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Coalition Partners

iSolon.org has joined with the following groups as coalition partners:

Americans for Redistricting Reform

Open Government Coalition



Coalition Letters

iSolon.org has signed on to the following letters:

February 25, 2011
Letter to Librarian of Congress concerning public access to CRS reports

December 22, 2010
Letter to National Archives and Records Administration concerning CIA record keeping

October 20, 2010
Letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership concerning the transparency of National Transportation Safety Board

August 10, 2010
Letter to the Chair of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee concerning the transparency of records filed with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commissio

June 16, 2010
Letter to Congress asking for cosponsors on the Earmark Transparency Act

June 11, 2010
Letter supporting public access to the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS)

March 17, 2010
Letter supporting the Faster FOIA Act

March 16, 2010
Letter supporting public hearings on Public Online Information Act

March 9, 2010
Letter supporting strong whistleblower protections

January 22, 2010
Letter supporting transparency in healthcare legislation

January 19, 2010
Letter supporting whistleblower protections in the healthcare industry

November 3, 2009
Letter seeking greater transparency on the members and activities of health care advisory committees

October 20, 2009
Letter seeking to get Congress to post bills online 72 hours before it votes on them

October 2, 2009
Report: Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age
The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy's Report offers 15 policy measures to help Americans meet their local information needs.  The Advisory Group reviewed the report but was not asked to sign it.

September 30, 2009
Letter thanking Senator Leahy
More than 80 open government organizations and advocates signed onto a letter organized
OpenTheGovernment.org thanking Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, for his commitment to protecting and advancing government transparency through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

September 24, 2009
Report: U.S. Broadband Coalition
The Coalition includes prominent communications providers, high technology companies, manufacturers, consumers, labor unions, public interest groups, educators, state and local governments, utilities, content creators, foundations, and other stakeholders in America's broadband future. 

August 21, 2009
Coalition led by Americans for Redistricting Reform urges the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on the redistricting reform bill
A broad range of reform, business, and taxpayer organizations urged House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-TX) to hold hearings on the Fairness and Independence in Redistricting (FAIR) Act (H.R. 3025). The legislation to improve the corrupted redistricting process that allows politicians to handpick the voters they will represent was introduced by Representatives John Tanner (D-TN) and Mike Castle (R-DE) last month.   The reform groups calling for hearings include the Campaign Legal Center, Committee for Economic Development, Common Cause, FairVote, iSolon, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National Taxpayers Union, Public Citizen, and U.S. PIRG.

May 18, 2009
Coalition led by OpenTheGovernment.org and OMB Watch seeks open process for developing the Open Government Directive
More than 60 open government organizations and advocates signed onto a letter organized by OpenTheGovernment.org and OMB Watch calling on the Obama administration to announce a formal process for public input on developing the Open Government Directive, and to make all comments received while developing the recommendations publicly available.

 April 17, 2009
OpenTheGovernment.org, Coalition Partners, Respond to NARA on Alternative Models for Presidential Libraries
OpenTheGovernment.org was joined by 16 openness and good government advocates, including several coalition partners, in a letter in response to a recent request for input (RFI) on alternative models for Presidential libraries from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The letter asks NARA to take full account of the effect any alternative model may have on the public's ability to gain access to important historical documents and on NARA's obligation to provide the public with timely access to important historical documents.

February 24, 2009
OpenTheGovernment.org, Coalition Partners, Urge Congress to Put Spending Bills Online before Voting
OpenTheGovernment.org was joined by more than 20 openness and good government advocates, including several coalition partners, in sending a letter to the Speaker of the House and the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee urging them to place all upcoming spending bills online, in a usable (preferably machine-readable), format. The letter notes the public can be confident Members of Congress are being good stewards of government programs and taxpayer funds only if spending bills are developed in as transparent a way as possible and and each spending bill is posted online at least 72 hours before it is brought up for consideration

July 10, 2008
OpenTheGovernment.org and 24 Organizations Write to Support Passage of H.R. 5811, the Electronic Message Preservation Act
A coalition of 23 organizations wrote a letter to Representative Henry Waxman, Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, supporting passage of H.R. 5811, the Electronic Message Preservation Act. The bill directs the Archivist of the United States to establish standards for the capture, management, and preservation of White House e-mails and other electronic communications and to issue regulations requiring agencies to preserve electronic communications in an electronic format.

July 10, 2008
OpenTheGovernment.org and 29 open government advocates endorse S. 2746, the OPEN FOIA Act
Twenty-nine organizations and open government advocates (including several coalition partners) wrote a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary endorsing S. 2746, the OPEN FOIA Act. The bill will give members of the public and open government advocates the tools they need to find, analyze and challenge FOIA exemptions that are tucked into inconspicuous provisions buried deep in proposed legislation.

April 29, 2008
19 Groups Join OpenTheGovernment.org in Urging Continuation of Snapshots of Federal Web Sites
A coalition of 19 organizations wrote to the Archivist of the United States to protest the National Archives' decision to not capture and preserve a "snapshot" of government web pages at the end of the current Administration. The groups asked the Archivist to rescind the decision.

Other Partners

Show Me The Spending Coalition

Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, Advisory Group Member

U.S. National Broadband Coalition