United Republic has partnered up with Link TV to send one citizen reporter to the 2012 Republican and Democratic national conventions in Tampa and Charlotte on August 29 and September 3. The chosen citizen reporter will be a volunteer who will report on the conventions through the lens of money in politics. He or she will receive training and technical support and will be featured as part of the national station’s political coverage.
The search will end on July 25, with the final announcement made August 3.
Would-be reporters have already started to submit videos on United Republic’s site. They include students, retirees, and working Americans from across the country, and they want to ask politicians about super PACs, money’s impact on democracy, and how to fix the problem of corporate money in politics.
“The public is tired of talking heads and uber-rich donors dictating what’s best for this country,” said United Republic CEO Josh Silver. “Real Americans know what we really need to do to solve the biggest problems facing us — and that’s get money out of politics. If citizens don’t raise these concerns to the two main parties, then no one will.”