[OpenSpending] Fwd: Upcoming training event: Foreign Influence Explorer

todd.d.robbins at gmail.com todd.d.robbins at gmail.com
Thu May 8 14:55:09 UTC 2014

A pertinent announcement from Sunlight Foundation:

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From: Amy Ngai, Sunlight Foundation <info at sunlightfoundation.com>
Date: Thu, May 8, 2014 at 8:41 AM
Subject: Upcoming training event: Foreign Influence Explorer
To: Tod Robbins <todd.d.robbins at gmail.com>

  Dear Sunlight Academy Scholar,

Yesterday we launched<http://organizing.sunlightfoundation.com/page/m/64f58a01/2889c1a2/33dd0989/68086360/723173238/VEsH/>our
latest tool, Foreign Influence Explorer, that allows you to track
lobbyists who represent foreign clients in Washington.

The Foreign Influence
detailed information on their activities reported to the
Department of Justice, under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. It’s
housed under Sunlight’s popular Influence
aggregates campaign finance, lobbying, contractor misconduct and
federal spending data into one tool.

*Join us for a training on Tuesday, May 13 at 1pm ET
for an introduction to Foreign Influence Explorer and learn more about the
tool and how it works. *The session will cover basic skills such as
searching for foreign agents, browsing clients, creating customized
downloads, accessing bulk data and finding individualized information on
contacts by foreign agents with government officials, organizations,
conferences and journalists. We will also explore ways to fact check the
data and provide tips and advance functionality for journalists and power
users on how to make the most of Foreign Influence Explorer.

Here at Sunlight, the tool has already enabled our reporting, check out
this story<http://organizing.sunlightfoundation.com/page/m/64f58a01/2889c1a2/33dd0989/6808636c/723173238/VEsD/>that
explores which foreign interests has spend the most lobbying the U.S.
 We hope you can join us on Tuesday, May 13 at 1pm for the

 Missed any of our trainings? Watch archived webinars at Sunlight

 Keep learning,
 Sunlight Headmaster, Amy, Lindsay and your training team

P.S. School supplies are expensive! Please consider a tax-deductible
contributionto support Sunlight


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