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Help Wanted

Wanna earn some quick, easy money? It’s simple. Just talk to your Congress-critter and convince him or her to post their work schedule on the internet so everyone can see just how hard they are working in DC. Or not. You can earn $1,000 for each one you “sign up”.

I encourage all of you to take the Sunlight Foundation up on this offer and tell us who accepted and who balked and refused to comply. I must mention however, that sending your consigliare with an “offer they can’t refuse” or leaving dead horse’s heads in their beds may result in disqualification. Maybe. We’re still considering bending that rule ...

(Note: This is not a joke. This is a serious offer.)

Dear Allan,

Who are our lawmakers meeting with? Lobbyists? Constituents? What do they do with their time? Members of Congress work for us, and we should know what they do every day. That’s a pretty straightforward proposition, and we bet you agree. So Sunlight is launching a campaign, at http://www.punchclockcampaign.com, to get Members of Congress to agree to post their daily calendars on the Internet.

But we need your help and creativity to make that happen. We’ll give you $1,000 for each Member of Congress, and $250 for each candidate, who you get to agree to do this, beginning with the next Congress. We’re not kidding. Consider this a fee for your work. We’re calling this the Punch Clock Campaign because almost all of us have to turn in timesheets or punch a clock to get our paychecks.

The details on how you can get your $1,000, along with suggestions of how to talk to your politicians and other materials are here:

http://www.sunlightnetwork.com/punchclock

This Congress has put in less work days than any other Congress since 1948. What are they doing when they are not in legislative session? If we are going to change the nature of the relationship between lawmakers and citizens, it has to include a greater understanding of what Members of Congress do with their time. Check out our site, ask questions, share it with your friends, and enjoy the hunt for the elusive time of our Congress!

http://www.sunlightnetwork.com/punchclock

Sincerely,

Ellen Miller
Executive Director
Sunlight Foundation and Sunlight Network
http://www.sunlightfoundation.com


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