PRESS RELEASE: MAPLight.org: New Web Site Reveals Money and Politics Links in New Ways

Note: The MAPLight.org California website, featuring data on California legislators, launched May 4, 2010 and is at  http://maplight.org/content/new-maplightorg-california-website-tracks-189m-given-california-lawmakers

BERKELEY, CA,  March 16, 2010 – MAPLight.org, the award-winning nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization dedicated to illuminating the connection between money and politics, has launched a new website which shines the light of transparency and accountability in powerful ways as never before.

The new site is being launched during Sunshine Week, a nonpartisan, national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

MAPLight.org users will find on the new site robust tools to

  • illuminate how money aligns with votes
  • reveal data on individual legislators and how much money they have received from industry and organizations
  • expose specific contributions to persons, by parties, by committee, and within date ranges

and important and vital features including

  • a new U.S. Congress research blog
  • a powerful search engine

You can see a list of what’s new on our website, examples of MAPLight.org’s findings about money and votes on our ‘Spotlight on Congress’ blog, and use of our data in the news.

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A four-minute video tour of the new site answers questions and presents important features.

MAPLight.org combines data from the Center for Responsive Politics, GovTrack.us, National Institute on Money in State Politics, Los Angeles City Ethics Commission and other sources to better inform Americans and local and national media about the role of special-interest money in our political system.

“Users will find significantly faster, easier access to the kinds of critical information and data they need to shine a light on money and votes in U.S. elections,” said Daniel Newman, MAPLight.org executive director.

MAPLight.org invites you to connect with us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date on the money and politics issues that affect you. You can also bookmark or subscribe to our blog’s RSS feed here: /rss.xml

About MAPLight.org:

MAPLight.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Berkeley, California. Our mission is to illuminate the connection between Money and Politics (MAP) using our groundbreaking database of campaign contributions and legislative votes.

Hundreds of newspapers, TV stations, radio shows and online news sites have cited MAPLight.org's research, including CNN, the public radio show Marketplace, Harper's magazine, The Washington Post, Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal.

MAPLight.org has received numerous awards including a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, a James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and a Webby nomination for best Politics website. To learn more, visit: MAPLight.org. If our work has been helpful to you, please consider supporting us.

Editors note: Please call for interviews with Daniel Newman; site images/photos available.


 

 

Media Contact

Pamela Behrsin
Communications
Office: (510) 868-0894
pamela@maplight.org