A Conversation with Ellen Miller

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Ellen Miller

Sunlight Foundation

Ellen S. Miller is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based, non-partisan non-profit dedicated to using the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency. She is the founder of two prominent Washington-based organizations in the field of money and politics – the Center for Responsive Politics and Public Campaign – and a nationally recognized expert on government transparency, campaign finance and ethics issues. Ms. Miller is a well-recognized public speaker, commentator, and writer on the issues of money, politics, and power. Her experience as a Washington advocate for more than 35 years spans the worlds of public interest advocacy, grass roots activism and journalism. In addition to her more than two decades of work on the issue of money in politics, Ms. Miller served as Deputy Director of Campaign for America’s Future, where she directed its Project for an Accountable Congress, the publisher of TomPaine.com and a senior fellow at The American Prospect. She spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill. She blogs regularly at the Sunlight Foundation site and has written frequently for TomPaine.com, The Hill, The American Prospect, and The Nation. She was named by WIRED Magazine in the 2008 Smart List as one of the “15 People the Next President Should Listen To”, and appeared in Fast Company’s February 2009 “Most Influential Women in Technology.”

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Bill Jacobson
04/08/2009 10:46pm PDT

Transparency in access to public information is critical to energy independence, endangered species restoration and cultural restoration. Ellen’s nature to speak beyond the polarity of politics, and rather, to address how citizens can work together in creating open government process at the local, state and federal level, was very inspiring.

Tina Tran
04/06/2009 4:01am PDT

This was a powerful keynote that showed how Web 2.0 can be applied towards improving transparency and accountabilty in government.

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Mark Scrimshire
04/05/2009 3:58pm PDT

The work that Sunlight is doing around Washington is incredibly important. This was a great discussion and obviously an area that Tim is passionate about too.

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