This week, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, is issued a subpoena as part of a Trump Foundation probe, Ivanka Trump’s former business partner is sued by the Department of Justice and Senator Elizabeth Warren unveils anti-corruption and public integrity bill.Continue reading
Federal judge says it is the role of Congress to address Trump’s emolumental issues
A federal judge has dismissed a foreign emoluments lawsuit against President Donald J. Trump, which alleged Constitutional violations through his businesses. The judge said the plaintiffs lacked standing, and that this should be resolved by Congress. We hope to see more oversight and accountability in DC in the New Year.Continue reading
Americans view U.S. government as increasingly corrupt
Over the past year, a new survey by the Transparency International found that American adults believe corruption has increased in the United States, with the White House being the most corrupt government institution. The results are bad news, with one exception: the vast majority of the public still believes that they can make a difference on corruption, a viewpoint that we at Sunlight also share. Here are six ways to make progress.Continue reading
Pakistan’s accountability moment
Now that Pakistan has been able hold its prime minister accountable, we hope that the political transition ahead and the country's participation in the Open Government Partnership leads to better governance for its people.Continue reading
Resignation of top US ethics official calls attention to Trump’s unresolved conflicts
Shaub's resignation should be taken as a bat signal to Members of Congress who, despite reams evidence of unresolved conflicts, have been far too reticent to oversee ethics in government or threats to transparency under the Trump administration.Continue reading
State of Open Corporate Data: Wins and Challenges Ahead
Last year saw advances and setbacks for opening data about the ownership of corporations, but it's critical that the world continues to push for genuine transparency and access to company registers as open data in 2017.Continue reading
OpenGov Voices: Do political finance regulations counter corruption?
Measuring high-level corruption and government favoritism has been the object of extensive scholarly and policy interest with relatively little progress in the last decade. See what these authors found in their most recent study.Continue reading
Influence Abroad: The transnational anti-bribery regime
Transnational bribery is an increasingly potent threat to democracies around the world. What's being done to mitigate it?Continue reading
Opacity in oil states: Can open data bend the curve of corruption?
A Sunlight analysis of international open data surveys concludes that many of the world's top oil-producing nations release very little open data.Continue reading
How should history measure the Obama administration’s record on transparency?
Over the past seven years, we have both acknowledged this administration’s progress on open government and decried its failures.Continue reading