We welcome today’s guest blogger Matt Rosenberg. Matt is the founder of the non profit Public Eye Northwest and the... View ArticleContinue reading
Today we introduce and welcome Jason Williams as our guest blogger. Jason is a Political activist and blogger on both... View ArticleContinue reading
We welcome Jon Bartholomew as our guest blogger today. I first came across Jon’s work when I featured his blog... View ArticleContinue reading
Today, our guest post is written by Erik Martin (a.k.a. @hueypriest), Community Manager at reddit.com. Reddit.com is a community for... View ArticleContinue reading
Today, our guest post is written by Mario Roset and Rosario Gonzalez Morón of Wingu, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.... View ArticleContinue reading
Kicking off TFT for 2011 is guest blogger Rebekah Heacock, co-director of the Technology for Transparency Network and a Project... View ArticleContinue reading
Our outreach to open government activists is spreading nationwide. This time our guest blogger is Eric Davis. Davis is a... View ArticleContinue reading
Today, our guest post is written by Joshua Gay, a programmer, activist, and community organizer whose interests revolve around technology,... View ArticleContinue reading
This week’s guest blogger is Jed Sundwall. Jed is an Internet marketing consultant who specializes in the usage of social... View ArticleContinue reading
As part of our Statelight project, we’re reaching out to open government and open data activists around the country to contribute to (and expand!) the #opengov dialogue. Today, we welcome Diana Lopez to give some insight into the complications of lobbying reform. Lopez is the Senior Editor of Government Lobbying at Sunshine Review. She focuses on government lobbying disclosure and moderates #FOIAchat, a weekly Freedom of Information Act Twitter chat held every Friday at 2PM EST.
When looking at lobbying figures, it is important to keep in mind that you're looking at reported lobbying data. Not all lobbying is reported, however. Under federal law, lobbyists must register only if they:
- make more than one contact,
- spend more than 20 percent of their time lobbying
- have more than $11,500 in expenses, or
- have $3,000 in income from lobbying per quarter.