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Ellen Miller

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Haunt the House and Senate This Halloween

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 11:26 AM

In less than a month the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, popularly known as the super committee, will send Congress their recommendations to cut at least $1.2 trillion. This will affect everyone. If that wasn't frightening enough, a majority of their work...

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How to Achieve Transparency for the Super Committee

(6) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 1:22 PM

Come December, the priorities and role of our government could be drastically and fundamentally altered. Are your views and concerns being heard?

The super committee created in the wake of the debt ceiling clash is comprised of 12 members of Congress tasked with cutting at least $1.2 trillion from the...

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Following the Activity One Year After Citizens United

(3) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 2:40 PM

This Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision. We here at Sunlight recognize that if Congress and the Supreme Court are going to make it difficult to follow the money, then we're going to have to follow the action. Now is...

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WikiLeaks Thoughts

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 9:40 AM

This post was co-written by Ellen Miller and Mike Klein, Sunlight's co-founders.

The Sunlight Foundation was founded in 2006 with one core idea: that when information about what our government is doing and who is trying to influence it is made broadly available on the Internet, we as individuals and...

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What, If Anything, Can Transparency Do for the TSA?

(3) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 11:46 AM

This post was written by Paul Blumenthal, Senior Writer, at the Sunlight Foundation.

Two days from now a very large number of Americans are going to be standing in line at an airport to head home for awkward family moments and changing the notch that they use on their belt....

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A Setback in the Commitment From the White House

(3) Comments | Posted August 12, 2010 | 2:14 PM

From our perspective, with the appointment of White House Counsel Bob Bauer and Steven Croley to the Domestic Policy Counsel, we have just lost an important fight about how the Administration will handle the duties of 'ethics czar' post Norm Eisen's tenure. It certainly looks like the White House's...

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Celebrating Transparency Heroes on Ada Lovelace Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2010 | 11:43 AM

What better celebration of Ada Lovelace Day -- celebrating the achievements of women in technology -- could we have than to honor the women who are key to the government transparency movement to which technology is so key? These women are using technology to pry open the doors of government,...

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Help Us Liberate Government Records During Sunshine Week

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 2:42 PM

As part of Sunshine Week, March 14-20, The Center for Public Integrity and the Sunlight Foundation are looking for help with The Data Mine, a new online series identifying inaccessible or difficult to use information from the federal government.

So far, we've...

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A New Regime Required For Disclosure

(16) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 1:59 PM

I have a long history in the campaign finance field as a founder of two organizations -- one of which is the nation's première money and politics data crunching organization and the other of which is a nonprofit that pioneered the concept of a system of...

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Obama and Transparency: What Happens Next?

(12) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 8:57 AM

When President Barack Obama took office a little over a year ago, he put transparency in government front and center on his agenda. On his first full day on the job, he issued a memo directing executive branch agencies to come up with concrete plans to make government more transparent,...

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Envisioning a Real-Time Government

(37) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 5:00 AM

Everyday people are inundated with real time information that makes their lives, even the most mundane parts, more manageable. When I leave the house in the morning I can check weather patterns in real time on my phone. Back when the Red Sox were still alive I could find up...

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Congress' Tech-Oriented Growth Spurt

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2009 | 7:28 AM

One question that always surfaces in my discussions about transparency and technology in Congress is, "Who in Congress gets it?" It's an unfortunate question to always hear, because it just isn't the right metric to be thinking about. More notable is the rapid acceptance of new technologies among members of...

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Creating Citizen Muckrakers

(4) Comments | Posted April 27, 2006 | 2:18 PM

The House so-called "ethics and lobbying reform" package that is moving toward final passage tomorrow is beyond a joke. As the New York Times observed this morning, lobbyists are once again getting away with murder (of our democracy.) A bi-partisan poll released today for the newly created

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