Sunlight used its new Foreign Influence Explorer to see which members of Congress had the most contact with foreign interests last year.Continue reading
American Oligarchy: How the preferences of elites shape policy outcomes
Time and again we find that corporate interests are far more involved in the political process than ordinary citizens. Now, a recent paper provides empirical evidence finding this imbalance is actually a systemic feature of modern American democracy.Continue reading
The Week on Politwoops: a selfie with Steubenville students, a backpack full of money and more
Welcome to another brief roundup of notable deleted tweets from U.S. politicians caught by the Sunlight Foundation's Politwoops project this week.Continue reading
Shadowy super PAC spends $1 million in Connecticut House race
The Government Integrity Fund Action Network, a super PAC that to date has disclosed just $10,500 in contributions, today reported dropping a money bomb in a Connecticut House race: $1.1 million in to produce and air ads in opposition to Elizabeth Esty, the Democratic candidate in her state's 5th Congressional District.
The money more than levels the financial field in the competitive race for the open seat: Esty has raised $2.1 million for her race, with about $857,000 left to spend down the stretch, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Her Republican opponent, Andrew ...Continue reading