You may have heard the buzz recently about HonestPolitics - a small, timely startup founded to increase voter turnout and voter access to factual information about elected representatives.
But did you know, HonestPolitics was co-founded by a Brockport native?
Andy Kleehammer - a 2002 graduate of Brockport High School - and Lyndon White formed HonestPolitics to help Americans stay informed and actively engaged in the political process. It's centerpiece is the HonestPolitics app, which lets users access factual, non-partisan, honest information about politicians easily on their Android phones.
"Our mission is to help everyone be informed and engaged in the political process," said Kleehammer, the company's CEO, who lives outside Washington, D.C. with his wife Nicole and two children.
Kleehammer became interested in politics while attending Alfred University. After graduating in 2006 he moved to the D.C. bubble to work in web development. He started HonestPolitics as a side project with White (a former co-worker) in late 2014.
"We were talking about the results of the 2014 election and getting frustrated with low voter turnout and other things," said Kleehammer, recalling HonestPolitics' organic roots. "I went home and said 'Why can't we do something?'"
Kleehammer is currently working on HonestPolitics full-time. The company has started a Kickstarter which will allow their app to improve further and include features like campaign contribution data, SuperPAC spending data, representative voting history, presidential executive orders, voter registration, and a 2018 sample ballot.
The page for the HonestPolitics Kickstarter can be found here.