Hey, Sunlight Foundation does lots of great work for government accountability via transparency. They aim to show you where the money comes from, where it goes, and what it gets.
Today, 16 July, ten am Eastern, they fire up 'Sunlight Live' which uses an interactive, real-time investigative reporting platform to tell you the back story as the politicians talk.
GOP leadership has stated this meeting with powerful trade association lobbyists is part of the 'America Speaking Out' project where Republicans are crowdsourcing ideas to shape its 2010 policy agenda.
The Sunlight Foundation team includes Bara Vaida, a lobbying expert from National Journal. 'Sunlight
Live' will have all the data on lobbyists at the meeting and will map their previous positions in government, how much money they have given to Congress and how the interests they represent have shaped the national policy debate.
"Sunlight commends the GOP leadership for its commitment to webcasting the close-door meeting."
- Members of the House GOP leadership
- Powerful trade association lobbyists
disclaimer: because of work like this, I've joined the Sunlight board.