional Delegation including Rep. Brian Baird, Rep. Norm Dicks, Rep. Jay Inslee, Rep. Rick Larsen and Rep. Adam Smith.

The Alben site has customized a number of modules with code which is specific to political campaigns.  Due to the contracts which Jesse wrote for the campaign, all .LRN and/or OpenACS code developed during this campaign, is copywrited under v2 of the GPL and may be released by either Caroline or Jesse to anyone who asks, so long as that person doesn't campaign against Alex with the code in this election cycle.

People who have read the above, and think that they would like to support Alex Alben, a former executive with Real Networks, in becoming the "Congressman from Microsoft", please go to Alex's website and 1) sign-up for email -, and 2) please feel free to contribute.  We're hoping that people can put 2 + 2 together and figure that it's worth $99 bucks to contribute to a candidate who supports our values here at OpenACS, and who will be positioned to support us in the future - without us having to spell anything out further. *smiles*  Our recommended donation is $99 bucks to have a Congressman you can genuinely support.  The Microsoft district - Washington's 8th - is a key open seat, and Alex is the front-runner and well positioned to win.  You may contribute to Alex's Campaign at  Obviously, as people feel appropriate, they should contribute less or more than $99 bucks - whatever you think it takes to have someone you trust in Congress.

And in any event, people who are interested in using open source .LRN for political web sites, should feel free to directly contact Caroline or I for access to the code.

Modules used include:
    API Browser
    Automated Testing
    BCMS UI Base
    Bulk Mail
    Content Repository
    Developer Support
    dotLRN Homework
    Edit This Page
    File Storage
    General Comments
    Mail Clickthrough
    Mailing List
    New Portal
    News Aggregator
    Photo Album
    RSS Support
    Service Contracts
    Site-Wide Administration
    User Profile
    Users Selection
    Weblogger Portlet

Thanks everyone, and don't forget to vote!  Or to come look at Alex's latest video:  And please - sign up for Alex's newsletter:

Jesse Wendel
Director of Internet Strategy, Executive Producer
Alex Alben for Congress web site

PS.  If you do sign up for our newsletter - - PLEASE drop me a note at my personal email - - so I know who from .LRN/OpenACS has signed up for Alex's Newsletter.  If there are enough of you, I'll have a special email sent just to you!  Thanks so much.

Contributed by Jesse Wendel