Thursday, September 07, 2006

Sunlight Foundation Funds CT Local Politics

I am pleased and honored to announce that CT Local Politics has been chosen to receive a minigrant from the Sunlight Foundation, an organization dedicated to fostering communication between Congress and constituents. The text of their release is here.

We will be using the funds to upgrade the site, purchase video and audio equipment, and gain access to polling data. It's my hope that the site will be greatly enriched and enhanced, and that you will all see a tangible difference in our content soon enough.

Our thanks to the Sunlight Foundation!

9 comments:

bluecoat said...

Congratulations GC, this sounds great on the surface to this skeptic who liked it way back when I saw this wasn't a money site. I couldn't find on their site who was funding them. i know they show this to the IRS but it would be nice if they put it out in the sunshine for at least this skeptic to see.

Anonymous said...

The money would be much better spent on happy hour....

Chris MC said...

That's an undeniable tribute to you, GC, the community that has grown around your project, and the relevance that CTLP has to the real world of politics.

Congratulations, I'm anticipating greater things still!

bluecoat said...

Where does the Sunshine Fund get its money from?

cgg said...

Bluecoat they're a new organization so their tax forms probably won't be made public until next year. The Sunlight Foundation is organized as a 501c3 non-profit, and individuals can make tax deductible contributions.

Just as a general FYI Guidestar.org is a wonderful resource for researching where charities and non-profits do get funding from. You can view an organization's 990 tax form with a basic account.

A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

Congrats as well, GC, as this site (already the best thing going IMHO) gets better and better ... Considering this is an all-volunteer sideline for you, you really have a right to be proud.

Genghis Conn said...

For those interested in where Sunlight gets it's money, here is a quote from an April 26, 2006 Washington Post article called "Aiming to Shed Light on Lawmakers":

"A new nonprofit group called the Sunlight Foundation plans to spend big money this year to connect voters to a wide range of information about candidates for Congress via the Internet.

The District-based group, which opens its doors today, is underwritten by securities lawyer Michael R. Klein, whose clients have included the patriarch of Washington's famously feuding Haft family, the founder of Dart Drug Stores. Its executive director, Ellen S. Miller, is a longtime advocate for disclosure of campaign finances.
...
Klein, 64, made a fortune by starting a firm called CoStar Group Inc. in the 1980s that for the first time gave wide dissemination to information about commercial real estate. These days he is president of the PEN/Faulkner Award's board of directors and an owner of an art gallery and a high-end D.C. restaurant, Le Paradou. He identifies himself "primarily a Democrat" and has funded the Sunlight Foundation with $3.5 million to start.
"

So there you go.

The True Gentleman said...

Wait a minute, GC. You assured me that the money was coming directly from Karl Rove himself...just kidding. Great work!

cgg said...

The foundation's web site is worth taking a look at. They have blogs, wikis, and several other labs that should keep political junkies busy for hours on end.