As I noted here, the Senate Office of Public Records lobbying disclosure site is officially up and running (and had been since New Year’s Eve–apparently my browsers kept showing the cached version of the old site–which, for diehard fans of it, is still available here). Pam Gavin, the superintendent of public records, told me that about 90 percent of the 2007 midyear reports in the lobbying database were filed electronically, so much of the year’s records will be searchable. And, going forward in 2008, all forms will have to be filed that way, greatly enhancing the value of the database.
The whole thing is downloadable here, which is also a nice addition.
Incidentally, there’s also a gift database I hadn’t noticed before, which puts Senate travel reimbursement records online.