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sunlightcities:

One of our favorite events is coming! (Okay, we’re biased, but still.) 
Find out the top 10 things you should know about TransparencyCamp 

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sunlightcities:

One of our favorite events is coming! (Okay, we’re biased, but still.) 

Find out the top 10 things you should know about TransparencyCamp 

Reblogged 5 months ago from sunlightcities
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Nice deep-dive on ‘shadow lobbying’ from the folks over at The Nation. 
Sunlight has also written on the subject recently: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2013/11/25/how-much-lobbying-is-there-in-washington-its-double-what-you-think/
thenationmagazine:

“Lobbying isn’t dying; instead, it’s simply going underground.”

Nice deep-dive on ‘shadow lobbying’ from the folks over at The Nation

Sunlight has also written on the subject recently: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2013/11/25/how-much-lobbying-is-there-in-washington-its-double-what-you-think/

thenationmagazine:

Lobbying isn’t dying; instead, it’s simply going underground.

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We’re blushing! Thanks cah!

cah:

House of Cards Against Humanity

On Monday we quietly announced and sold out of a little pack of cards we made for Netflix to promote the new season of House of Cards, which comes out on February 14th.

This was a weird project, even by our standards. Here’s how it happened.

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One More Thing

Netflix paid us a lot of money to write the pack (they won’t allow us to say how much they paid us). It’s not really our business model to get paid by a big company to write jokes, so we donated an amount of money that is more than $49,999 and less than $50,001 to one of our favorite non-profits, The Sunlight Foundation.

How 60,000 bills attempted to become a law — in one graph.
via Sunlight’s blog.

How 60,000 bills attempted to become a law — in one graph.

via Sunlight’s blog.

Posted 6 months ago
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At an estimated price-tag of about $40 billion euros, Sochi will cost more than all previous winter olympics combined. 
via NR.nl

At an estimated price-tag of about $40 billion euros, Sochi will cost more than all previous winter olympics combined.

via NR.nl

Posted 6 months ago
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sunlightcities:

A fascinating use of data: 
"It looks a bit like an isochrone, a map showing how far you can travel on a transportation network in a given time frame, starting from a single location. But this map tells us something about every point of origin in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region simultaneously. Specifically, it tells us how many jobs are accessible within 30 minutes – using the key at right – from each location by public transit, during the 7-9 a.m. peak morning window. The darker green areas have the greatest accessibility to jobs; the lighter green areas have the least. The red lines show transit routes.” 
Read more at Atlantic Cities 

sunlightcities:

A fascinating use of data: 

"It looks a bit like an isochrone, a map showing how far you can travel on a transportation network in a given time frame, starting from a single location. But this map tells us something about every point of origin in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region simultaneously. Specifically, it tells us how many jobs are accessible within 30 minutes – using the key at right – from each location by public transit, during the 7-9 a.m. peak morning window. The darker green areas have the greatest accessibility to jobs; the lighter green areas have the least. The red lines show transit routes.” 

Read more at Atlantic Cities 

Reblogged 6 months ago from sunlightcities
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sunlightcities:

Austin now has a heat map of 311 requests: just another useful impact of open data. 

awesome.

sunlightcities:

Austin now has a heat map of 311 requests: just another useful impact of open data. 

awesome.

Reblogged 6 months ago from sunlightcities
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What happens when you take historic addresses from some of our most iconic presidents and mash them together to generate one (or many) mega-speech?

We call it the State of the Union Machine. And we think it’s the cure for the common address.

GIve it a spin!

Revolvers’ Dollars: The Cash Behind K Street

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It’s a well-known Washington truism that the place to get rich is on #KStreet. But if you really want to strike it big, head through the revolving door.

That’s because lobbyists with government experience most likely make three times as much as those without it - and significantly more than a member of Congress.

Explore the cash behind K Street in Sunlight’s new series - Revolvers’ Dollars: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/01/21/revolving-door-lobbyists-government-experience/

politicalpartytime:

Donors living in a world without a “hard money” ceiling? It basically looks like this.

In anticipation of the ruling in McCutcheon vs. the Federal Election Commission, the Center for Responsive Politics and the Sunlight Foundation have teamed up to look at the deep-pocketed donors who could give even more if the high court strikes down another limit on the amount of money in U.S. politics.

Read the full report on the Sunlight Foundation blog.

Inside the $400-million political network backed by the Koch brothers, via the Washington Post and OpenSecrets.org. (Graphic)

The resources and the breadth of the organization make it singular in American politics: an operation conducted outside the campaign finance system, employing an array of groups aimed at stopping what its financiers view as government overreach. Members of the coalition target different constituencies but together have mounted attacks on the new health-care law, federal spending and environmental regulations.

Inside the $400-million political network backed by the Koch brothers, via the Washington Post and OpenSecrets.org. (Graphic)

The resources and the breadth of the organization make it singular in American politics: an operation conducted outside the campaign finance system, employing an array of groups aimed at stopping what its financiers view as government overreach. Members of the coalition target different constituencies but together have mounted attacks on the new health-care law, federal spending and environmental regulations.

Posted 7 months ago
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