Sunlight is dedicated to being a go-to resource for reporters as they use our tools and data for all types of stories. In September, we were able to assist with articles around campaign finance, the pope, super PACs and more. Our Capitol Words tool, which visualizes every word entered into the Congressional Record, was especially highlighted and was used for a few fun stories last month.
With the historical visit by Pope Francis to the United States, National Journal used Capitol Words for a great piece on how often members of both parties mentioned the pope, featuring the data visualization seen to the right:
Two years into his papacy, Pope Francis’ name has been uttered 100 times in Congress, according the Congressional Record and the Sunlight Foundation — and more frequently by Democratic members than by their colleagues across the aisle. Democrats have mentioned his name nearly three times more than Republicans, with 67 (versus 23) mentions. “Pope Francis” has also been mentioned 10 times by Independents.
The Christian Science Monitor also used Capitol Words to explain how politicians utilize certain words to describe policies they oppose. The story detailed how both Democrats and Republicans use the term “train wreck.”
The Boston Globe cited Sunlight research on super PACs in 2012. The piece focused on two billionaire brothers from Texas who are big donors to super PACs supporting Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential bid.
Also, The Salt Lake Tribune referenced Sunlight’s lobbying disclosure report card and our methodology for grading states on the quality of lobbying disclosure requirements.
Our OpenStates API is being utilized by Rocket Lobby, a search engine that allows anyone in the United States to search for their elected representative just by entering in their address.