The first half of primary season 2014 draws to a close with a blast of big money and a scare for two congressional veterans.Continue reading
An Oklahoma City developer and two state lobbyists are behind a newly minted for-profit corporation spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on Oklahoma’s special senate election. Two of the group's "incorporators" have ties to a federal PAC.Continue reading
It seems our Senators have a thing or two learn from their home states when it comes to campaign finance reporting: 31 states currently require mandatory electronic reporting ("e-filing") of their elected representative's campaign finance records -- a leap above our Senate, which has failed to pass no-brainer e-filing legislation for over a decade. Sunlight conducted a review of the current state of similar filings in the states (see chart below), and the results are pretty surprising -- in a great way. State governments across the country -- 92% of them, in fact -- require at least optional, if not mandatory electronic filing for both houses of their bicameral legislatures.Continue reading
Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty's intriguing story today about the coining of a term and its political impact got us to wondering just how far the term "Obama phone" had embedded itself into the political culture. We've written before about how compounds of President Barack Obama's name have become politically charged.
We took a look via Capitol Words, Sunlight's tool that scans the Congressional Record and allows users to analyze speech patterns.
So far, no recorded mentions of "Obamaphone" or "Obama phone" on the floor of the House or Senate.
However, we did find a number ...Continue reading
Last week, due to Veterans Day we were unable to publish the weekly roundup. Here is what you missed in... View ArticleContinue reading
For a while now, we have been advocating for opening up our government through the use of technology and the... View ArticleContinue reading
Every week I climb into the depths of the local political blogosphere to find the Sunlight. I use this series... View ArticleContinue reading