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Thursday, September 21, 2006

 

Find Out What YOUR Congressman and Senator Pays His Staffers

-by Warner Todd Huston

According to The Hill newspaper, a new website almost shut down Congress
earlier a few days ago.

Legistorm.com, came on line and
promptly sent every staff worker in Washington, D.C. to their computers to
see if they were in the database, and secondly what all their comrades on
the Hill are being paid.

Once on Legistorm's site, they say that they are "The Web's only source for
congressional staff salaries..." They feature a search engine where you can
find single staffers or their Congressional employer. And a wealth of info
is at your fingerprints.

According to the creators, they spent the many hundreds of man hours to take
the Senate and House's printed salary reports, reports that are usually
hidden from public view in the Congressional records archives, enter them
into a data base and make them ready for your perusal.

We should thank Legistorm for all their hard work as they prove the best
usage of the Web. No2, for the first time, it is easy for the general public
to find out how much money is being wasted on buddies and pals of our
Congressional representatives. Finally some sunlight is being shinned on one
aspect of government waste.

Here is the main page explanation of the site:

At long last, US congressional staff salaries are available for free on the
web - and only here at LegiStorm.

Who is employed by Congress, and how much
they are paid, is often a source of fascination for the politically aware.
Prior to this site's creation, members of the public needed to visit the
document rooms of the House and the Senate in Washington, DC to discover who
was being paid what. Now, all this information is available on the web - for
residents of Alaska or Zanzibar - at the click of a mouse.

We exist to
provide a valuable resource for users. If you have any suggestions for
improvement, we would love to know.

Over the coming months we anticipate
adding other useful resources. Please stay tuned. And be sure to Register
for Updates so you can be informed by email when we upload new data to the
site or introduce new features.

Democracy and accountability lives at Legistorm!!


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