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Open meetings need open data

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Open meetings laws are an essential element of open government. Ensuring public access to government decision-making processes can help create transparency, allow for accountability, and encourage public participation in the choices being made on the public's behalf. For open meetings laws to live up to their full potential, they need to reflect the opportunities provided by recent advances in technology. Governments are already starting to u ...
Full article at: Sunlight Foundation 5 hours ago, 3:05pm CDT

The DISCLOSE Act and the First Amendment

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Sen. Mitch McConnell argues Democrats are using campaign finance reform as a vehicle to silence their opponents; Image credit: Senate Rules and Administration Committee In their second hearing on anonymous campaign spending since the Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision, members of the Senate Rules Committee sparred over the implications of the DISCLOSE Act, a bill that which would require political ...
Full article at: Sunlight Foundation 5 hours ago, 2:53pm CDT

Today in #OpenGov 7/23/14

Keep reading for today's look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis, including divergent super PAC strategies for Democrats and Republicans in 2014, arrests of police officers on a corruption investigation in Turkey, and plenty of state and local news. National News Democratic Party leadership has largely excluded independent super PACs from its 2014 strategy. Whereas the Dems have chosen to funnel campaign funds to individual candidates throu ...
Full article at: Sunlight Foundation 13 hours ago, 7:16am CDT

Reliable data in Indonesian national elections stops at campaign finance

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Photo of newly election Indonesian president, Joko Widodo. Image Credit: Flickr Commons For the second time this year, Indonesian citizens went to the polls for a national election; this time, to choose the country’s next president. In some respects, the Indonesian government is incredibly transparent about elections. The General Election Commission releases extensive amounts of data on voting demogr ...
Full article at: Sunlight Foundation 1 day ago, 2:15pm CDT

Questions remain for Mayday PAC

Mayday PAC founder and Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig speaking at Stanford University in 2008; Photo credit: Flickr user Robert Scoble I won’t be asking you to DONATE NOW again and again. That bit is done. Instead, for the rest of this cycle, what you’ll hear from us is about how your campaign is working. We’ve got lots of ideas about how to make this work. We’ll be testing them and improving them and building lots that’s new. But you’ve raised the money. It’s time to get ...
Full article at: Sunlight Foundation 1 day ago, 1:15pm CDT

Today in #OpenGov 7/22/2014

Keep reading for today's look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis including new House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's generous donation influx from lobbyists and executives alike, a lack of transparency as Russian-backed militants continue to hamper analysis of the tragic crash of MH17, and a lobbying battle in Sacramento over popular ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft. National News Loui ...
Full article at: Sunlight Foundation 1 day ago, 9:12am CDT

OFA fundraising down, but still attracting new donors

This report is a joint project of the Sunlight Foundation and the Center for Responsive Politics. As it signaled a few months ago, Organizing for Action, the nonprofit spinoff from President Barack Obama's reelection campaign that focuses on advancing his legislative agenda, saw a drop off in big donors and its overall fundraising in the second quarter: close to $3.9 million compared with almos ...
Full article at: Sunlight Foundation 1 day ago, 9:00am CDT

Top super PAC donors lean left

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The top three individual donors to super PACs this political cycle are all Democrats, according to an analysis of data downloaded from Sunlight's Real-Time FEC tool. That's a huge turnaround from 2012, when the top three spots all went to GOP megadonors. Whether that trend will hold isn't yet clear. With five months left before the election, torrents of cash will continue to flow into campaigns,  and a few donors dropping $5 mi ...
Full article at: Sunlight Foundation 2 days ago, 3:07pm CDT

Money, Politics and Transparency: What we learned at OKFest

Attendees converse at the Money, Politics and Transparency session at OK Fest 2014. Photo credit: Flickr/John Wonderlich Many of us in the global anti-corruption and transparency communities were lucky enough to convene at the Open Knowledge Festival in Berlin last week. Money, Politics and Transparency took advantage of the gathering and held a session dedicated to inspire more work on political finance transparency and to begin to answer some of the hard questions around the ...
Full article at: Sunlight Foundation 2 days ago, 12:26pm CDT

Today in #OpenGov 7/21/14

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Keep reading for today's look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis including a Guardian interview with Edward Snowden, a new model for journalism in Germany, and a profile of a major power broker in North Carolina state politics. National News Many small K Street firms have seen business booming in the past few months, with some firms posting record earnings in the second quarter. It's still unclear how larger firms are faring in an increasin ...
Full article at: Sunlight Foundation 2 days ago, 10:17am CDT

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