Updates on MapLight's work and accomplishments.
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
July 22, 2011
Elizabeth Warren or Wall Street: Obama's $26 Million Decision The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the self-proclaimed “cop on the beat” dedicated to policing unfair, deceptive, and abusive financial services – fell victim to the consequences of the relentless fundraising demanded by our money-dominated political system.
April 30, 2011