Updates on MapLight's work and accomplishments.
February 08, 2012
January 25, 2012
January 12, 2012–MapLight announces the launch of its Company pages for U.S. Congress and the CA and WI Legislatures. 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 and MapLight's latest related research findings. Journalists and citizens can sign up to receive this information via RSS feed.
January 21, 2012
January 21, 2012 - With its disastrous Citizens United decision two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court unleashed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections. By the court's invented criteria, this unlimited spending does not corrupt American democracy so long as it's "independent" of candidates' own campaigns. The court also promoted transparency — disclosure of who funds our politicians — as a key ingredient in our democracy. Two years later, this independence and transparency are, in practice, merely myths.
Daniel Newman Discusses Super PACs and the Flood of Money in U.S. Politics on Al Jazeera's "Inside Story"
January 09, 2012
MapLight Executive Director Daniel Newman appeared on Al Jazeera's "Inside Story," discussing the effect that Super PACs and the flood of special interest money are having on America's electoral system. Daniel was joined by co-panelists Anne Kornblut of the Washington Post and JD Gordon, who served as the Vice President of Communications for the Herman Cain campaign. Watch the video here.
December 19, 2011
October 28, 2011