On July 30, 2013, John McCain called the ATF to speak with Director B. Todd Jones. McCain wanted to talk about condors. What happened next is a labyrinthine adventure highlighting the sometimes bizarre nature of American politics.Continue reading
Sunlight used its new Foreign Influence Explorer to see which members of Congress had the most contact with foreign interests last year.Continue reading
Obama sits down for formal talks with King Abdullah on Friday. A review of DOJ records show the Gulf kingdom also relies on Washington lobbyists and PR firms to advance its interests stateside.Continue reading
As the year winds down and Washington retreats to spend the holidays with family and friends, let's look back at the many gifts politicians left for Politwoops in 2013 as they deleted messages once shared eagerly with their followers.Continue reading
Even in an "off" election year, groups on both sides of the gun debate spent millions to influence public opinion, and some have stockpiled big warchests for 2014.Continue reading
The bipartisan group of senators known as the Gang of Eight is planning a sequel to their Senate approach to... View ArticleContinue reading
Tonight, at Washington's stately Mayflower Hotel, just a few blocks from Sunlight's offices, family and former aides to the late President Richard Nixon will gather to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth in Yorba Linda, Calif. Who knew that it would also be an occasion for campaign finance reform nostalgia?
It was actually Nixon who, in 1971, signed into law the Federal Election Campaign Act, limiting the amount of money that could be donated to congressional and presidential campaigns and requiring that those donations be reported. And ...Continue reading
Today we're proud to unveil Politwoops, the only comprehensive collection of deleted tweets by U.S. politicians.Continue reading
A discussion about whether to limit money in politics, and how to do so, led to little consensus Tuesday morning among a panel divided between politicians who favor limits on political contributions and election law practicioners who find ways to legally get around or challenge them. But the politicians and lawyers could more or less agree on one thing: more disclosure of campaign giving.
On one side of the argument was Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., sponsor of the legislation that banned unlimited contributions to political parties, presidential candidate Buddy Roemer, an independent pursuing the White House through Americans Elect, and ...Continue reading