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How to Tell If Your Member of Congress Is a Crony Capitalist

Timothy Karr | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Timothy Karr

First, find who his or her biggest corporate donors are. Then check his or her record on policies that may impact the bottom lines of those companies. Does she support or oppose financial-sector reform? Has he recently signed a letter or released a statement opposing EPA curbs to coal-plant emissions?

Comcast, Time Warner and Congress: Perfect Together

Michael Winship | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

On April 9, the US Senate held its first hearing on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner deal -- a $45 billion transaction that will affect millions of consumers and further pad some already well-lined pockets.

Top 5 Goals For Open Government In 2014

Charlie Firestone | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Charlie Firestone

The year 2014 presents open government advocates with a large agenda and an opportunity to make significant progress in this emerging and important field.

Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

Michael Winship | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations -- already whittled to a minimum by Citizens United -- is being steadily eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation, bureaucracy and an inability or refusal to enforce the few rules we have left.

Biggest Players in Shutdown Drama Raised Big Bucks in Q3

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

House Speaker John Boehner may have had a rough couple of weeks with a shutdown that's made him a lightning rod for public anger over gridlock in Washington, but the Ohio Republican is still one of the biggest political money magnets in town.

Transparency Groups to Congress: Appropriations Logjam Hurts Democracy

Jo Comerford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jo Comerford

National Priorities Project (NPP), Center for Effective Government, and the Sunlight Foundation today released a joint letter to the leaders of the U....

Paul Blumenthal

Santorum Illegally Directed $1 Million To Super PAC Supporting Campaign, Watchdogs Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former 2012 Republican presidential candidate and Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) broke campaign finance rules by directing a $1 million chec...

Trustworthy Journalism in a Fact-checking-free World

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.24.2013 | Media
Craig Newmark

Our social contract with the news business is that they hold the powerful to account. In return, we buy the products of news outlets, and give news professionals certain protections, like the U.S. First Amendment and shield laws.

Why Wall Street Reformers Can't Win (In 1 Chart)

The Huffington Post | David Winograd | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business

Based on this chart, we'd say that the banks are working a lot harder on financial reform than the reformers. The result: Not a lot of financial re...

Vastly Scaling Up the Effectiveness of Nonprofits

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

How does a person of good will work with others, across the planet and across the years, to scale up to help out everyone? I've realized, in the past few days, that a solution could involve nonprofits which focus on vetting on-the-ground nonprofits.

Open Data Executive Order Shows Path Forward

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

By requiring agencies to publicly list all their data that could be made public, the president is not just reaffirming that decisions about disclosure should be based on the public interest, he's also giving the public (and Congress) tools to enforce them.

Is It Journalism, Or Just A Repackaged Press Release?

The Atlantic | Posted 04.23.2013 | Media

Today, the Sunlight Foundation has unveiled a tool that will help us all with this work. "The tool is, essentially, an open-source plagiarism detectio...

Obama Versus Campaign Finance Laws

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

There's a certain conventional wisdom that President Obama wants stronger campaign finance laws, and to protect our democracy from the corrupting effects of money in politics. It's a story that you should no longer believe.

Amanda Terkel

Anti-Hagel Groups Spend More Than $100,000 On Opposition Ads

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Groups trying to stop Chuck Hagel from becoming the next Defense Secretary have spent $123,000 on television ads against the Republican ...

Corporate Party Favors at the Inaugural Shindig

Michael Winship | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Despite reports of corporate and other highrollers offended at alleged aloofness and a lack of perks from the White House during the first term, this time, they'll be welcomed with open arms. The president said it himself -- he likes a good party.

Happy Birthday Richard Nixon -- RIP Campaign Finance Reform?

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

It was actually Nixon who, in 1971, signed into law the Federal Election Campaign Act, limiting the amount of money that could be donated to congressional and presidential campaigns and requiring that those donations be reported.

"Fiscal Cliff" Casts Shadow of Secrecy

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Just like the debt limit negotiations and super committee process that helped cause it, the so-called "fiscal cliff" of expiring laws is creating another round of secretive negotiations among our political leaders.

Don't Believe the Spin. Dark Money Won.

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The Obama victory didn't signal the demise of big-money politics. It didn't spell the end of the super PAC, far from it. And the election wasn't a train wreck for political advertising -- even after groups paid billions for spots that supported losing candidate.

What We Learned: 10 Lessons From the Campaign Brought to You by Citizens United

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

For the candidates, it's all over except for the voting, but for those of us who follow money in politics, it will take months to close the books on what will be the most expensive election in history.

Outside Money in the Senate: 1 Map, 4 Graphs and 7 Takeaways

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Outside money continues to pour in at a record pace this election cycle, and beyond the presidential race, the biggest general election spending totals are all in Senate races. ll told, outside groups have dropped $189.4 million into Senate races as of October 23.

Cheerleaders, Tequila Make For Big Business In Tampa

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2012 | Small Business

By Andy Sullivan TAMPA, Fla., Aug 30 (Reuters) - Voters watching the Republican National Convention may see Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan an...

Nate Willis

Bipartisan Duo Calls For Public Access To Hidden Reports

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate Willis | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan congressional duo is calling for the American public to be given access to the same information that members of Congress ha...

Our Daughters, Moms, and Sisters: Republican Attacks on Women's Choice Should Also Mobilize Men

Hans Johnson | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Men should join in rejecting the attack on reproductive health and insisting on candidates who know the issues around access to contraceptives and abortion and promise to advocate and advance coverage, affordable care, and fairness.

Jason Linkins

Lawmakers Delete Tweets In Wake Of Confusing Coverage Of Health Care Ruling

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.28.2012 | Politics

Twitter basically turned out be a terrific intoxicant to the news cycle today, with news of the Supreme Court's decision breaking in every possible di...

Jason Linkins

The Sunlight Foundation Will Save Your Politicians' Embarrassing Tweets For History

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics

For as long as politicians have been using Twitter, politicians have been embarrassing themselves on Twitter. This is because they're mostly dimwi...