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Sunlight Foundation

Description The Sunlight Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by Washington, D.C., businessman and lawyer Michael Klein and longtime Washington public interest advocate Ellen Miller with the non-partisan mission of using the revolutionary power of the Internet to make information about Congress and the federal government more meaningfully accessible to citizens. Through our projects and grant-making, Sunlight serves as a catalyst for greater political transparency and to foster more openness and accountability in government. Sunlight's ultimate goal is to strengthen the relationship between citizens and their elected officials and to foster public trust in Congress. We are unique in that technology and the power of the Internet are at the core of every one of our efforts.

Our work is committed to helping citizens, bloggers, and journalists be their own best congressional watchdogs, by improving access to existing information and digitizing new information, and by creating new tools and websites to enable all of us to collaborate in fostering greater transparency. Since our founding in the spring of 2006, we have assembled and funded an array of web-based databases and tools including OpenCongress.org, Congresspedia.org, FedSpending.org, OpenSecrets.org, EarmarkWatch.org, and LOUISdb.org. These sites make millions of bits of information available online about the members of Congress, their staff, legislation, federal spending, and lobbyists.

By facilitating the creation of new databases, and the maintenance and expansion of preexisting ones, along with the application of technologies that free data from its silos, we have liberated gigabytes of important political data from basements, paper, PDFs, and other non-searchable and non-mashable formats. These efforts, combined with our own distributed investigative research projects, community-based engagement with Congress to bridge its technological gaps, and lobbying to demand changes in how and what Congress makes publicly available online, have created an unprecedented demand for more: more information, more transparency, and more easy-to-use tools.

Underlying all of Sunlight's efforts is a fundamental belief that increased transparency will improve the conduct of Congress itself and the public's confidence in government.
 
Contact 1818 N Street NW
Suite 410
Washington, D.C.  20036
Phone: 202-742-1520
 
Website http://www.sunlightfoundation.com/ (link opens in a new window)


Focus: Culture, Democracy, Education, Ethics, Governance, Human Rights, Technology, United States, Americas

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