PRESS RELEASE: Wired.com, MAPLight.org Launch Political-Influence Tracker Widget for Congress
Wired.com, MAPLight.org Launch Political-Influence Tracker Widget for Congress
Citizens Can Track Their Congresspersons' Sponsors with NASCAR-Style Logos Emblazoned Virtually to Their Business Suits
BERKELEY, CA, October 27, 2010--Wired.com has joined forces with MAPLight.org, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that provides citizens and journalists the transparency tools to shine a light on the influence of money on politics, to create an Influence Tracker widget for members of Congress.
“Like NASCAR drivers, members of Congress should wear the logos of their sponsors. Citizens deserve to know who's funding their representative's election campaign," said Daniel Newman, MAPLight.org’s executive director. "Campaigns are now fueled by donors, not voters. We’re glad to work with Wired to show, graphically, who is funding the people that write our laws."
The newly-launched Wired/MAPLight.org Influence Tracker allows citizens to build their own personal widget for their senator or representative. Corporate logos of lawmakers' top contributors are displayed virtually on members of Congress's business suits in a NASCAR-style sponsor silhouette. Influence Tracker widgets can easily be added to media sites and blogs. For more information click here.
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MAPLight.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Berkeley, California. Its mission is to illuminate the connection between Money and Politics (MAP) using its groundbreaking database of campaign contributions and legislative votes. MAPLight.org combines data from the Federal Election Commission, the Center for Responsive Politics, GovTrack.us, the National Institute on Money in State Politics (NIMSP), the 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.
MAPLight.org has received numerous awards including a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, a James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California Chapter, and a Webby nomination for best Politics website. To learn more, please visit: MAPLight.org.