MapLight is a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics.
We research and compile data about the sources of campaign contributions in U.S. presidential, congressional, state, and local ballot and candidate elections. We provide journalists and citizens with transparency tools that connect data on campaign contributions, politicians, legislative votes, industries, companies, and more to show patterns of influence never before possible to see. These tools allow 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.
MapLight was founded in 2005 by Thomas Layton, Jaleh Bisharat, and Daniel G. Newman. Daniel, MapLight's President, was recognized as one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2010 for his work at MapLight.
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MapLight seeks to shine a light on our money-dominated political system so citizens can be more informed about the potential financial influences that affect their representatives’ votes.
Why? We believe that democracy works best when it is the public’s interests that are at the forefront of their representatives’ minds when voting on policies – not the interests of a select few whose resources may eclipse the interests of many.
Before MapLight, uncovering influence connections could require days or weeks of research for a single bill. Our model brings significant advances to money and politics communications, allowing us to provide the latest findings about money’s impact on important issues to citizens across the country—more quickly, comprehensively, and efficiently than was ever before possible:
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MapLight is a member of the Investigative News Network.
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