Sunlight Foundation

The Sunlight Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by Washington, DC businessman and lawyer Michael Klein and longtime Washington public interest advocate Ellen Miller with the non-partisan mission of using the revolutionary power of the Internet to make information about Congress and the federal government more meaningfully accessible to citizens.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
‘Open States’ Connects You to any U.S. State Capitol and Lawmakers
The Sunlight Foundation today launches OpenStates.org — a website anyone can use to discover more about lawmaking in their state. Open States is a comprehensive database of legislative information for all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The website makes it easy to find state lawmakers, review their votes, search legislation and track bill progress, as well as compare legislation from state to state.
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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Sunlight Foundation Debuts 'Docket Wrench' -- Track Federal Regulation Comments Online
The Sunlight Foundation launches a new influence-tracking website today that uncovers trends in the federal rulemaking process. Docket Wrench is a searchable database and visualization tool that explores the federal rulemaking system, monitoring comments from 10,000 organizations across 300 federal agencies.
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Dodd-Frank at 2: New Analysis Shows Big Banks Dominate Meetings with Financial Regulators
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protect Act turns two years old on Saturday. In the 24 months since President Obama signed the bill into law, federal regulators have heard overwhelmingly from the biggest banks, according to a new Sunlight Foundation analysis of financial regulatory agency meeting logs. Sunlight conducted the analysis to review the groups who were chiming in on the more than 350 new financial rules and infrastructure changes mandated by Dodd-Frank.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Congress Throttling Public Access to Federal Legislation
Does information about legislation belong to Congress or to the American people? This basic question is at the heart of a debate happening right now about how Congress releases data about what it does.
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Friday, January 13, 2012
Will Super PACs Determine the 2012 Election?
The Advisory Committee on Transparency (ACT), a project of the Sunlight Foundation, will host a panel discussion on the role of super PACs in the 2012 election on Monday, January 23. The event is the first of eight ACT is hosting throughout the year that will address important and wide-ranging transparency policy issues with those in Congress, think tanks, the media and other experts.
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Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Sunlight Live to Cover Republican Debate, Super Committee Meeting and President's Jobs Speech
Tonight at 8 p.m. EDT, Sunlight Live will kick off a busy return week for Washington by covering the Republican debate with non-partisan insights on the campaign contributions and lobbying connections as the candidates speak. The event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Library in California will include Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who recently joined the race in August. The eight Republican candidates are locked in a fundraising battle with at least one Super PAC to each of their names.
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Friday, January 28, 2011
When Political Money is Too Hard to Track, Follow the Lobbyists
For the second consecutive year, President Obama’s State of the Union remarks included support for posting congressional lobbying information online. While this theme was familiar and commendable, the speech failed to address a key point he made in Iast year’s State of the Union address about creating reforms in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. After Citizens United, campaign finance and lobbying disclosure have become even more closely linked.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
TONIGHT - Sunlight Live: Shining a Light on President Obama's State of the Union
The first Sunlight Live of 2011 is set for tonight’s State of the Union. The Sunlight Foundation will cover President Obama’s address to Congress — and GOP response — using its award-winning, real-time, investigative reporting platform, Sunlight Live . Combining live streaming video, government transparency data and social media coverage, the non-partisan Sunlight Foundation will provide insight to the proposals, people and policies mentioned during the speech.
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Friday, January 21, 2011
Citizens United Anniversary: Its Effects on Campaign Spending and Lobbying
Today, January 21, marks one year since the Supreme Court issued its decision on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The ruling paved the way for outside groups to partake in unregulated and often-anonymous campaign ad spending, and unleashed an unprecedented wave of outside spending in the mid-term elections. In response, the Sunlight Foundation created the “ Follow the Unlimited Money ” tool to shine a light on the spending information that was reported to the FEC.
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