Paul Blumenthal is the Senior Writer at the Sunlight Foundation. A regular blogger for the site, Paul touches on a wide variety of transparency-related subjects including congressional corruption, the bank bailout, lobbying disclosures and the news of the day.

Previously, Paul worked for Rock the Vote as a researcher and blogger and interned with the Campaign for America's Future, the Drug Policy Alliance and Shrum Devine & Donilon. Paul is a graduate of the NYU Gallatin School for Individualized Study, but maintains that he learned everything he ever needed to know from growing up in Washington, D.C. Paul can be found on Twitter: @SunFoundation

November 10, 2010

The Citizens United Effect

The Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling allowed this election to be the costliest and least transparent midterm in recent history.
October 6, 2010

Rahm Emanuel's White House Visitor Trail

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel left the White House to pursue a bid to be the next Mayor of Chicago. Who visited Emanuel while in the White House, and what could that meant for his future -- and the White House's?
September 29, 2010

Post-Citizens United Disclosure Down Significantly

The Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling opened up a massive hole in the disclosure regime governing campaign spending. And it affected the number of independent groups disclosing to the Federal Election Commission.
August 18, 2010

Less of a Non-Sequitur Response on Campaign Finance

If you could create your own system of campaign finance laws that encourages and prioritizes transparency and disclosure, what would they look like?
August 13, 2010

It's Not Easy Being Non-Partisan

Being a non-partisan organization may seem ambiguous, but Sunlight Foundation maintains that transparency is something both political sides can agree on and fight for.
July 9, 2010

Earmark Transparency Still Makes More Sense than a Ban

The Sunlight Foundation recently sent a letter seeking cosponsors for H.R. 5258 and S. 3335, which would require the creation of a centralized database of earmarks and earmark requests.
June 14, 2010

Labor Groups Use Ark. Primary As Citizens United Testing Ground

The Arkansas Senate primary between Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is acting as a testing ground for express advocacy advertisements allowed under the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.
May 6, 2010

Introducing the Cycle of Transparency

The "Cycle of Transparency" demonstrates the specific actions and the variety of actors that need to work together to create the open, transparent government we seek--a useful tool in thinking about how to make governments more transparent.
May 6, 2010

Why Apply Transparency to Lobbying?

The one significant change in disclosure that goes to the root of the public fears of lobbying would be immediate disclosure of lobbyist contact with lawmakers, government officials and government offices. There an informational valley here that creates extreme distrust and fear.
May 6, 2010

What You Can Do with

Sunlight Labs announced the release of in April. The site makes searching, obtaining and downloading government data so much easier than it has ever been.