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While it continues to press its “Let Our Congress Tweet” campaign, the Sunlight Foundation—a Washington-based non-profit that pushes ways for technology to increase transparency in government—today released a revised version of another of its projects, the Transparency in Government Act 2008. The model legislation, which intends to update congressional disclosure requirements to meet modern technological standards, is the product of a period of public comment hosted electronically at PublicMarkup.org. Since March, interested netizens have been able to use the site to add their input to the bill on subjects like whether Congressional Research Service reports should be made public, whether political action committees and candidates should be compelled to disclose campaign finance receipts, and whether disclosure requirements for lobbyists should be expanded. You are now free to comment on the revised version if you wish, while Sunlight continues negotiations on Capitol Hill for the bills introduction in Congress.

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