Dataset

Sunlight Foundation

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The Sunlight Foundation is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens, alike. The are committed to improving access to government information by making it available online, indeed redefining “public” information as meaning “online,” and by creating new tools and websites to enable individuals and communities to better access that information and put it to use.

The Sunlight Foundation wants to catalyze greater government transparency by engaging individual citizens and communities – technologists, policy wonks, open government advocates and ordinary citizens – demanding policies that will enable all of us to hold government accountable. Sunlight develops and encourages new government policies to make it more open and transparent, facilitates searchable, sortable and machine readable databases, builds tools and websites to enable easy access to information, fosters distributed research projects as an community building tool, engages in advocacy for 21st century laws to require that government make data available in real time and trains thousands of journalists and citizens in using data and the web to watchdog Washington.

Projects

  • Influence Explorer
    Connect the dots of political contributions on the federal and state level and track influence by lawmaker, company or prominent individual.
  • Poligraft
    Poligraft is a website and utility that allows anyone to uncover levels of influence in federal and state-level politics and the news coverage of it. Using data from Sunlight’s TransparencyData.com and Influence Explorer, Poligraft allows you to connect the dots between money and politics in Congress.
  • Clearspending
    A scorecard that analyzes how well U.S. government agencies are reporting their spending data on USASpending.gov.
  • OpenCongress.org
    OpenCongress brings together official government data with news and blog coverage, social networking, public participation tools, and more to give you the real story behind what’s happening in Congress. OpenCongress is a free, open-source, not-for-profit, and non-partisan web resource with a mission to make Congress more transparent and to encourage civic engagement.
  • Foreign Lobbying
    Foreign Lobbyist Influence Tracker, a joint project of ProPublica and the Sunlight Foundation, digitizes information that representatives of foreign governments, political parties and government-controlled entities must disclose to the U.S. Justice Department when they seek to influence U.S. policy.