Cap. Hill Event on Earmark Transparency – Monday

by on November 9, 2010 · 0 comments

If you’re in the D.C. area, come join the fun next Monday, November 15th, as the Advisory Committee on Transparency kicks off with its first event: The Future of Earmark Transparency (2:00 p.m., 2203 Rayburn House Office Building).

The Sunlight Foundation’s Daniel Schuman moderates a discussion that includes Steve Ellis of Taxpayers for Common Sense and yours truly. My project crowdsourced over 40,000 earmark requests last year, which we displayed on this map.

Earmarks are a hot topic right now. The new Republican Congress may make a move to ban them, but the Senate leadership may not be ready to go quite that far.

Will full-fledged earmark transparency be the compromise? It might provide a model for far more transparent processes throughout Congress.

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