Open Transparent Accountable Government: Why It's Important; How Will We Get There?
Ellen Miller Executive Director The Sunlight Foundation
Abstract The arguments in favor of an open and accountable government are unassailable, but important to keep in mind as the movement builds towards that end. (As Yogi Berra is reported to have said: "If we don't know where we are going we might end up someplace else.") But most of the Obama Administration's promises four years ago remain unfulfilled and the challenges for all of us to make real progress are substantial. What are some of the issues at hand and how can we address them?
Biography Ellen S. Miller is the co-founder and executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based, non-partisan non-profit dedicated to using the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency. She is the founder of two other prominent Washington-based organizations in the field of money and politics -- the Center for Responsive Politics and Public Campaign -- and a nationally recognized expert on transparency and the influence of money in politics. Her experience as a Washington advocate for more than 35 years spans the worlds of non-profit advocacy, grassroots activism and journalism. Ms. Miller also served as deputy director of Campaign for America's Future, was the publisher of TomPaine.com and was a senior fellow at The American Prospect. She spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill. She blogs regularly at SunlightFoundation.com
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