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"A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency. As Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, 'sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.'" ~President Obama, Freedom of Information Act memorandum.

Introduced today by Senator Jon Tester the Public Online Information Act is a piece of legislation driven by the Sunlight Foundation whose detailed agenda advocates for, "Public oversight, civic participation and electoral engagement--the stuff of democratic accountability--all depend on a transparent, open government."  In March, Representative Steve Israel introduced companion legislation (H.R. 4858) into the House of Representatives.