The Sunlight Foundation uses cutting-edge technology and ideas to make government transparent and accountable
September 29, 2010 § Leave a comment
I just did something that I think will help make government work a little better for us, and I thought you’d want to check it out too.
The pledge is part of a new campaign called Public=Online. It’s a nationwide network of citizens working to make government more open and transparent, and I think it’s great. I just signed the pledge because I know government should be transparent, but it definitely isn’t right now.
The campaign is trying to build as much muscle as possible to make government change its ways, and the pledge is the first way to accomplish to do that. That’s why I signed it. I want the folks who represent me to know that I expect them to be transparent about things like how they spend my money or how they are being influenced by lobbyists.
Right now it just feels like government is one big black box, and I feel like this pledge is something we can do as a step in the right direction.
To find our more about the campaign, visit http://publicequalsonline.com/pledge/
It’s called Public=Online because when government information is online where we can get it anytime we can become more informed and engaged citizens.
In signing this pledge, you are helping to ensure:
- Candidates for office are more transparent through their campaigns
- Government budget and spending information is easily available
- “Public” government information is “online” through the Public Online Information Act
- All legislation is available online for 72 hours before it’s debated (H.Res. 554)
- Public officials disclose who or what they receive money from, online and in real-time
- Lobbyists are held to greater account for the influence they exert on public officials
The Sunlight Foundation uses cutting-edge technology and ideas to make government transparent and accountable.
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. We 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.
In this election cycle, the most expensive midterm in recent memory, this donation is crucial to making sure you and I can keep following the money in politics. In the last few months, you’ve helped us by testing out Poligraft, a tool that lets anyone see the relationships between politicians, organizations, and major donors. We’re building a watchdog community together by using the Sunlight Campaign Ad Monitor. We want to continue exposing shadowy political relationships and creating tools that let you follow the money, but to do it, we need your help.
Donate at sunlightfoundation.com/donate/challenge.
Let’s hold Washington accountable together.