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Federal government releases historic trove of data

March 2, 2015 — The federal government has just begun to release comprehensive lists of every dataset it knows it possesses, revealing data holdings pertaining to how government agencies operate and conduct oversight that have likely never been publicly identified before. These lists lay out the datasets that agencies create and rely on every day. The release comes in response to a Freedom of Information request first made in December 2013 by the Sunlight Foundation.

OMB announces unprecedented release of government data indexes


February 9, 2015 — Last Friday, the Office of Management and Budget sent a letter to the Sunlight Foundation confirming its plan to comply with Sunlight's Freedom of Information request and subsequent administrative appeal for indexes of agency data holdings, which have never been released to the public before.

‘Fixed Fortunes’: Corporate Donors Spent $5.8B on Political Influence, Received $4.4T in Financial Benefits

November 17, 2014 — The Sunlight Foundation is releasing “Fixed Fortunes,” a groundbreaking analysis and dataset of the money the biggest corporate political donors put into campaigns and lobbying and what they get in return. Sunlight’s research found that, between 2007 and 2012, 200 of the most politically active for-profit companies in the United States disclosed spending a total of $5.8 billion influencing Washington through campaign contributions and lobbying, and have benefitted from $4.4 trillion in contracts, grants, loans and subsidies. The number exceeds the $4.3 trillion that 50 million Americans received over the same time period from Social Security.

Sunlight Foundation and national partners launch campaign to open legislatures as part of Global Legislative Openness Week

September 15, 2014 — On Monday, a group of 108 civil society organizations from around the world, including the Sunlight Foundation, the Latin American Legislative Network, Open Knowledge, Access Info Europe and local Transparency International chapters launched a global campaign to highlight the importance of transparent and accountable legislatures, and to help parliaments embrace new technologies when publishing information about their work.

Chris Gates chosen as Sunlight Foundation's new president

September 8, 2014 — The Sunlight Foundation, one of the foremost leaders in the use of technology to enable more complete, equitable and effective democratic participation, is pleased to announce that Chris Gates has been named as the organization’s new president.

EDITORIAL MEMO: The Freedom of Information Act must be updated

August 26, 2014 — This summer, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced improvements to the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA Improvement Act of 2014), which would update the critically important law to promote greater government transparency and accountability.

EDITORIAL MEMO: Political ad transparency should extend to cable, radio and satellite companies

August 13, 2014 — The public recently won a major transparency victory when, as of July 1, 2014, after years of public pressure, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began requiring that all broadcast television stations post their political files online. These files contain information about who buys political ads at a station, how much they cost and the issue or candidate at the center of the ad.