The widely supported FOIA Improvement Act — which is staring down the clock of death in the House — has inspired a flood of last-second lobbying by anonymous banking interests.Continue reading
Today we are turning off our Dodd-Frank tracker. It will still be online but it will be frozen in time, no longer reflecting new meetings.Continue reading
Bloomberg reported yesterday that U.S. based bank Capital One will purchase UK-based HSBC’s U.S. credit card arm for a reported... View ArticleContinue reading
Last week Sen. Tim Johnson, the incoming chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, hired Dwight Fettig, a lobbyist with numerous... View ArticleContinue reading
This morning the Data Commons team released their newest tool: Checking Influence, a bookmarklet that lets online banking users gain insight on how the merchants with whom they do business are influencing our political system. We think it's a great example of the future of influence disclosure -- hopefully you'll agree.
But I won't prattle on about it any more here. The announcement blog post goes into more detail. I hope you'll give that a read, and give the tool a try.Continue reading
The Sunlight Foundation is proud to announce our Checking Influence tool that gives individuals the power to see the political... View ArticleContinue reading
Since the beginning of 2010 through April, at least ten senators who sit on the Banking and Agriculture Committees are listed as beneficiaries of fundraisers hosted by lobbyists who have pressed Congress on financial reform issues. Both committees have recently worked on a bill to overhaul the financial regulatory system, which will likely be debated on the Senate floor next week.
According to Sunlight Foundation’s Party Time database, the fundraisers ranged from a “pre-St.Patrick’s Day” reception for Banking Committee member Jon Tester, D-Mont., on March 16 that asked for $100 to $1,000 in contributions, to a ...Continue reading
Note: I wrote this over the summer when the possibility existed that Sen. Chris Dodd would be moving from the... View ArticleContinue reading
The idea that overt political influence by large organizations like the banking industry, and the larger financial services industry, has,... View ArticleContinue reading