Here is a look at what happened yesterday on the Sunlight network.
- Paul Blumenthal began the day with several transparency related headlines including noting that at least 130 current congressional chiefs of staff and legislative directors are former lobbyists, details of a study that states when individuals make political donations directly benefit businesses in their communities, and more. (Sunlight Foundation Blog)
- Daniel Schuman questioned whether it is better for lobbyists to be smart or well-connected, citing a new paper entitled “Is IT Whom You Know or What You Know? An Empirical Assessment of the Lobbying Process.” (Sunlight Foundation Blog)
- Paul Blumenthal reported more on the relationship between The Monitor Group and lobbying for Libya. (Sunlight Foundation Blog)
- Scott Stadum chose Google Custom Search as his Tool for Transparency, explaining how to create a custom search engine. (Sunlight Foundation Blog)
- John Wonderlich announced the introduction of H.Res 135 by Rep. Gary Peters, a bill that would require reports on House Members’ expenditures to be posted on House.gov. (Sunlight Foundation Blog)
- Take a look at the previous day’s transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency related events. (Transparency Caucus Blog)