Courting donors in the dark: Mapping Obama’s closed door fundraisers

From our sister tumblr, Political Party Time:

From the Sunlight Foundation blog: 

Although President Barack Obama’s administration touts its support of an open and transparent government, there’s been a glaring exception: opening up political fundraisers to the pool of White House reporters who trail the president. So far, in 2014, President Obama has headlined 41 political fundraisers, according to data from Party Time. Of those parties, the press has been shut out of almost half – 19, to be exact.

In Washington lobbying, pro-Keystone XL advocates dwarf pipeline opponents

When looking at inside-the-Beltway influence, pro-Keystone XL advocates outnumber pipeline opponents by a wide margin.

Of the top 10 sectors lobbying on the pipeline, nine support building it - only environmental groups are opposed.

Read more about the influence behind the Keystone XL pipeline: http://snlg.ht/1rXBor4

How Birth Year Influences Political Views
From The New York Times:

A new model of presidential voting suggests President Obama’s approval rating — currently in the low 40s — will inform not only the 2016 election, but also the election in 2076. The model, by researchers at Catalist, the Democratic data firm, and Columbia University, uses hundreds of thousands of survey responses and new statistical software to estimate how people’s preferences change at different stages of their lives.

How Birth Year Influences Political Views

From The New York Times:

new model of presidential voting suggests President Obama’s approval rating — currently in the low 40s — will inform not only the 2016 election, but also the election in 2076. The model, by researchers at Catalist, the Democratic data firm, and Columbia University, uses hundreds of thousands of survey responses and new statistical software to estimate how people’s preferences change at different stages of their lives.

Posted 2 weeks ago
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Is the Ex-Im bank really doomed? Not likely, if you look at historical lobbying efforts

With the demise of Eric Cantor, some wonder what will happen to the massive Export-Import Bank. But if the lobbying history is any indication, don’t look for the Ex-Im bank to go away anytime soon. 


A new Sunlight Foundation analysis shows 19 of the 20 organizations that lobbied the most on the Export-Import bank since 2008 both support and benefit from it.

Read the analysis here: http://snlg.ht/1sqFJnT

A visualization of the U.S.’ $52.6 billion national intelligence budget — as told by the Snowden leaks — via martingrandjean.ch.

A visualization of the U.S.’ $52.6 billion national intelligence budget — as told by the Snowden leaks — via martingrandjean.ch.

Posted 1 month ago
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It’s time for Congress to show us the money — in real time



Politicians know immediately when big donations come in. Shouldn’t you? 



With Citizens United and McCutcheon, there’s more money in politics than ever. We think it’s time to give voters better tools to track it.

Do you agree? Join the movement to pass the Real Time Transparency Act. Here’s three things you can do RIGHT NOW:

  1. Sign our petition calling on Congress to pass the bill: http://snlg.ht/1v3X6ZC
  2. Write a letter to the editor of your hometown newspaper: http://snlg.ht/1v3Xibe
  3. Share one of our political cartoons: http://snlg.ht/1s8swQp


Join our fight to give power back to the voters - It’s time to tell Congress: #showusthemoney in real time!

via the Upshot: How often does Congress talk about Benghazi?

via the Upshot: How often does Congress talk about Benghazi?

Posted 2 months ago
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Follow the money: Comcast/Time Warner cash lines pockets of key House panel

Oh, indeed.

politicalpartytime:

Hello, Internet. Here is a visualization that shows how much Comcast and Time Warner interests contributed to key members of the House Judiciary Committee, which today held a hearing to discuss the corporate giants’ planned merger. Hover over the member to find out how much ComcastTWC money they reaped in recent election cycles.

It’s a little finicky in Tumblr, but we’re very aware of your burning passion for interactive click-things, so we wanted to do right by you. Enjoy!

The DATA Act gets Floor Charted!

The DATA Act gets Floor Charted!

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mapsontheweb:

U.S. Precipitation Map

Some spring showers data for you. 

sunlightcities:

mapsontheweb:

U.S. Precipitation Map

Some spring showers data for you. 

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Earth Day rhetoric: Some fun (?) facts, via National Journal
1. Usage of the term “Earth Day” by Congress has waxed and waned during the last decade-and-a-half.
2. In recent years, it’s been a pretty partisan breakdown.   
3. Case in point: No Republicans have uttered the words “Earth Day” on the House or Senate floor since 2010.
This viz uses Sunlight’s Capitol Words tool. Check it out!

Earth Day rhetoric: Some fun (?) facts, via National Journal

1. Usage of the term “Earth Day” by Congress has waxed and waned during the last decade-and-a-half.

2. In recent years, it’s been a pretty partisan breakdown.   

3. Case in point: No Republicans have uttered the words “Earth Day” on the House or Senate floor since 2010.

This viz uses Sunlight’s Capitol Words tool. Check it out!

Posted 3 months ago
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