Sunshine Week on NBC12
This week was Sunshine Week across the country, an effort to bring a attention to transparency and openness of government. We took advantage of the opportunity to introduce you to two of my favorite organizations doing incredible work shining a light on government business.
On Thursday we talked to Megan Rhyne. She is the Executive Director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government. They lobby the state legislature to prevent limits on public access to government work. They also help average citizens obtain information by helping them with the FOIA process (Freedom of Information Act)
We talked about all of the good things VACOG is working on during a live interview on NBC12 First at 4:
Then on Friday we welcomed David Poole, the Executive Director of the ever expanding Virginia Public Access Project. VPAP is an incredible tool to track down everything you could ever want to know about about campaign finance. A resource that is very important in a state like Virginia that has no campaign donation limit.
VPAP recently expanded and is now covering donations to County Supervisors in Henrico and Chesterfield. An incredibly important addition to a group of leaders that don’t often get much attention.
My conversation with David is below:
VPAP is also doing some incredible work tracking the progress of redistricting in the Commonwealth.