It's MapLight's Seventh Anniversary! Thank you!
It's Our 7th Year Anniversary!
Who Owns Your State's Members of Congress?
Feb. 7, 2012 - In collaboration with Tableau Public, MapLight has presented data in a visualization showing which companies and organizations have contributed the most to the the sitting members of Congress from each state.
MapLight Launches New Company Pages
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.
Daniel Newman: The Myths and Realities of Corruption: Citizens United, Two Years Later
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"
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.
Lawrence Lessig on the Daily Show: A Proposal to Fix our Money-Dominated Electoral System
MapLight Board Member Lawrence Lessig discusses first steps America can take to address its problem of money in politics, giving a great mention to the "super, super cool technology" that MapLight is using to shine a light on this issue.
MapLight's Daniel Newman Takes Money and Politics to the Global Stage in Al Jazeera Interview
On October 17, MapLight's executive director, Daniel Newman, was interviewed on Al Jazeera, speaking about how wealthy special interests, SuperPACs, and an economy of influence are corrupting American democracy. You can watch the full video of the interview here.
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