Take a look at Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand's website for her Sunlight Report. If I were one of her constituents, boy, would I feel great knowing that she was so comfortable with what she is doing in the Capital she'd post it online. Of course, as an advocate for greater transparency, I do love it. We hope (and expect) to see a lot of other lawmakers following her lead.
We have noticed that Rep. Michael Capuano has been posting a schedule of sorts since 1999. But a quick review of it suggests that he's never ever met with a lobbyist. Hmmmm. That's just quite believable, is it?Continue reading
Rep. Gillibrand. You Are Not Alone…
The New York Times editorial that was very supportive of Sunlight's transparency agenda for Congress led with the mention that Representative-elect Kirsten Gillibrand has already decided to post details of her work calendar on the Internet at the end of each day. This afternoon I had a conversation with Matt McKenna, who is working on the transition team of Senator-elect Jon Tester, who told me that Tester has promised to do the same. In addition, Tester will institute a total gift ban for himself and his staffers, will prohibit any staff that leaves to work as a lobbyist from returning to work for him, and will ask a judge to conduct an ethics audit of his office every year. The office is considering other proposals too.Continue reading
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