Inside MapLight

News about the organization.

Sacramento Bee Editorial: Public, butt out

March 16, 2008 - "Things in California aren't that bad – or are they? In 2006, TakeBackCA.org (a political watchdog group in Berkeley that is now known as MAPLight) asked the Legislature for a database of its votes...The Office of Legislative Counsel responded with a masterpiece of legalese, but it boiled down to this: The law doesn't prohibit us from giving you the database, but it doesn't require us to, either. So you're out of luck."

A New, Interactive Resource From MAPLight.org!

January 17, 2008 - Sometimes you need to know the context of legislation to understand what a bill is really about. Now MAPLight.org provides this context with the launch of our new, interactive Links tab.

The Links tab provides links to newspaper articles, research reports, blog postings, and other information about each bill.

New York Times, Nation Profile MAPLight.org

June 12, 2007 - New York Times columnist David Pogue wrote a great profile of MAPLight.org on May 24, Following the Money Trail Online. Pogue writes, "nobody has ever revealed the relationship between money given and votes cast to quite such a startling effect."

Writing for The Nation on June 11, writer Joan Hamilton compared me to Ralph Nader--and Harry Potter!

MAPLight.org Wins First Prize at NetSquared Innovation Awards!

May 30, 2007 - At the NetSquared Innovation Awards today in San Jose, California, MAPLight.org competed with 20 other finalists, chosen from among 152 innovative nonprofit projects. All projects were considered on social impact, sustainability, and technical innovation in a series of multiple presentations and evaluations. From all these innovative projects, addressing issues across all topics, both national and international, MAPLight.org won FIRST PRIZE--and $25,000.

Groundbreaking Database Unveils New Connections Between Money and Politics in California

October 17, 2006 – Today MAPLight.org unveiled a pioneering database that lays bare the connection between money and votes in California politics.