LegiStorm Update -- Great Resource for Records on Congress

It has been almost two years since we commented on LegiStorm.  Since our last (brief) mention, the service has expanded its offerings and added a (modestly priced) professional access option.  Some of the more in demand documents offered on LegiStorm:

  • House and Senate salary data from October 2000-March 2011
  • Individual and sponsored group Congressional trips
  • Foreign gifts reported by Members of Congress
  • Personal Financial Disclosure Statements
  • Searchable file of Congressional office expenses
  • Member earmarks

While most of the data on the LegiStorm sight is free to search, manipulate and access, some (e.g., the searchable Congressional office expense dataset) is available only with a professional subscription.

The site's blog is also worth a look as are the many studies that site managers produce using their datasets.