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The Sunlight Foundation uses technology and ideas to make government transparent and accountable.

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Jul 28, 2014

A map of the station boundaries for KYW-TV, a CBS affiliate in Philadelphia. Source:

Candidates for office and other political advertisers dropped more than $4.6 million at a single Philadelphia station between April 2013 and June 2014.

A Sunlight Foundation analysis of 14 months worth of contracts at CBS affiliate KYW provides a glimpse at the relentlessness with which voters in key markets are bombarded with political messages — and intriguing details about how office seekers, political parties and other interest groups target them.

Our examination of the KYW contracts shows that Democratic candidates outspent Republicans by more than 350 percent, perhaps not surprising in a county where Democrats have a nearly 8-to-1 advantage in voter registration. The analysis is made possible by Political Ad Sleuth, a tool the Sunlight Foundation maintains to make ad files at the Federal Communications Commission readily searchable.

The majority of the ad buys came in October and May, ahead of two big regional elections: KYW's signal stretches into southern New Jersey, which held its gubernatorial election in November. And Pennsylvania held its primary elections this year on May 20. But our analysis also shows that, in politics, the air wars tend to start early.

In contrast to ad-buying patterns at a North Carolina station Sunlight recently analyzed, the spending at KYW came primarily from candidates themselves: this year, from Pennsylvania governor hopefuls and last year, from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Outside spending groups didn't make it into the top ten political advertisers on this station. The top outside spending group, the American Petroleum Institute, spent just $79,000 on KYW over this time period. Ad Hawk, a Sunlight mobile app that aggregates campaign videos, shows that API advertises heavily on issues of interest to the industry such as fracking, energy taxes and the Keystone XL pipeline. The trade association has run at least two ads targeting senators in the KYW viewing area: Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Delaware's Democratic Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons.

What programming each candidate or organization bought against is also telling about the type of voters they were trying to court. (Spoiler alert: not unlike most of the world, the political class does not think highly of those who watch “Two and a Half Men.”)

While candidates of both parties favored news shows, Democratic candidates targeted the 11 p.m. evening news while Republican candidates targeted news aired earlier in the day. Democrats also dominated celebrity gossip shows — "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider" — while Republicans hit game show "Let's Make a Deal." Overall, Republican, Democrat and independent spending groups targeted news junkies, with the top five targets for advertising being various news shows.

Political buyers also knew which shows to avoid. In very last place for political advertising was the reboot of "Hawaii 5-0", with only one ad purchased during the entire year we examined. That purchase came from Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., whose gubernatorial campaign aired a 30-second ad during the police procedural on May 16 at 7:58 p.m. Four days later, Schwartz lost her Democratic primary battle to Tom Wolf.

Sunlight's analysis of the KYW buys is part of a larger project to provide a detailed map of Philadelphia's media landscape leading up to this November's elections, when voters in the region will be deciding a hotly contested Pennsylvania governor's race and several competitive congressional races in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The effort is headed by the Internet Archive. Partners include Philadelphia's Committee of Seventy, the University of Pennsylvania's Linguistics Data Consortium and the University of Delaware's School of Public Policy and Administration.


Jul 28, 2014

Line drawing of Jeffrey Katzenberg wearing tuxedo

Megadonor Jeffrey Katzenberg made Sunlight's list of Stealthy Wealthy. (Sketch by Lindsay Young/Sunlight Foundation)

The list of National Medal of Arts awardees receiving their honors from President Barack Obama Monday afternoon at a White House ceremony reminds us of the old Sesame Street song: "One of these things is not like the other."

Among the 11 recipients of this year's National Medal of Arts, given to honor "outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States," are acclaimed writers Julia Alvarez and Maxine Hong Kingston, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, singer Linda Ronstadt, composer John Kander, filmmaker Albert Maysles and dance innovator Bill T. Jones.

And then there is Jeffrey Katzenberg. The DreamWorks CEO, whose cultural contributions include Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third and Chicken Run. But, as Sunlight has documented, he has other qualifications that may resonate at the White House.

Who says politics is not an art?

Jul 28, 2014

Keep reading for today's look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis, including the Office of Congressional Ethics calling out illegal lobbying for the first time, Guyana's controversy over presidents-as-lobbyists, and a former Virginia Governor's upcoming corruption trial.

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National News

  • For the first time, the rather secretive Office of Congressional Ethics has accused an entity of lobbying Congress illegally. The offense? Failure to register under the Lobbying Disclosure Act. (The Hill)
  • The New York Times editorial board wrote in support of Senator Leahy's Senate version of the USA Freedom Act, calling it "a significant improvement over the halfhearted measure passed by the House in May." (The New York Times)
  • The Obama Administration  quietly dispatched an additional 62 advisers to Iraq as it tries to chart a policy response to the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has taken over towns in Western and Northern Iraq. (The Hill)
  • Sen. Ron Wyden is weighing the possibility of using a seldom-invoked procedure to declassify an Intelligence Committee report on the use of torture, following a report disclosure lag from the White House. (Roll Call)

International News

  • The Philippines' Department of Justice lent its support to a bill that would require the disclosure of funding and financing sources for government surveys. "The funding disclosure requirement would give the public a fair and educated judgement as to the veracity and legitimacy of surveys," the Philippines' Justice Secretary stated. (Inquirer)
  • The Thai water authority plans to consolidate all location-based data across its departments into a central system within the next five years. This consolidation is planned to dramatically increase the water authority's efficiency at responding to consumers and handling repairs and system expansions. (FutureGov)
  • Guyana has been rocked by allegations of a former president serving as a lobbyist for foreign investors with contracts in the country. (Stabroek News)

State and Local News

  • In their much-anticipated federal corruption trial set to begin Monday, former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, will seek to win acquittal on multiple charges of corruption and lying on financial documents. (Washington Post)
  • California Governor Jerry Brown will meet with with foreign officials -- including the Mexican President -- as well as encourage businesses to invest in California and perhaps tour some of the city's cultural landmarks. But his trip to Mexico is no state visit. Instead, it's funded by scores of delegates, including business leaders and lobbyists who paid $5,000 each to travel with the governor. (Los Angeles Times)
  • When you're Nebraska governor, the gifts just keep coming. Gov. Dave Heineman reports he received 255 gifts last year, an average of nearly five gifts a week. The gifts ranged from food, books, and T-shirts to 25 free golf outings with friends, business executives and lobbyists. Most of the gifts fell below the state's $100 reporting requirement, but four were valued at more than $1,000, including memberships at two exclusive golf clubs. (WOWT)

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Jul 28, 2014

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While the G7 (previously G8) countries pledged to make data “open by default” and “usable by all” last summer, many of their open data action plans show hesitations and difficulties to guarantee their data will be free of charge.

Sunlight has been following the development of the G8 Open Data Charter since it was signed. G8 Leaders agreed to follow five open data principles and publish their own national action plans detailing how to implement the Charter. Four countries failed to launch their plans by the deadline of October 2013, and Germany has still yet to release its plan — now nine months delayed.

We examined all available G7 national action plans (plus the EU) and compared them against promises in the Open Data Charter. We scored each plan according to its degree of commitments and whether its promises have linked to any concrete actions. Instead of focusing on absolute scores and ranking of each country, this analysis aims at spotting some stylized trends, best practices and areas for improvements from the G7 open data action plans.

Open by default is taking shape at national level

The first principle of the G8 Open Data Charter is “open data by default.” This principle means “all government data [will] be published openly” unless specified with “legitimate reasons.” Some G7 countries have taken the principle on board and written it into national executive orders (U.S.), mandatory policies (Canada) or even legislations (Italy). However, their counterparts need stronger commitments: The U.K. white paper promises for a “presumption to publish data”; Japan’s plan says the government “shall actively release public data”; while the French plan just promises to “move towards” the open by default principle. We believe a firmer commitment to the principle is an important step to fulfilling proactive disclosure as outlined in our own Open Data Guidelines.

Free-of-charge data is not guaranteed

Image Credit: Flickr / Jason Mrachina

Although the public can expect an increased amount of data to be released by the G7, they may have to pay for the access. Under the principle of “usable by all,” the G8 Charter “recognise[s] that open data should be available free of charge.” However, except for Canada, which promises to review the existing access fees and work to eliminate them in December 2015, most of the G7 fail to make clear commitments in this arena.

The U.S. and Japan make no promises in their action plans. The U.K. admits that there are difficulties for “some organisations” to provide free data, particularly for important datasets which are “not owned by government,” “currently charged for” and whose organizations are “reliant on this revenue.” In the National Information Infrastructure policy paper, the U.K. government states clearly that they have “no current plans for release on a free basis” for some data. And, once again, France only promises to “progress towards the broader cost-free reuse of open data.”

Sunlight stresses the importance for governments to remove as many restrictions for accessing information as possible, especially for royalty and access fees, which can be a huge hurdle for civil societies and individual citizens to re-use data. We also go a long way to explain how technology and proactive release can actually allow government to save costs with open data. The G7 countries should thus take active steps to make data free of charge by default, in order to truly ensure the data is “usable by all.”

Format. Format. Format.

Sunlight has explained (again and again) why releasing comprehensive and raw formats of data are important. It is encouraging to see most G7 countries’ action plans — such as Canada, Japan, the U.K., U.S. and EU — have recognized the importance of machine-readability and making it a mandatory requirement for data that they release. However, promises in the Charter about providing application program interfaces (APIs) and bulk data are not fully realized. Only the U.S. and France are able to mention in their plans that agencies should provide bulk data to the greatest extent possible, while just a few others show strong commitment to require authorities to provide APIs. In addition, as stated in our guidelines, a mandate for using open source solutions, unique identifiers and appropriate model citations are essential to encourage innovative use of data by the public, which is currently not guaranteed by the G8 Charter.

What else is missing? Open data inventories

In our analysis, we found that Canada and the U.K. have decided to establish a comprehensive data inventory of published and unpublished data that is open for the public to access (the U.S. has something similar called EDI which is not public). One of the most common reasons for not releasing data is “we don’t know what data you want.” But without a public list of all information holdings by the government, there are no ways that citizens can demand for the data they need. Even though this is not promised in the G8 Open Data Charter, we believe publishing data inventories is an important milestone for open data that all other countries should follow.

It is thrilling to see the G7 countries take a significant step to commit to high-level principles in transparency and open data, but it is as important for us to track whether such framework has been translated into effective national plans and daily implementation. We also hope that the international community can learn from the G7 experiences and commit to an International Open Data Charter in future.

To learn more about our analysis, the following is our full comparison on all available G7 Open Data Action Plans. You can also click here to view it on a Google spreadsheet.

Jul 25, 2014

Although President Barack Obama’s administration touts its support of an open and transparent government, there’s been a glaring exception: opening up political fundraisers to the pool of White House reporters who trail the president.

So far, in 2014, President Obama has headlined 41 political fundraisers, according to data from Party Time. Of those parties, the press has been shut out of almost half – 19, to be exact. Data from Political Party Time was cross-referenced with the White House President's Schedule to distinguish between closed and open press events. Money raised at these pricey gatherings (Party Time shows that, more times than not, donors put down upwards of $32,400 to attend) benefited the Democratic National Committee, the House Majority PAC or the Senate Majority PAC.

When a fundraiser is considered “closed press,” reporters are kept completely out of the event, as in, they are holed up in vans across the street or camped out in a different room of a hotel or private residence. They are unable to hear the president’s comments or see who is attending the event. For DNC events, a White House official will often provide details, like number of attendees and ticket prices, on background.

But the super PACs coordinate their own events, meaning the groups aren’t compelled to release any details and the White House can skirt most questions about them. Even though Obama has previously voiced his disapproval of super PAC cash, he’s changed course, headlining two events apiece for the House Majority PAC and the Senate Majority PAC since June.

On Wednesday afternoon, frustration among White House reporters about the lack of information on the PAC events bubbled up in the daily press gaggle with Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz:

The questions were posed during the plane ride from the Bay Area to Los Angeles. President Obama had attended a closed-press House Majority PAC fundraiser Wednesday morning at the Four Seasons in San Francisco followed by an open-press fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The president was en route to an open-press fundraiser for the DNC at the home of “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes.

The full transcript of the exchange can be found here.

Splash image credit: Flickr user Austen Hufford

Jul 25, 2014

Director of the NTIS, Hon. Bruce Borzino, testifies Wednesday. Image credit: Fedscoop
“Our goal here is to eliminate you as an agency.”

Sen. Tom Coburn’s terse statement towards Hon. Bruce Borzino, the Director of the National Technology Information Service (NTIS), succinctly summarized Wednesday’s Senate Hearing on the future of his small and beleaguered branch of the Department of Commerce. The NTIS once endeavored to provide a centralized and organized location for government documents. Now that its pay-to-access document library has become virtually obsolete as other agencies self-publish information for free, the NTIS’ very existence is being called into question by Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Coburn, R-Okla., the chairs of the Subcommittee of Financial and Contracting Oversight.

“Where you’re lucky enough to click is the difference between free and paid government information,” McCaskill noted. But a confusing mix of government data repositories both fee and free was only the beginning of the senators’ criticisms. The two slammed the NTIS’ significant access costs for both taxpayers and government entities, which they perceived as an unfair burden on taxpayers and wasteful government spending. Indeed, the cheapest and most limited subscription to the NTIS library costs $2,100, and the NTIS charged the Department of Commerce — its own parent entity — $288,000 in access fees in FY 2013. The 150-person agency, operating on $66 million in taxpayer dollars, struggles to defend itself against claims of errant spending, and its additional library access fees for taxpayers — who already pay for the service’s existence — appear equally egregious.

The NTIS library’s remaining strength may last with its size. Host to 2.8 million federal publications and, according to Borzino, an additional 30,000 titles added annually, this repository overshadows the size of other information repositories like, which currently hosts just over 111,000 datasets. Despite charging access fees, the service has struggled to adapt its infrastructure to technological advances. The service is roughly a decade behind on technology infrastructure — it used microfiche as its main information dissemination format until a decade ago — and only recently moved online. Although the NTIS originally endeavored to centralize and index government data for the public, a goal critical in open governance, the agency’s goals are beyond what its underdeveloped technical abilities can accomplish.

In spite of indexing and centralizing of government information, public demand for the NTIS’ expensive library remains weak, with other government agencies as its main subscribers. In recent years, the NTIS has also expanded to assist with web services like hosting and connecting government entities to contractors. Sens. McCaskill and Coburn took fault with this middleman position, which they found duplicative of the General Service Administration’s work, but more expensive and wasteful. Today’s NTIS, with a cumbersome and expensive documents library as well as redundant inter-government services, is a far cry from the NTIS President Harry Truman first established, which would “promote the nation’s economic growth by providing access to information that stimulates innovation and discovery.”

Coburn officially calls for the end of the NTIS in his proposed “Let Me Google That For You” Act, a cheekily named bill representative of the new information ecosystem in which the NTIS struggles to adapt. His bill is far from the first attempt to close the small agency: the Department of Commerce also pursued shuttering the NTIS during the Clinton administration. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has criticized the NTIS’ efficiency in reports dating back to 2000. The GAO even asked the NTIS to stop publishing its reports for fees, given that it now publishes them on the GAO website for free. The fate of the agency lies in the fate of Coburn’s bill, which still sits in the Senate Committee for Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The end of the NTIS will not trigger a sudden and massive loss of government information: a 2012 GAO report estimated that 74 percent of the NTIS library is readily accessible through other public sources.

As the NTIS’ existence hangs in the balance, mired in allegations of wasteful spending and inefficiency, this outdated attempt at a centralized and indexed government information bank may soon come to an end. Yet its original vision of a centralized clearinghouse of government information remains as necessary as ever, as the internet facilitates government data disclosure but not necessarily its organization. The possible end of the NTIS is a call for more effective information and data disclosure strategies among government agencies. If the Senate deliberates on the “Let Me Google That For You” Act, they must not only think destructively in terms of abolishing the NTIS, but also constructively about how that agency’s goals can be better accomplished in the future.

Jul 25, 2014

An image of John Amos Founder of SkyTruth
John Amos Founder of SkyTruth. Image credit: SkyTruth

The Obama administration is on the brink of making a decision that would ignore a Presidential Executive Order, violate a flagship administration policy and inexplicably keep the public in the dark on an issue of national significance: the possible environmental and public health impacts of the current boom in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for oil and gas.

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is finalizing a new rule to govern oil and gas drilling and fracking on millions of acres of public and Indian lands, from the spectacular tundra of Alaska, to the arid high plains of the Rocky Mountain West and the lush forests of the East. This “unconventional” drilling is targeting certain oil and natural-gas reservoirs in shale and sandstone formations that – until the geological one-two punch of horizontal drilling coupled with fracking came along – stubbornly refused to give up their fossil fuel treasure. Increasingly, drilling is moving into places where a lot of people live. The uncomfortable juxtaposition of farms, homes and schools with the intensive industrial activity of a modern drilling site is raising concern about possible contamination of surface and ground water and questions about the immediate and long-term exposure of local residents to the chemicals used in fracking. This concern is driving many in the public to call for complete and timely disclosure of the chemicals used at every fracking operation.

An image of fracking tanks at a Marcellus Shale drilling site in Tioga County, PA, 2010.
Fracking tanks at a Marcellus Shale drilling site in Tioga County, PA, 2010. Image Credit: D. Manthos, SkyTruth

With a nod to this concern, BLM’s proposed rule includes a provision for public disclosure, identifying a website called FracFocus as the preferred platform for the public to get information about the chemicals used at every future fracking operation conducted on public and Indian lands. But this site, built and hosted by an organization funded by the oil and gas industry, is not designed or operated to provide adequate public disclosure. In fact, it doesn’t comply with fundamental requirements of the President’s May 9, 2013 Executive Order on Open Data and violates the intent and spirit of this administration’s much-ballyhooed Open Data and Open Government initiatives. The chemical information is provided in PDF format, which is not machine-readable; the information is protected by copyright; and the terms of use forbid the sharing of the PDF reports. The reports lack the most basic elements of data curation, including reporting date and version control; and the ability of users to download PDFs from the site is being systematically throttled by the site administrators. Moreover, the data are regrettably incomplete: The identification of far too many chemicals is hidden behind arbitrary trade-secret claims, with no justification provided.

An image of shale gas drilling encroaching on rural residential life in southwestern Pennsylvania, 2012.
Shale gas drilling encroaches on rural residential life in southwestern Pennsylvania, 2012. Image Credit: D. Manthos, SkyTruth via LightHawk

Industry defenders of FracFocus have tried to brush off these repeated criticisms from NGOs, academia and the Department of Energy. But complete disclosure that facilitates the aggregation and analysis of chemical data for tens of thousands of wells nationwide over years of drilling activity, is crucial to enabling scientific investigation to answer one of the salient energy-policy questions of our generation: What, exactly, are the public health and environmental risks posed by modern drilling and fracking? BLM may claim that it’s too costly or complicated for the government to build its own site to curate this information and effectively serve it to the public, but we disagree. Other agency websites reliably provide public access to terabytes of well-curated, continually updated satellite imagery, weather data and toxic chemical information, to name just a few examples. This is a small-data problem. BLM should step up to the plate and take responsibility for collecting, curating and publishing this critical information in full compliance with Open Data and Open Government directives and intentions.

Ultimately this comes down to a fundamental question of identity for this administration: What do you stand for? Are you actually for openness and transparency in the operations of government, the management of public resources and the protection of public health and welfare? Do you stand by the President’s Executive Orders? Will you follow the excellent prescriptions and intentions of your Open Data and Open Government initiatives, promoting public participation in a strong democracy? Or will you hide crucial information from the public behind the façade of an ineffective and incomplete industry-controlled website?

This rulemaking is a gut-check opportunity. For the sake of public interest, I hope BLM and the administration get it right.

John Amos is an expert in the use of satellite images and other remote sensing data to understand and communicate local, regional and global environmental issues. Educated as a geologist at Cornell University (BS) and the University of Wyoming (MS), he spent 10 years applying image processing, image analysis, and digital mapping techniques to conduct environmental, exploration and resource assessment studies for the energy and mining industries and government entities. In 2001 he founded SkyTruth, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to strengthening environmental conservation by illuminating environmental problems and issues through the use of satellite images, aerial photographs, and other kinds of remote sensing and digital mapping.

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Jul 25, 2014

Keep reading for today's look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis, including recently released guidelines for placing individuals on the No-Fly List, difficulties in building Ireland's open data portal, and ethics commission interference from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office.

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  • Internal rules governing placement on the No-Fly List were published on Wednesday by the online magazine The Intercept over objections from Attorney General Eric Holder. The Obama Administration has argued that release of the list would permit terrorists to circumvent screening procedures that would prevent them from entering the United States. (New York Times)
  • The Obama White House has often claimed to be the most transparent in history, but journalists who cover the White House would beg to differ. The lack of access to the president has been a longstanding complaint of White House reporters, and the most recent outcry concerned a lack of access to Senate and House Majority PAC events that the president headlined. As democratized media decreases reliance on journalistic news outlets, however, the trend is unlikely to reverse itself soon. (Washington Post)
  • Sens. Tom Coburn and Claire McCaskill are co-sponsoring a bill that would eliminate the National Technical Information Service, a division of the Department of Commerce. Pointedly named the "Let Me Google That For You Act," the bill's co-sponsors contended in a hearing on Wednesday that the IT services provided by NTIS are duplicative. (NextGov)
  • The number of investigations at the Office of Congressional Ethics has dropped precipitously in the past two years. While some attribute the decline to greater selectivity in complaints pursued, few seem to believe that the decrease is a result of members of Congress behaving more ethically. (Washington Post)

International News

  • A recent European Court of Justice ruling makes it more difficult for the Council of the European Union to deny access to information about international trade and law. The case in question involves access to information on E.U.-U.S. financial transaction data-sharing agreements written in 2007, but offers the possibility of shedding more light on ongoing negotiations, such as those for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which resumed this week. (Access Info)
  • In an effort to make more government data open and accessible, Ireland recently established an open data portal modeled after those in the US and UK, but substantial problems remain in getting agencies and other state actors to release structured and machine-readable data. Minister Brendan Howlin warned that the data portal, still in its early stages, risked becoming simply a data dump without better data quality controls. (Irish Times)
  • New South Wales Minister for Finance and Services, Dominic Perrottet, announced the launch of an improved open data dashboard for the provincial government. The Minister noted a rapid rise in demand for government data over the past year, which saw a two-fold increase in API calls and millions of requests from various stakeholders. (ZDNet)

State and Local News

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo established the Moreland Commission last year to investigate ethics violations in Albany. Less than nine months into the commission's proposed eighteen-month run, Cuomo disbanded the commission in March, but an investigation from the New York Times reveals that Cuomo's office may have intervened frequently in the commission's work to protect those close to the governor. (New York Times)
  • John O'Brien, former state probation commissioner for Massachusetts, was convicted yesterday in US District Court in a sweeping corruption case. O'Brien, along with two of his employees, was found guilty of handing out patronage jobs to candidates sponsored by state legislators. (Boston Globe)

Events Today

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