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/

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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.

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Shake Your Moneymaker: The 2013 Party Time Playlist

Happy Friday! Sunlight’s Party Time Tumblr is urging you to make like Congress today and shake your moneymaker. It’s a visual we can get down with.

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See all the state and federal legislators and political candidates that held political fundraisers at concerts in 2013.

The Sunlight Foundation scoured its Political Party Time database for political fundraisers held at concerts in 2013. And boy did we hit the jackpot: From pop princess Taylor Swift to Queen Bey, Carole King and the Rolling Stones, politicians of all stripes used the opportunity of marquee names and VIP suites to shake their moneymakers.

This, then, is a playlist of some of the songs — about money, of course — that we imagine pols heard in the process. 

Mapping 400,000 hours of U.S. television news | Internet Archive (originally found via The Atlantic)

IA writes: 

We are excited to unveil a couple experimental data-driven visualizations that literally map 400,000 hours of U.S. television news. One of our collaborating scholars, Kalev Leetaru, applied “fulltext geocoding” software to our entire television news research service collection.

Bonus: view a very cool four-year time lapse animation here.

Extra-special: Sunlight gave a small grant to help the Internet Archive’s TV news project in 2012. :)

Sunlight Cities, one of our sister tumblrs, continues to post very cool things. 
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Tis the season of snow plow data! 
Examine Chicago’s snow plowing here, and see it visualized with CartoDB here.
via Open City

Sunlight Cities, one of our sister tumblrs, continues to post very cool things. 

sunlightcities:

Tis the season of snow plow data! 

Examine Chicago’s snow plowing here, and see it visualized with CartoDB here.

via Open City

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Data and visualizations, the year in review: FlowingData.com.

Data and visualizations, the year in review: FlowingData.com.

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RECOMMENDED READING: Politicans move to rake in more campaign cash

It’s been a busy year on the fundraising circuit, and it’s little surprise: USA Today finds lawmakers in eight state legislatures have voted to increase campaign contributions for state candidates (and themselves) in 2013. Michigan is the latest state to double the amount of dollars politicians can collect.

USA Today meanwhile also notes six states have no political campaign contribution limits to speak of….

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