Sunlight surveyed Capitol Hill Web pages, finding only 15 percent of congressional websites are completely ready for HTTPS.Continue reading
Influence peddlers seem to know more about the Trans-Pacific Partnership than Congress
Even though the Trans-Pacific Partnership is shrouded in extreme secrecy, that hasn’t stopped interest groups from aggressively lobbying in its favor.Continue reading
What’s in a name? Republican- versus Democrat-speak on gay marriage
How something is described often affects how people react to it. So it's interesting, as the Supreme Court begins two days of arguments on how to and who can define marriage, to see how the lawmakers across the street have talked about the same issue.
A look through Sunlight's Capitol Words shows a clear partisan divide: Democrats tend to use the term "gay marriage" while Republicans prefer "same-sex marriage." As you can see in the chart above, the latter term occurs more frequently in congressional debate. The full Capitol Words analysis gives us the party breakdown: Democrats account ...Continue reading
FEC Chills Debate on Post-Citizens United Transparency
The Federal Election Commission is the supposed enforcer of the nation’s campaign finance and disclosure laws. But, with commissioners evenly... View ArticleContinue reading
The Sunlight Foundation and a dozen other bipartisan organizations are seeking Senators who are willing to be among the first... View ArticleContinue reading
A roundup of what we’re noticing in the Reporting Group as we dig into government data and disclosures: 5 day... View ArticleContinue reading
Abortion issues dominate independent expenditures in California Senate race
In the Senate race between Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina of California, 87 percent of the independent expenditures relates to abortion issues. Among these two candidates, pro-life groups so far have spent $186,000, while pro-choice spending amounts to $41,000, according to a review of our independent expenditures database.
Tweet Success! Boxer and McCaskill to Support 482
Yesterday, we announced a campaign to pass S. 482, the Senate electronic filing bill. There are two tacks to this... View ArticleContinue reading