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Orszag to Citigroup?

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Bloomberg.com is reporting that Peter Orszag, formerly director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama administration, is in talks with Citigroup to join its investment banking division. Orszag wouldn't be the first former government official to land at Citigroup, as our friends at the Center for Responsive Politics show.

The Bloomberg article makes for interesting Poligraft fodder.

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Researching Shelby’s earmarks using Poligraft

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Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., requested earmarks for at least ten companies that have been donors to the lawmaker in this election cycle. Five of those companies have been long-term contributors to Shelby.

Shelby, who is on the Senate appropriations committee, requested more than $54.3 million for these ten companies and has received more than $69,000 in campaign funds from their employees and PACs since 2008, a quick analysis of his online earmark requests using Sunlight's newest tool Poligraft.com shows.

Employees of Radiance Technologies, for which Shelby requested $5 million in earmarks, have given the lawmaker more ...

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Building Poligraft

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I'm happy to announce the newest project from Sunlight Labs, Poligraft. A utility built on top of Transparency Data, Poligraft takes in a block of text, parses it for entities like politicians and corporations, and returns a result set representing the political influence contained in that text. I won't dwell on the features -- read Ellen Miller's announcement blog post and the about page for more information. What I want to talk about instead is the development process.

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