News: Inside MapLight

A Victory for Democracy: CA DISCLOSE Act Signed by Gov. Brown
In a major victory for transparency, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California DISCLOSE Act this weekend. The new law requires ballot measure ads and independent expenditure ads for or against candidates to clearly and prominently disclose the identity of their top three funders.
A Powerful New Tool to Search and Analyze Money in Politics
MapLight’s new Campaign Contribution Search allows users to easily search for campaign contributions to federal candidates.
MapLight’s Direction Forward
MapLight is proud to announce a new website and an expanded scope of work that includes promoting policies that reduce the influence of money in politics and give more power to people like you.
Voter’s Edge leads 74% of users to vote for more offices in 2016
Now that the dust has settled from the 2016 election, MapLight is pleased to share a detailed assessment of Voter’s Edge, our comprehensive, nonpartisan online guide to federal, state, and local elections in California, Illinois, and New York.
MapLight on the national stage: Spokesperson for controversial Trump nominee labels our data “fake news”
In February, MapLight garnered national attention when a spokesperson for Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s contentious nominee for Labor Secretary, dismissed MapLight’s data on his client’s campaign contributions as “fake news.”
Voter’s Edge empowers 2.1 million users in 2016 elections
This year, thanks to Voter’s Edge, 2.1 million people in California, Illinois, and New York were able to find the information they needed to cast more informed votes in the primary and general elections.
MapLight follows the money behind CA’s record-breaking ballot measure campaigns
This election season, MapLight was hot on the trail of the money fueling California’s ballot measure campaigns. It was a record-breaking election in California: with 17 statewide initiatives up for consideration, on issues ranging from the death penalty to school funding and beyond, spending on ballot measures topped $446 million.
Tool built with CA Secretary of State cuts through ballot measure campaign noise
This fall, MapLight continued our collaboration with the California Secretary of State to launch the Quick Guide to Propositions, a user-friendly tool to help voters follow the money behind each of the 17 measures on the 2016 ballot.
New website from MapLight makes it easier to investigate dark money
In May, MapLight launched Dark Money Watch, an online hub for information about election spending by groups that don’t disclose their donors. The site explains how dark money works, profiles the key players involved with it, and includes a comprehensive guide to sources of data for investigating dark money.
Introducing Dark Money Watch, a Project of MapLight
MapLight is combining the top online resources on secret political spending with our own reporting to provide a hub for information about "dark money," a growing force in our democracy. Dark Money Watch, features profiles of dark money groups, the latest news coverage related to dark money and a searchable database of research and tools for users to easily explore the sources and targets of dark money spending. We invite you to learn more by exploring the website and following Dark Money Watch on Facebook and Twitter.