Paying Congress’s interns a living wage is a good idea. Paying professional staff one is even better.
With a median household income of about $95,000, Washington, DC metro area is the third-priciest place to live in the US. If we assume 48 work weeks a year, the median junior staffer in Congress earns between $10.25 and $12.00 an hour.
A Sunlight Foundation analysis of the 20 organizations that have lobbied the most on the Export-Import bank since 2008.
It is a widely accepted truism in Washington that the place to get rich is on “K Street” — that metonymic shorthand for the Washington lobbying business. But how rich?
Interest groups from the NRA to the Sierra Club show the power of information to motivate citizens.
People condemn targeted advertising for its "creepiness" but the real issue is that we are giving private companies more power.
Results from our 2017 Congressional Capacity Survey (CCS) show that despite the large share of staff resources allocated explicitly to dealing with constituent response, constituent demands frequently encroach on the activities of staffers with other responsibilities.
Looking at bill introductions, their subject matters and their co-sponsorship patterns, a story emerges from the 2013 Congress.
The Daily Dot
Going back to 2005 (when the phrase “net neutrality” first shows up in lobbying disclosure reports), the principle’s biggest opponents (Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and their allies) have lobbied against net neutrality about three times as hard as the biggest proponents of neutrality (Level 3, Google, Microsoft and their allies).
Twitter may provide useful clues for detecting a spike in influenza, but its users are too different from the population at large for counting votes before they're cast.
Chances are, you'll snag the wrong people, and when you do, how can you tell? How do you clear suspects of crimes that haven't happened?
A guide to what data mining is, how it works, and why it's important.
Computer-mediated communication often makes visible and explicit many aspects of social interaction that are normally invisible or implicit.