Crowdsourcing Super Bowl Perks

Friday, January 29, 2010

Every year, the NFL sets aside a large number of tickets for public officials and corporations to buy at face value. And those tickets can be used to give congressmen perks. But it's not clear yet who's getting what. That's where you come in. Amanda Michel of Pro Publica discusses the "Super Bowl Blitz" project and asks for your help.

Find all the information you need to take part here. We'll start making calls at the beginning of the show then check back in towards the end and see how much progress we've made!


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Comments [4]

Bob from Pelham

Ms. Michel's better title would be "the Tom Sawyer Editor of Distributive Reporting", as she gets the audience to paint the fence for her -- not that there's anything wrong with that!

Jan. 29 2010 12:03 PM
fluke fisherman from NY

Other Federal Agency misManagers get Superbowl perks as well. A large number of law enforcement agencies under the guise of "security" go to the Superbowl on government perdiem. Of course "security" at the Superbowl is a priority whereas other mass gatherings of less interest to beer guzzling public information officers at federal agencies (whose salaries can easily top 150K per yr) are ignored.

Jan. 29 2010 10:46 AM
Merrill Clark from NY, NY

I reviewed the list. I see one yes, many nos and even more blanks. Great project.

Jan. 29 2010 10:22 AM
AQ from Mnahattan

The inquiry should include congressional chiefs of staff and other member's of the representative's office and staff. A lot of times the perks are actually given to important members of the staff who in turn team up with the congressman in giving the corps priority and preferential treatment. The congressperson and the staff work as a team. Keeps everyone happy.

Jan. 29 2010 10:17 AM

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