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A note to our Google+ followers:

As of today, you will no longer see new content posted on this Google+ account. It's been a great ride, but we've decided that we need to focus on growing some of Sunlight's other online communities.

We've really enjoyed engaging with this community during the last few years. But growth and engagement has slowed here recently — and all while our other channels continue to demand more of our time and focus. Ultimately, we feel that if we can't be here to respond to your questions and comments, then we probably shouldn't be here at all.

We'll leave the page up for posterity. But we also want to be clear to you, dear plusers, that there will be no new content posted here in the future.

If you're looking to engage with open government and civic tech on Google+, we would highly recommend this  community, which is well-moderated by +Alexander Howard and keeps very current: https://plus.google.com/communities/107785386141957326304

While this might be farewell for Sunlight on Google+, it's certainly not goodbye!  Here are a few places where you'll find us posting regular updates about our work:

Sign up for our email list: www.sunlightfoundation.com/join

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/sunfoundation
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/sunlightfoundation
Tumblr: www.sunfoundation.tumblr.com

Thanks for everything!
<3 Sunlight

[via Evan Mackinder, Digital Engagement Manager (emackinder [at] sunlightfoundation [dot] com)]
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Here's to eight incredible years of #opengov — and many more!
Celebrate eight years of Sunlight with our interactive report,
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Imagine getting a push notification when your city council is taking up an issue important to you. It's not as far off as you think — but we need your help to make it happen!
This Thanksgiving holiday, we're asking you to join Sunlight in helping create open data about your local government. Over the last year and a half, we have been working hard to architect and implement new tools and data specifications to work with state and municipal data; ultimately, we want to ...
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I have a suggestion for this sort of thing: using/incorporating virtual personal assistants (Siri, Viv, Amelia, Watson, Cortana, etc.) will be huge in getting widespread adoption.

Imagine if your VPA (virtual persona assistant) gave you verbal updates (or even txt) - the point is that the VPA can automate the process, monitoring the political spectrum you are interested in, and collecting and collating data in a sensible way.

If you want to stay on top of the trend, then I highly recommend finding ways to develop platforms that incorporate these new VPA's into this system.
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It's time to get real about stopping #darkmoney. This bill would do just that.
Sen. Jon Tester. Photo credit: Nicko Margolies/Sunlight Foundation Today, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., introduced the Sunlight for Unaccountable Nonprofits Act (The SUN Act). Not only are we at the Sunlight Foundation more than a little bit in love with the name, but we also love what the bill does. The ...
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More of this, Senator.
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Political spending in the US dwarfs spending by other democracies. And we have fewer people cutting the most checks.
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons Although the U.S. political map turned significantly more red last week, the one unifying color of the midterm elections was green. Nearly $4 billion of green to be precise, given directly to candidates, funneled through political money laundering organizations, and supplied in massive lump sums by ...
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In #Election2014, conservative #darkmoney beat liberal super PACs - and it wasn't even close.

Which outside groups got the best bang for their political bucks? Find out here: http://snlg.ht/ROI-ELECTION2014
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love the work that you do +Sunlight Foundation. Long time fan and I've +1'd many, many times, but I've been playing with a new way to give "tips" to content creators, so here's $1 via +ChangeTip 
(ChangeTip uses bitcoin on the backend, makes microtransactions easy/affordable). 
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A new Congress convenes today — as does a whole new class of revolving door lobbyists: snlg.ht/D8kWK
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We're updating some of our APIs for 2015 with more #opendata — here's what you need to know.
The US Capitol building is pictured at dusk in the wintertime. It’s that time again. Elections are over and a key question has been rolling in from those of you that use our legislative APIs: When can I expect to see the newly elected officials in the data? Sunlight's Congress ...
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For every dollar spent on influencing politics, the nation’s most politically active corporations received $760 from the government.
Between 2007 and 2012, 200 of America’s most politically active corporations spent a combined $5.8 billion on federal lobbying and campaign contributions. A year-long analysis by the Sunlight Foundation suggests, however, that what they gave pales compared to what those same corporations got: $4.4 trillion in federal business and support. ...
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Introducing "Today in #OpenGov," our new morning email newsletter that's packed with analysis, links and more. Plus, it goes great with a cup of coffee!

Sign up here today: http://snlg.ht/1yFf99q
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Introducing #saveSitegeist — our new Kickstarter campaign to create the next great #opendata app.
Today, the Sunlight Foundation is launching our first Kickstarter campaign in hopes that you can help us save and upgrade Sitegeist, one of our most popular apps. Sitegeist is a way to easily learn about your surroundings through a series of scrolling data visualizations. We hoped it would showcase the ...
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It's good to see you guys using Kickstarter.
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We analyzed more than 800,000 public comments submitted to the FCC. Only 1% of those were clearly opposed to net neutrality.

http://snlg.ht/1Cn3MGJ
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Introduction
The Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government globally and uses technology to make government more accountable to all.
 
We do so by creating tools, open data, policy recommendations, journalism and grant opportunities to dramatically expand access to vital government information to create accountability of our public officials. Our vision is to use technology to enable more complete, equitable and effective democratic participation. Our overarching goal is to achieve changes in the law to require real-time, online transparency for all government information, with a special focus on the political money flow and who tries to influence government and how government responds. And, while our scope began with only a focus on the U.S. Congress, we now are defining open government on the local, state, federal and international level.

We believe that information is power, or, to put it more finely, disproportionate access to information is power. Indeed, we are committed to improving access to government information by making it available online, indeed redefining "public" information as meaning "online."

We approach our work in a number of ways. We work with thousands of software developers, local transparency activists, bloggers, on and off-line active citizens and journalists, involving them in distributed research projects, hackathons, targeted lobbying and training. Sunlight's Policy team pushes for improved transparency policy through through NGO efforts like OpeningParliament.org, and through traditional lobbying of government. Our reporters cover political influence stories both through reporting and through close collaboration with technical staff, leveraging computer-assisted reporting and data visualization techniques. And in Sunlight Labs, our team of technologists and designers create apps and websites to bring information directly to citizens, as well as building and maintaining APIs that power the applications of others.

These efforts have produced real results. To date, we have served more than 736 million API calls (and counting), indicating how much the data we liberate is needed. Our reporting is frequently cited by the world's preeminent journalists. Our research has led to congressional hearings, and our tools have stripped problematic measures from bills. But we know that as government grows ever-more complex, we will all need better tools to navigate it to ensure democracy thrives.

Get involved in helping us open up government, one data set at a time.