The Sunlight Foundation, that’s us, is offering a year-long data visualization fellowship for grad-level social scientist. Just a heads up.
Nearly 100 former aides to members of the new budget-cutting “supercommittee” now work as K Street lobbyists, often representing clients with a vested interest in the panel’s decisions. A half dozen former lobbyists are also currently employed by the lawmakers. The connections mean that many lobbyists are now trying to convince their former employers to go easy on their corporate clients.
The current tumult in the nation’s economy—high unemployment, large federal deficits, a downgrade in the U.S. credit rating and the resultant gyrations of stock prices—stem from the collapse of the housing bubble in 2007 and 2008 and subsequent meltdown of financial markets. While government programs enacted as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 propped up banks, brokerages and other firms—including auto manufacturers General Motors and Chrysler—the principal program to help homeowners has not fared nearly as well.
A Philadelphia software company hopes to use technology to pry open a crack in the historically closed-door process of dividing up the city into City Council districts.
Cities and states nationwide are in the final throes of redistricting, the decennial aftermath of the U.S. Census in which the country’s political boundaries are redrawn based on shifts of population and, in many cases, the shifting political winds.
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The Clear Congress Project by Thomas Gibes is a real-time visualization of US Congress data made available through the Sunlight Labs’ Real Time Congress API, Google News, Twitter, and other data sources. The aim of the project is to serve as a possible model for facilitating governmental transparency beyond simple data access by proposing a new format for polical news distribution.
Companies and organizations can donate an unlimited amount of money to honor officials, sponsor their conferences, and donate to their pet charities, so long as these donations are reported to the Senate. The Sunlight Foundation analyzed these filings from 2009 and 2010 and found about $50 million in honorary gifts and meeting costs. These donations can all be viewed in the interactive display below by company making the donation or by official being honored.
Transparency is a core value at Google. As a company we feel it is our responsibility to ensure that we maximize transparency around the flow of information related to our tools and services. We believe that more information means more choice, more freedom and ultimately more power for the individual.
A breakdown of the demographics of top congressional staffers, many of whom toil behind the scenes in relative anonymity. [CLICK FOR LARGER]
The New York City Tax Receipt I did web design for is now live! Worked with Alec out of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s Office. We took a lot of inspiration from the wonderful White House Federal Taxpayer Receipt. It was a lot of fun to think about how to make all the information approachable (and for a cause I believe in!). Hopefully I’ll post some thoughts on the process in the next few days.
If the government’s assertions are true, Allen Stanford presided over a Ponzi scheme second only to Bernard Madoff’s in U.S. history. Stanford also sought to cultivate influence in Washington. Most of his campaign contributions occurred in two periods when his interests in legislation peaked: 2001-2002 and 2005-2008.
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