Julianna Baggott and David Scott started We Represent the 47 after Baggott wrote an Open Letter to Mitt Romney, the day after she and Dave watched the now-infamous leaked video tape. Her letter -- now posted here -- struck a lot of readers and they were goaded by fellow novelist Jon Jefferson to make something bigger. So Julianna and Dave sent out emails to other writers about the possibility of a site that would tell the truth about who the 47 percent truly are. (Baggott and Scott know firsthand that Romney's version is terribly untrue and degrading; they married in 1993 and had their first two children under the poverty level.) Within twenty-four hours, they had dozens of letters -- from a Pulitzer Prize-winner to an 82nd Airborne Paratrooper. They started posting them. Within the first 48 hours or so, over 20,000 people had visited the site -- driven by the individual friends telling friends on the internet.

Baggott is the author of eighteen books -- under her own name as well as two pen names. Her most recent is the post-apocalyptic novel, Pure, which is about a world of haves and have-nots; it's in development with Fox2000. She's also published three collections of poetry, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, on National Public Radio's, as well as Best American Poetry and Best Creative Nonfiction. As N.E. Bode, she's published novels for younger readers, most notably The Anybodies; and, as Bridget Asher, her most recent novel is The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted. David G.W. Scott is Baggott's creative and business partner, as well as life partner. Together, they're raising four children.

Lisa Marie Keene is an intern at We Represent the 47 She received a B.A. from Florida State University and M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She teaches at The Central College of Florida.