For immediate release: June 27, 2014
Diverse coalition reveals lawmakers who aced, failed, and were missing in the debate over mass spying
A coalition of 21 organizations from across the political spectrum today launched StandAgainstSpying.org, an interactive website that grades members of Congress on what they have done — or, often, not done — to rein in the NSA.
Stand Against SpyingLed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Sunlight Foundation, and Greenpeace, the coalition aims to inspire constituents to hold their elected officials accountable on mass surveillance reform, as well as give lawmakers the opportunity to improve their positions. Using a report card-style format, the grading criteria included whether the legislator was a sponsor of the USA FREEDOM Act or, in the case of the House of Representatives, voted for the “Amash Amendment” to defund NSA mass surveillance. Legislators had multiple avenues for receiving high marks. Continue reading