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LegiStorm is constantly adding new information on the people, places and reports in our database. In the past week, LegiStorm added:
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LegiStorm has added permanent staff and transition aides for most of the new sitting members, representatives-elect and senators-elect of Congress.
The personnel of new offices ranges from those who can boast nine fulltime hires such as special election winner Rep. Dave Curson (D-Mich.) to those with only an orientation or transition aide. Among the individuals confirmed by LegiStorm as incoming staff are a nationally recognized angler, an amateur film and book critic, a chief of staff self-described as an "arch right winger" in college and a former candidate for his boss's seat in Congress.
Kat Cammack, Rep.-elect Ted Yoho (R-Fla.)'s incoming chief of staff, founded a bass fishing club in college and competed in the Association of Collegiate Anglers Tournament Series. To boot, she was also named Miss Monument, Colo. in 2009.read more ...
Several House races aren't over yet but newly minted members of Congress are beginning to pick their staff and LegiStorm is now tracking this.
We have added our first employee for a new member, Jennifer Wilson Watson, who served as Rep.-elect Tom Rice's (R-S.C.) campaign manager in the campaign's final month but tells us she is slated to be his district director.
We will add each new staffer to our staff directory for the member, and next week we plan to add a handy summary so people can find all new members and see their incoming staff they have selected. (Nov. 12 update: we have now added that new members page). As with any person or organization mentioned on our site, they can be found via our site-wide search box at the top right of every page on the site.read more ...
Campaigns seeking to cudgel the opposition this election season have been employing LegiStorm in a variety of contexts.
In Missouri's heated Senate race, the campaigns of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) traded barbs over the level of pay females in Akin's office receive. Citing LegiStorm's database of congressional staff salaries, McCaskill's campaign alleges that Akin paid female staffers 23.4 percent less than men from 2001-2010. Akin's campaign quickly retorted using LegiStorm's information that in the most recent quarter of 2012, female Akin staffers earned $3,158 more than their male counterparts.read more ...
The revolving door appears to have slowed as the election approaches.
In the past quarter, 84 people have moved through the revolving door from Capitol Hill to K Street or back during the past three months, according to LegiStorm's one-of-a-kind database of lobbying activity and congressional staff. This figure is down from both the previous quarter and the same period a year ago.
LegiStorm found 119 people who swung from Capitol Hill to K Street or back during the second quarter filing period. A year ago, the third quarter filing deadline found 130 people who had made the move - representing a 35 percent drop.read more ...
Since last September, parts of the site have been designated for our Pro users only - those who subscribe to our services. This past month, after much internal debate, we expanded our "pay wall" by instituting page view limits on much of the rest of the site that remains free.
Our pay wall is intended to allow LegiStorm to grow and continue providing the unique and high-quality information services that people have come to expect from us. We are a business and can't continue to operate while giving away our products to those who otherwise would and should purchase them. LegiStorm won't help anyone if we don't survive and thrive.
While we know people would love all information on our site to be free, the access limits we've put in place still allow members of the general public to get basic information they need at no cost while encouraging those with a professional need and the means to subscribe to do just that.read more ...
Financial disclosures were finally released this weekend for Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the last holdouts in the Senate in submitting annual disclosures that were due back in May.
Kerry and Paul were the only two senators without annual disclosures covering calendar year 2011. They were allowed a 90-day extension to the original deadline of May 15th by the Senate Ethics Committee but the Aug. 13 deadline came and went without the reports making it into the Senate's system. LegiStorm received the documents via mail over the weekend from the Office of Public Records.
LegiStorm maintains the only online database of financial disclosures for members of Congress and their staff. As new disclosures and amendments to past disclosures become available, LegiStorm will continue to add them to the site.
LegiStorm has launched a new product, PowerBrief, which provides customers with all the information LegiStorm has about a specific member of Congress or congressional staffer in one printable PDF document.
PowerBrief leverages LegiStorm's unparalleled knowledge about Washington's power players to provide users with intelligence not found anywhere else, allowing legislative affairs professionals, and advocates get prepared for working with Capitol Hill. PowerBrief offers all the information LegiStorm has about members and their staffers. Among the PowerBrief items:
"I'm proud that LegiStorm has rapidly evolved into the leading provider of intelligence about the people who work on Capitol Hill," said Jock Friedly, LegiStorm's founder and president. "I can say with great confidence after extensive testing that our data is not only the most thorough - with a level of detail that is found absolutely nowhere else - but we are also the most accurate and up-to-date data source as well. And we're rapidly evolving our capabilities to provide even better coverage for our users."read more ...
The total amount of salaries earned by House of Representative staffers in the second quarter of 2012 was about $166 million, the lowest amount since the third quarter of 2008.
The House released the salaries, covering the period from April 1 to June 30, yesterday. LegiStorm entered the data into our database and went through an extensive process of cleaning up the data, researching and matching records with our existing database. For the second straight data release, we were able to make the information available on our website the day after the release.
Total salary spending has trended down since Republicans took control of the House in 2011 and made cutting spending a priority. The decrease in salaries is a reflection of the cuts to the overall House expense budgets. Each member's expense allowance - which covers all official expenses, including salaries - was cut 6.5 percent in 2012, on the heels of a 5 percent cut in 2011.read more ...
Two senators still haven't filed their personal financial disclosures even though the final extended deadline has passed.
They are the only members of the Senate or House of Representatives left to file. The original deadline for the disclosures was May 15, but lawmakers could request up to 90 days of extensions. About 90 lawmakers requested at least some extension to the deadline, and all but Kerry and Paul filed by the final Aug. 13 extended deadline.read more ...
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Newcomers to the site without a LegiStorm Pro subscription can build and download simple lists based on staffing within an office or a state delegation or those who cover a specific role or legislative issue within an office. Users are charged per downloaded contact.
Annual subscribers to LegiStorm Pro are treated to a whole new level of list-building capability, as well as 2000 free download credits. Subscribers can build lists based on multiple criteria, including more advanced options such as where the person went to college. The lists are highly configurable, with users being able to add or subtract anyone from the list as needed.read more ...