Franklin Center Teams with We The People Convention


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Wednesday, May 30, 2012

    Contact: Mary Ellen Beatty, (224) 381-9459


    The Franklin Center Teams Up With Ohio Tea Party

    at “We The People” Convention, June 29-30

    -Investigative Filmmaker James O’Keefe to Headline-

    James O'Keefe

    Alexandria, Va. – The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, a nonprofit journalism organization, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the “We the People Convention” on June 29-30 in Columbus, Ohio- where hundreds of Ohioans will hear from James O’Keefe , citizen journalist and founder of Project Veritas.


    O’Keefe, guest of the Franklin Center, will be speaking on Friday afternoon about “How Online Video is Changing the Political Landscape,” and tell the story of how his videos exposed and defunded the Association for Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN).


    Trent Seibert

    O’Keefe will be joined by award-winning journalist Trent Seibert, founder and editor of Texas Watchdog, who will present on investigative reporting techniques, and also Mary Ellen Beatty, Director of Citizen Outreach at the Franklin Center. These training sessions are part of the Franklin Center’s Citizen Watchdog program designed to teach citizens the tools and skills necessary to better hold their local governments accountable.



    At the Franklin Center, we are dedicated to preserving democracy through government transparency and accountability,” said Mary Ellen Beatty, Director of Citizen Outreach at the Franklin Center.  “We are excited to be joining the We the People Convention this year to train concerned citizens to report waste, fraud, and abuse in their local Ohio communities.”


    We the People Convention President, Tom Zawistowski, said “The addition of the Franklin Center as a sponsor of the We the People Convention this year provides a significant improvement in our content. Attendees will be able to get education and training in the areas of social media and new media that are defining our movement and how we communicate with each other and with our elected officials. Our attendees will flock to the investigative reporting and opposition research breakouts, as well as the online video and social media training.”



    About We the People Convention:

    The purpose of this statewide convention shall be: to recruit, educate, and motivate Ohio citizens at the grassroots level to perform their constitutionally defined role in the governance of their townships, municipalities, counties, as well as in our state and nation, by providing opportunities, knowledge, and training to ensure limited constitutional governance. We the People Convention, Inc., is a state registered 501 (c) 4 non-profit educational organization based in Columbus, charged with assembling the convention.


    For more information on “We the People Convention,” visit or email: or call 1-866-427-9257.


    Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity promotes social welfare and civil betterment by undertaking programs that promote journalism and the education of the public about corruption, incompetence, fraud, or taxpayer abuse by elected officials at all levels of government. Founded in January of 2009, The Franklin Center is a nonpartisan organization that believes that new technology can advance the cause of transparency in government. The Franklin Center aims to educate, to advise and to train individuals and organizations from all backgrounds to become thorough, unbiased and responsible reporters well versed in new media techniques and journalistic integrity. For more information on the Franklin Center please visit

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