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Here's What Your Member Of Congress Can Actually Do For You

The Huffington Post | Sara Bondioli | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

Congress the institution might be useless, but the members of Congress who represent you can be quite helpful. Representatives and senators have entir...

This Democratic Congressman Is Adopting Obama's Overtime Rules

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) announced Monday that his offices will adopt the Obama administration's proposed overtime pay rules, regar...

Senate Chaplain Barry Black Leads Congressional Staffers In Prayer During Walkout

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.12.2014 | Religion

Congressional staffers walked out of their offices on Thursday and bowed their heads in prayer while protesting the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric G...

Sequestration May Hit Capitol Hill Staffers Where It Really Hurts

| Posted 10.03.2012 | DC

By Emma Dumain Roll Call Staff Members of Congress nearly uniformly decry the threat of sequestration and the effect that $109 billion in automati...

Having Real Influence on Capitol Hill

David K. Rehr | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
David K. Rehr

How one does measure their influence on Capitol Hill?

Make It Simple for Congress to Find Your Legislative Priorities

David K. Rehr | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Many Americans think they have little chance to impact Washington, given the professional army of lobbyists and lawyers who swarm Capitol Hill on a daily basis. But they would be wrong.

Advocacy Tools That Influence Congressional Decision-making

David K. Rehr | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
David K. Rehr

You now know more than some of the 12,000 plus lobbyists walking through the corridors of power on Capitol Hill. Use it to promote your passion -- whatever that passion might be.

Memoirs of a Capitol Hill Staffer

Andy Kutler | Posted 05.11.2012 | Politics
Andy Kutler

For every conscientious statesmen in office, we have also elected a dozen grenade-throwers who measure success in terms of constituencies pandered to, election victories tallied, and political points scored in the media.

Christina Wilkie

Slain Giffords Aide May Be Honored With Permanent Capitol Memorial | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just over six months after the Jan. 8 massacre in Tucson that killed six people and injured Rep. Gabrielle GIffords (D-Ariz.), members o...

Dan Froomkin

Congress Increasingly Staffed By Former Lobbyists | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics

The number of former lobbyists working as key congressional staffers has more than doubled since the Republican Party took control of the House, a new...

Christina Wilkie

Legendary Bar Bounces Back After Fire | Christina Wilkie | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A grease fire Wednesday morning at the Tune Inn, a legendary Capitol Hill bar, has severely damaged the restaurant’s kitchen but spare...

Dems Face 'Serious Brain Drain'

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For many top Democratic communicators this year, it was time to pursue other career options -- ones that don't revolve around a 24-hour news cycle. ...

The Tragedy of Political Advocacy

Jake Brewer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Brewer

If you are one of the 135 million people [1] who have contacted Congress by letter, phone call, or online petition in the last few years, you've proba...

What Congress Is Doing With $1 Billion Of YOUR Tax Dollars

AOL News | Ernie Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Together, the Sunlight Foundation's three databases of this internal congressional spending -- prepared in coordination with the Capitol Hill newspape...

I'm Sorry, America -- As a Former Congressional Staffer I Helped Break Democracy

Mike Larsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mike Larsen

Lately, some courageous career politicians like Newt Gingrich, John Boehner and Charley Rangel have bravely come forward to reveal a startling fact about the problems with our democracy -- It's not their fault!

Democrats Soliciting Lobbyist Cash In Exchange For Face Time With Senior Staff

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lobbyists typically open their wallets as a way to get close to Members. But this week, K Streeters are expected to cut checks in droves for the chan...