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December 29, 2014

Sunlight Foundation Targets Congressional Shooting Events

To celebrate the five-year anniversary of its soiree-tracking “Political Party Time” project, the Sunlight Foundation threw a shindig of its own — a lighthearted affair with one killer amenity.

Sunlight Foundation Targets Congressional Shooting Events

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Your eyes do not deceive you. That is, in fact, a fully functional, blaze orange-barreled zapper tethered to a vintage Nintendo Entertainment System console.

Sunlight Foundation Media Director Liz Bartolomeo told HOH the group struck on having a “Duck Hunt” station at the anniversary party after combing through its ever-growing database of fundraising invitations and figuring out that lawmakers love to unload on assorted fowl (pheasants, pigeons, turkeys, quail) every chance they get.

Sunlight Foundation Targets Congressional Shooting Events

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Their rogues’ gallery of trigger-happy solons included: Reps. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn. (two events), Rob Wittman, R-Va., and Bill Owens, D-N.Y., as well as former lawmakers Debbie Halvorson, D-Ill., Frank Kratovil, D-Md., Heath Shuler, D-N.C., Jason Altmire, D-Pa., and Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan.

All that video sharpshooting, naturally, tends to work up a mighty hunger.

Sunlight Foundation Targets Congressional Shooting Events

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Luckily, Sunlight thought ahead and set out lobbying standard-specific snacks.

Whether members appreciate having their sporting activities mocked is debatable.

But congressional types should take comfort in the fact that Sunlight staff — the majority of which, Bartolomeo explained, are under 40, may be (at least temporarily) — so distracted by the 8-bit distraction, they might not have time to catch EVERYTHING pols get into around Capitol Hill.

“I’m sure it’ll stick around awhile,” Bartolomeo said of the ’80s time waster.

Should the mood strike, Sunlight gamers can also blow off some steam by conquering the original Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3 or Tecmo Bowl.

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