Tracking Congress with Data

Michael Palaschak, director of business development and customer relations at LegiStorm, showed reporters how to track the “revolving door” of staffers who leave the Hill and move into lobbying. Reporters can track congressional travel expenses, congressional tweets and news releases, congressional town hall meetings, and more. As an example, Palaschak said LegiStorm analyzed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ staff by gender after Hillary Clinton accused him of being sexist. Sanders’ staff from 2000-2015 turned out to be 55 percent male, 45 percent female, which Palaschak said tracks the congressional average.