Lighting up Legislation

sunlight-logoThe Sunlight Foundation boasts a clear, straightforward motto that comes from the words of  Justice Brandeis:

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”

Founded in 2006, this organization has a “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.”

Big goal, you say?  Yes, and Sunlight is way on its way to achieving it. Already they have nearly two dozen projects underway, a bustling and eye-opening blog, and interactive contests and labs (including Apps for America, which awaits entries!).  These all provide refreshing illumination on the inner workings of big brother, especially for people like me who may not tune into C-Span very often.

Founder Ellen Miller announced Read the Bill in an inspiring email today.  This project represents a unique call to action for something that actually uses the internet to slow…things…down…for more thorough review.  Another project, Party Time!, exposes fabulous and fascinating Capitol Hill party scenes. And, of course, Sunlight twitters.

Very cool—check them out.  More to come.

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