Recent Press Releases
April 2, 2014 —
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Supreme Court handed down its decision on the campaign finance case, McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission, ruling that aggregate limits of direct contributions to political candidates are unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
March 14, 2014 —
In the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision that could be announced as soon as the week of March 24, the Supreme Court is expected to strike down the long-standing cap on total contributions individuals may give to federal candidates and political parties, permitting the unseemly spectacle of a single donor contributing more than $3.5 million to one party during an election cycle. This Sunshine Week, as we consider the vital importance of the public’s right to know, Congress should feel pressured to ensure we all have access to who’s funding and influencing our elections.
March 4, 2014 —
The Sunlight Foundation, National Press Club, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), OpentheGovernment.org, ProPublica and Reporters Committee for Freedom the Press invite journalists, open government advocates and others interested in government accountability to attend “Partly Cloudy: Why ‘Public Information’ Doesn't Always = Accessible Information,” a Sunshine Week panel that unveils the technical keys to making data truly transparent.
Although often with good intentions, the government sometimes hinders access to valuable public information by posting it online in proprietary and other closed formats (such as PDFs) that make analysis problematic. Panelists from Sunlight, USA Today, ProPublica and the Data Transparency Coalition will discuss how digitizing government data does not always improve its accessibility, and will provide insights on how to overcome poor disclosure practices.
November 18, 2013 —
WASHINGTON, DC — The Sunlight Foundation today filed its first ever Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Sunlight is filing suit against the General Services Administration because the GSA is six months behind on a FOIA request for federal government contract information maintained by the website FedBizOpps.gov.
"We are pursuing litigation as a way to support the work of Sunlight's technology arm, Sunlight Labs. The information we are requesting will give more oversight to how government contracts are bid, awarded and managed," said Ginger McCall, federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation.
October 29, 2013 —
WASHINGTON, DC — The Sunlight Foundation today is re-introducing a popular website that allows anyone to learn more about how legislation is made in Washington, D.C. OpenCongress.org, which was conceived and developed by the Participatory Politics Foundation and funded by the Sunlight Foundation, is now solely a project of the Sunlight Foundation.
OpenCongress.org is a free, open source and nonpartisan tool that gives users a front row seat on how bills are made, as well as connecting them to like-minded individuals. As the new, sole operator of the website, Sunlight refreshed OpenCongress so that it provides that most accurate, accessible information about members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, the federal legislation they write and the workings of Congress.
August 22, 2013 —
WASHINGTON, DC — The Sunlight Foundation selected seven recipients for our first round of OpenGov Grants. This funding supports open source projects that use technology to make government more open and accountable. The seven projects receiving a one-time OpenGov Grant in the range of $5,000 to $10,000 are:
July 9, 2013 —
WASHINGTON, DC — The Sunlight Foundation today introduces a new way for iPhone and iPad users to keep tabs on what’s happening on Capitol Hill. Congress is a free app that allows you to quickly access the latest information from Washington, including recent bills, lawmaker contacts, roll call votes and more — all on any iOS device.
Download Congress for iOS in the App Store. (Have an Android phone? Congress is already available as an app.)
June 18, 2013 —
WASHINGTON, DC — The Sunlight Foundation is the recipient of a new $4 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The grant will further Sunlight’s ongoing work in bringing technology-driven transparency and accountability to government and will allow the Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan, nonprofit to serve as a cornerstone in the Knight Foundation’s open government grant making.
Over the next three years, Sunlight will use the Knight Foundation support to make more government data accessible, build tools to bring that data to the public and share with the growing open government community lessons learned from our work. These funds are the second-largest foundation grant received by Sunlight since its founding in 2006.
June 10, 2013 —
WASHINGTON, DC — The Sunlight Foundation welcomes applicants to our new OpenGov Grants program. We will provide one-time grants from $5,000 to $10,000 to support open source projects that use technology to make government more open and accountable. OpenGov Grants will help further the impact that investment in technology-driven transparency at any level of government level can achieve.
Interested parties can apply online at Sunlightfoundation.com/opengovgrants/. Watch a brief video about OpenGov Grants below.
May 9, 2013 —
The Sunlight Foundation issued the following statement regarding the White House’s Executive Order and the new Open Data Policy for federal agencies.