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Lobbyists, Experts and Journalists to Discuss Lobbying Reform

Advisory Committee on Transparency Kicks Off ‘Sunshine Week’ with Capitol Hill event

MEDIA ALERT

March 2, 2011

Contact: Gabriela Schneider 202-742-1520

The Advisory Committee on Transparency (ACT), a project of the Sunlight Foundation, will host “Washington’s Lobbying Fix”—a panel on lobbying disclosure and reform on Monday, March 14 at 2 p.m. The discussion is one of the inaugural events for Sunshine Week, an annual celebration in support of open government and freedom of information.

The ACT event will address the challenges facing lobbying reform and the actions needed to enact real-time lobbying disclosure in Washington. Panelists Lisa Rosenberg, government affairs consultant for Sunlight Foundation, and Tom Susman, director of government affairs for the American Bar Association, will address the how current disclosure rules affect working lobbyists and their groups’ proposals for reform. Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, will speak on the difficulties of obtaining lobbying disclosure data. Washington Post writer Dan Eggen will draw upon his experience in covering the lobbying beat and how access of data impacts his reporting. Moderating the panel will be Daniel Schuman, policy counsel at the Sunlight Foundation.

“Because the Supreme Court’s Citizens United and SpeechNow decisions made it even harder to ‘follow the money,’ it is even more vital to be able to ‘follow the action’ that influences policymaking. In Washington, that action is lobbying, and the ACT panel will address how to make that action transparent,” said Ellen Miller, executive director and co-founder of the Sunlight Foundation.

The Advisory Committee on Transparency is a project of the Sunlight Foundation that educates policymakers and shares ideas with the Congressional Transparency Caucus. Visit http://transparencycaucus.org for more information.

WHAT: Washington’s Lobbying Fix
An Advisory Committee on Transparency “Sunshine Week” event

WHEN: Monday, March 14, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, room 2203

WHO: Dan Eggen, staff writer – The Washington Post
Shelia Krumholz, Executive Director – Center for Responsive Politics
Paul Miller, Past President - The American League of Lobbyists
Lisa Rosenberg, Government Affairs Consultant – Sunlight Foundation
Tom Susman, Director of Government Affairs – American Bar Association
Moderator: Daniel Schuman, Policy Counsel – Sunlight Foundation and Director – Advisory Committee on Transparency

The Sunlight Foundation is a non-partisan non-profit that uses cutting-edge technology and ideas to make government transparent and accountable. Visit SunlightFoundation.com to learn more about Sunlight’s projects, including InfluenceExplorer.com and Party Time.