At the end of last week the Sunlight Foundation made a number of new grants. We're really excited about the potential of each of them.
The work of ReadtheBill.org (which I've talked about before) is a hugely important effort. It could end the practice of ramming bills through Congress in the dark of night -- bills that are filled with favors for special interests, earmarks, and heaven only knows ((truly) what else. And think of what activists can cook up (particularly online) if they have 72 hours to read legislation and get citizens to weigh in. We think that ReadtheBill.org will make a huge difference in making Congress' work more transparent and in engaging citizens.Continue reading
One of the things that drives the public nuts is when their elected representatives forget their roots. That's one reason that the golfing junkets, the fancy dinners, and trips on corporate jets that master lobbyist Jack Abramoff routinely provided Reps. Tom DeLay and Bob Ney (among others) drove people crazy.Continue reading