Government Reform

Surveil Your Least-Favorite Congresscriminal with Legistalker!

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Fun new site Legistalker allows you to "follow the latest online activity of Congress members," ranging from Google News feeds, Youtube, the Twitter, etc.

It gives us a whole new way to see our tax dollars at work. E.g., Rep. John Shinkus (R-Il.) recently tweeted that "I am preparing to crown the Illinois State Society Cherry Blossom Princess" (gross) while Rep. Jared Polis (D-Co.) helpfully notes, "Episode 6 of my Congressional reality show is up" (too sad for words or emoticons).

It's just a shame this thing wasn't around during the heyday of Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.).

Hat tip: Sandy Smith of Forum One Communications, which created Legistalker as an entry in the Sunlight Foundation's Apps for America competition.

Bonus video: Reason.tv's pre-election interview with Sunlight Foundation board member, Obama advisor, and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark on Ayn Rand, "nerd values," and open-source politics: