A Hostess with U Street Chic

After a fabulous weekend full of vintage shopping (so many amazing finds I will blog about later this week), mani/pedis, and biding adieu to football season, I feel refreshed and ready to start the week. But before I begin my week I had to write about my hostess that escorted my girls and I to our table at Marvin's for brunch yesterday morning. Quick plug - their cheesy grits are to die for and the mimosas are fantastic!...more

The Sunlight Foundation Looks at Rahm Emanuel's White House Visitors

Last Friday, we learned what we had been hearing about all week: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is leaving the White House to pursue a bid to be the next mayor of Chicago. Emanuel leaves behind him one of the most powerful positions in national politics, one which his presence made even more important. ...more

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Has Maxine Waters found a way around the Federal Election Campaign Act?

My colleague Lindsay Young reports on what appears to be a unique fundraising strategy employed by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. Rather than raise the bulk of her campaign funds from political action committees and individual donors, Waters sells her endorsement to other politicians and political causes, sometimes for as much as $45,000. ...more

Rep. Maxine Waters Defends Against Ethics Charges

On August 13, 2010 Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) read a statement and answered questions on ethics charges brought against her by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). The OCE alleges that she inappropriately used her office to secure a meeting regarding what would later become TARP funding for OneUnited -- a bank her husband was a board member of from 2004 to 2008 and was a stock holder in at the time of the meeting. See this video for a summary of Rep. Waters' remarks. ...more

Poligraft Brings Politics and Influences Together in Just One Click

This post was written by Ellen Miller, Co-Founder and Executive Director, at the Sunlight Foundation....more

Tools for Transparency: PolitiWidgets

This post was written by Scott Stadum, User Engagement Analyst, at the Sunlight Foundation. ...more