DATA RELEASE: MapLight's Newly Launched California Company Pages Profile Contributions from Organizations and the Bills They Seek to Influence
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MAPLIGHT'S NEWLY LAUNCHED CALIFORNIA COMPANY PAGES PROFILE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ORGANIZATIONS AND THE BILLS THEY SEEK TO INFLUENCE
January 17, 2012–BERKELEY, CA–MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money's influence on politics, announces the launch of its Company pages for the California Legislature. Also available are company pages for the Wisconsin Legislature and the U.S. Congress. The new Company pages profile top contributing companies and organizations, ranking them according to the total contributions they have made, documented bill positions they have taken, and bill positions they have "won." Company pages also show total contributions from related companies and industries, MapLight's latest related research findings, and the top legislative recipients of company contributions. Journalists and citizens can sign up to receive this information via RSS feed.
TOP TEN CONTRIBUTING ORGANIZATIONS
Below is a profile of the Service Employees International Union showing its ranking in relation to other organizations:
- #1 Contributing Company, having contributed over $1.4 million to members of the California Legislature
- #5 Most Interested Company, having supported 54 and opposed 6 bills in the California Legislature
- #4 Most Influential Company, winning votes on 47 bills on which it took a position
Methodology: MapLight California company pages include the top 100 companies (including companies, trade associations, unions, and their employees) contributing to candidate campaign committees of legislators serving in the California State Legislature since January 1, 2009. Bill positions based on research conducted by MapLight on bills introduced since the beginning of the 2009-2010 legislative session.
A link to this data release can be found here.
MapLight, a political money tracker, allows users to gain unique insights into how campaign contributions affect policy so they can draw their own conclusions about how money influences our political system.