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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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 5 months ago
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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!

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 6 months ago
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Unraveling last year’s Sandy Hook gun control fight — in two graphs

Read Sunlight’s series: Guns in America: Lock, stock money and influence.

The tale of last year’s post-Sandy Hook gun control fight in two graphs: a debate full of sound, fury and money.

Lobbying (Graph 1): In an attempt to seize the momentum after the events in Newtown, advocates for gun control went on a K Street hiring spree, upping their lobbying expenditures fivefold. But it wasn’t even close: The NRA alone outspent the entire gun control industry in 2013.

Outside spending (Graph 2): Out-gunned in Washington, independent spending groups like Michael Bloomberg’s Independence USA super PAC took their message of gun control to broadcast markets across the U.S. as the Senate considered a gun control bill with new background checks.

Advocates for gun control spent millions of dollars  to get their word out about gun control issues (the exact amount is obscured, thanks to lax broadcasting disclosure laws). The vote in the Senate failed to materialize due to opposition led by Republicans and conservative Democrats.

Guns in America: Sunlight explores the money and influence behind the post-Sandy Hook 2013 gun fight 
As the nation prepares to mark a grim anniversary this week, the Sunlight Foundation is using its data resources to explore how the battle between gun rights and gun control groups has been waged across the country.  Over the next three days, we’ll be presenting our findings in detail. One overall conclusion, however, is hard to avoid: Sandy Hook has meant more money for lobbyists and campaign consultants. 
We’ll be posting more from the series on this blog. In the meantime, you can follow along with the series here: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2013/12/09/sandy-hook-one-year-later-lots-of-sound-and-money-little-action/

Guns in America: Sunlight explores the money and influence behind the post-Sandy Hook 2013 gun fight 

As the nation prepares to mark a grim anniversary this week, the Sunlight Foundation is using its data resources to explore how the battle between gun rights and gun control groups has been waged across the country.  Over the next three days, we’ll be presenting our findings in detail. One overall conclusion, however, is hard to avoid: Sandy Hook has meant more money for lobbyists and campaign consultants. 

We’ll be posting more from the series on this blog. In the meantime, you can follow along with the series here: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2013/12/09/sandy-hook-one-year-later-lots-of-sound-and-money-little-action/

Posted 7 months ago
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