Real Congressional transparency work from Sunlight Foundation

Real Congressional transparency work from Sunlight Foundation

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Hey, these guys are serious:

Within that Agenda we have identified three specific priorities for the incoming Congress. They would all create meaningful change, and we believe they are achievable in the short term:

1.) Contemporaneous online filing. The currently required public reports required of lawmakers should be filed electronically and shared online within 24 hours of their filing.

2.) Ending secret legislation. All earmarks, bills, and amendments should include an identification of the proposing Member's name. All non-emergency legislation should be posted online, in its final form, at least 72 hours before a vote.

3.) Meaningful lobbyist disclosure. All who are paid to engage in direct issue advocacy with lawmakers and their staff should be required to register, and all registered lobbyists should disclose all legislative contacts, all legislation and regulations discussed, all contributions they make and coordinate to Members and organizations affiliated with members, all prior government employment, and any relationship to a current Member of Congress, staff member, or executive branch employee. All lobbyist reports should be filed online within 24 hours of any meeting or contribution.

Their agenda is getting traction, check out good news at the NY Times.

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