The Sunlight Foundation wants you to “haunt” the Super Committee on Halloween

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Concerned by the undue influence that corporations, special interests, and lobbyists could wield over the Super Committee, the Sunlight Foundation has organized a citizens grassroots campaign to call for greater transparency and accountability in the committee’s work on the $1.5 trillion deficit reduction plan due in November.

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The “Haunt the House and Senate” campaign will begin at 9 a.m. (local time) on Halloween (Monday, Oct. 31st) with visits to the offices of the 12 Super Committee members around the country. To participate, please visit the Sunlight Foundation’s website at http://sunlightfoundation.com/hauntthehouse/.

The non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to transparent governance is asking the Super Committee to voluntarily adopt the following five measures:

  • Provide a live webcast of all official meetings and hearings
  • Make available the Committee’s report for 72 hours before a final committee vote
  • Disclose every meeting held with lobbyists and other powerful interests
  • Disclose all campaign contributions as they are received (on their campaign websites)
  • Provide financial disclosures of Committee members and staffers

Background:

The Super Committee – also known as the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction – is responsible for developing a bipartisan a plan to cut $1.5 trillion in federal spending. As part of the debt ceiling compromise, the Super Committee has until Nov. 23 to submit a deficit reduction plan for Congress to vote on. If the Super Committee’s plan fails to pass House and the Senate by Dec. 23, that will trigger $1.5 trillion in automatic cuts to be split 50/50 between defense and domestic budgets. There’s a lot of money at stake, and how the Super Committee – and ultimately Congress – decides to proceed will have significant ramifications on the country’s future.

Since September, the Super Committee has held four public hearings, including the first one that focused exclusively on the committee’s procedural rules. However, the committee’s official meetings and interactions with special interest groups and lobbyists are not disclosed. Furthermore, campaign contributions to members of the Super Committee from the fourth quarter will not be made public by the Federal Election Commission until January 2012 – months after the Super Committee completes its work. Without greater transparency, there is no way of knowing whether the voices of ordinary Americans are being drowned out by those with deeper pockets.

Members of the Super Committee: 

Note: Click on the name to visit the member’s website.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Co-Chair

Dallas Office:
6510 Abrams Road, Suite 243
Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: 214-349-9996
Fax: 214-349-0738

Athens Office:
810 East Corsicana Street, Suite C
Athens, TX 75751
Phone: 903-675-8288
Fax: 903-675-8351

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Co-Chair

Seattle Office:
2988 Jackson Federal Building
915 2nd Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98174
Phone: 206-553-5545
Toll Free: 866-481-9186
Fax: 206-553-0891

Spokane Office:
10 North Post Street, Suite 600
Spokane, Washington 99201
Phone: 509-624-9515
Fax: 509-624-9561

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

Phoenix Office:
2200 East Camelback, Suite 120
Phoenix, Arizona 85016-3455
Phone: 602-840-1891
Fax: 602-957-6838

Tucson Office:
6840 North Oracle Road, Suite 150
Tucson, Arizona 85704
Phone: 520-575-8633
Fax: 520-797-3232

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)

Cincinnati Office:
36 East 7th Street
Room 2615
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-684-3265

Cleveland Office:
1240 East 9th Street
Room 3061
Cleveland, OH 44199
Phone: 216-522-7095

Columbus Office:
37 West Broad Street
Room 300
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-469-6774
Toll-Free: 1-800-205-6446 (OHIO)

Toledo Office:
420 Madison Avenue
Room 1210
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: 419-259-3895

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA)

Harrisburg Office:
United States Federal Building
228 Walnut St.
Suite 1104
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: 717-782-3951
Fax: 717-782-4920

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)

Midland Office:
135 Ashman Street
Midland, Michigan 48640
Phone: 989-631-2552
Fax: 989-631-6271
Toll Free: 1-800-342-2455

Traverse City Office:
121 East Front Street, Suite 202
Traverse City, Michigan 49684
Phone: 231-929-4711
Fax: 231-929-4776

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)

St. Joseph/Benton Harbor District Office:
800 Centre, Suite 106, 800 Ship Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
Phone: 269-982-1986
Fax: 269-982-0237

Kalamazoo District Office
157 South Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 180
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone: 269-385-0039
Fax: 269-385-2888

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)

Boston Office:
One Bowdoin Square
Tenth Floor
Boston, MA 02114
617-565-8519

Fall River Office:
222 Milliken Place
Suite 312
Fall River, MA 02721
508-677-0522

Springfield Office:
Springfield Federal Building
1550 Main Street
4th Floor
Springfield, MA 01103-1427
413-785-4610

 

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)

Billings Office:
222 N 32nd St Ste 100
Billings, MT 59101
406-657-6790

Bozeman Office:
220 W Lamme Ste 1D
Bozeman, MT 59715
406-586-6104

Butte Office:
245 E Park St LL E
Butte, MT 59701
406-782-8700

Glendive Office:
122 W Towne St
Glendive, MT 59330
406-365-7002

Great Falls Office:
113 3rd St N
Great Falls, MT 59401
406-761-1574

Helena Office:
30 W 14th St Ste 206
Helena, MT 59601
406-449-5480

Kalispell Office:
8 3rd St E
Kalispell, MT 59901
406-756-1150

Missoula
280 E Front St Ste 100
Missoula, MT 59802
406-329-3123

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

Rockville Office:
51 Monroe Street, Suite 507
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-424-3501
Fax: 301-424-5992

Hyattsville Office:
6475 New Hampshire Ave.
Suite C-201
Hyattsville, MD 20783
Phone: 301-891-6982
Fax: 301-891-6985

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC)

Columbia Office:
1225 Lady Street, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-799-1100
Fax: 803-799-9060

Florence Office:
Business & Technology Center 181 East Evans St., 314
Florence, SC 29506
Phone: 843-662-1212
Fax: 843-662-8474

Santee Office:
176 Brooks Blvd.
Santee, SC 29142
Phone: 803-854-4700
Fax: 803-854-4900

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA)
Los Angeles Office:
1910 W Sunset Boulevard
Suite 810
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: 213-483-1425
Fax: 213-483-1429


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