The Western Growers Association, a trade group representing agricultural interests in California and the Southwest, is shoring up its Washington lobbying presence with the help of a former member.Continue reading
Northrup Grumman spends millions on lobbying and campaign contributions — but those only tell part of the story.Continue reading
Just like the debt limit negotiations and Supercommittee process that helped cause it, the so-called "fiscal cliff" of expiring laws is creating another round of secretive negotiations among our political leaders. The heads of both parties now thrive on stories of impending fiscal consequences, even when they're of their own making.To cope with a polarized electorate, our leaders have figured out a way to create an apparent impending disaster that is unpalatable regardless of one's ideology. Whatever the outcome of their fight with each other, they've created a dystopian future against which they can be made to look like heroes warding off impending doom with their brave bipartisanship.
It doesn't really matter which party started it (both of them) or whether this was avoidable (it was), because divided government has again led us to a place where the most important policy decisions are probably going to be made in secret, and then passed down to the rest of us.
While online disclosure and dialog don't threaten to take away politicians' power anytime soon, they do represent our best chance at elevating substance, rewarding merit, and reducing undue influence, whether in crafting legislation or in dealing with the struggles of divided government. Sunlight's approach to government transparency has made us skeptical observers of these political negotiations, and as we find ourselves entering yet another cycle, we decided to ask:
What can we expect of the next month, and what should we do about it?Continue reading
by Cassandra LaRussa Only 63% of information disclosed on lobbying reports were “properly reported and supported,” according to a new... View ArticleContinue reading
Bill Clinton famously tried to claim he hadn’t lied about his relationship Monica Lewinsky by saying, “It depends on what... View ArticleContinue reading
Representatives Quigley and Polis took a significant step toward improving what we know about Washington power players by introducing the... View ArticleContinue reading
A quick reminder: the Advisory Committee on Transparency event on lobbying starts in about an hour. If you can’t make... View ArticleContinue reading
Although our modern lives present many irreducible questions — nature vs. nurture, liberty vs. security, funny vs. good-looking — a... View ArticleContinue reading
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked a series of questions today based on the Politico story I blogged... View ArticleContinue reading