PRESS RELEASE: Share Your Cognitive Surplus on MAPLight.org's Newly Launched 'Comments Section'

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Should Congress Pass H.R. 275, the Global Online Freedom Act?

BERKELEY, CA, October 16, 2008 - MAPLight.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that illuminates the connection between money and politics, is proud to announce the launch of its new Comments Section. This online collaborative tool allows journalists, citizens, and non-profit groups to exchange information and ideas, and engage in meaningful debate.

“It is a privilege to provide a tool that promotes participatory democracy and broadens the discussion about attitudes and trends that shape U.S. policy,” said Daniel Newman, MAPLight.org’s executive director. “With multiple viewpoints our community can be better informed to make decisions about its elected officials.”

MAPLight.org’s 'Comments Section' works like a blog. You can read others' opinions and post your own. Each bill and legislator has a unique RSS feed so you can stay up-to-date on the latest comments with your RSS reader. What's different about MAPLight.org's Comments Section is that it is integrated into an existing architecture of government transparency tools including: Supporters and Opponents (shows which interest groups support or oppose a bill), Industry Campaign Contributions, History and Status, In the News, and more. MAPLight.org’s website provides journalists, citizens, and non-profit groups with a comprehensive look at all bills and legislators in Congress.

The brief tour below profiles MAPLight.org's Government Transparency Tools integrated with the new 'Comments Section,' giving you a comprehensive look at H.R. 275, the Global Online Freedom Act.

1.) Gain insights about the bill by perusing the 'Comments Section.'

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Comments
2.)  Find out what journalists are saying about the bill by clicking on ‘In the News.'

InTheNews

3.)  Find out which interest groups support and oppose the bill by clicking on ‘Supporters and Opponents.'

Support_Opposition

4.)  Drill down into a specific industry, in this case 'Computer Software,' to determine the amount of campaign contributions given to each Senator.

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5.)  See the latest Congressional action relating to the bill by viewing ‘History and Status.'

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6.)  Identify interest groups seeking to use campaign contributions to gain access and influence the bill while it's in Committee.

Committees

Share your cognitive surplus and join the discussion about the Global Online Freedom Act by clicking here: H.R. 275

About MAPLight.org:

MAPLight.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Berkeley, California. Its search engine at MAPLight.org illuminates the connection between Money And Politics (MAP) via a database of campaign contributions and legislative outcomes. Data sources include: GovTrack.us; Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org); Federal Election Commission (FEC); and National Institute on Money in State Politics (NIMSP). Support and opposition data is obtained through testimony at public hearings, proprietary news databases and public statements on the websites of trade associations and other groups. To learn more visit MAPLight.org. If our work has been helpful to you, please consider supporting us.

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