Monday, August 18, 2014
The Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government globally and uses technology to make government more accountable to all. It has several databases that legislative researchers will find interesting. I point out three (with links) below:
 Political Influence Explorer connects the dots of political contributions on the federal and state level allowing you to track influence by lawmaker, company or prominent individual.
 Foreign Influence Explorer document some of the ways foreign entities influence policy and opinions in the United States.The foreign influence data housed here comes from documents collected by the Department of Justice as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act and press releases from The Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
 Lobbyist Registration Tracker is a database which allows users to see lobbying registrations as they're submitted and the trends in issues and registrations over time.