What if we were able to â€œcoverâ€ live events in a new way using government data that weâ€™re able to compile and connect it to political events and personas of the day?
Today weâ€™re going to take this idea to the next step by beginning to connect government data such as campaign contributions or lobbyist meetings to a political event in real-time. As Republican and Democratic leaders come together to debate health care in a public forum, Sunlight is going to provide an alternative to the mainstream mediaâ€™s coverage. In a replicable pilot we are calling Sunlight Live, our team will connect data such as the aforementioned lobbying contributions or â€œrevolving doorâ€connections the meetingâ€™s participants may have, and put them right next to the video feed, as any particular politician is speaking.
We think Sunlight can offer a unique live perspective on the debate in the midst of the media frenzy, by focusing not on the merits of health care, but on the money, connections, and influence data to which we have created access. In addition to displaying data from Sunlight and its granteesâ€™ projects, our staff will once again be live blogging, facilitating online conversation via Twitter, and engaging the open government community in research as the debate unfolds. We donâ€™t yet know exactly what weâ€™ll need or what will work best â€¦ but thatâ€™s the point.
Weâ€™ll be getting things started at 10 a.m. with the beginning of the meeting. Hope youâ€™ll join us!