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.
NM Gov. backs reform after MapLight/IBT investigation
Amid public outcry generated by a MapLight/International Business Times investigation, Governor Susana Martinez announced that she will now support removing elected officials from the New Mexico State Investment Council after previously vetoing legislation to do so.
MapLight Reveals Dark Money Influence on the Supreme Court Nomination Process
The Gorsuch nomination reveals that the Trump administration is taking advantage of a loophole in U.S. campaign finance law that allows elected officials to coordinate their agendas with nonprofit organizations that aren’t required to disclose their donors to the public.
MapLight reveals corporate influence on FCC’s net neutrality decision
With the debate over net neutrality in full swing, MapLight investigated and found that three of the nation’s largest internet service providers and the cable television industry’s primary trade association have spent more than a half-billion dollars lobbying the FCC and other government agencies in the past decade.
MapLight investigates money behind Senate health care bill
Last month, a group of senators drafted a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This bill, now known as the American Health Care Act, would have caused as many as 14 million Americans to lose their health insurance coverage next year. MapLight followed the money and found that the senators crafting the bill collected campaign contributions from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries.
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.
MapLight reveals funding behind repeal of Dodd-Frank reforms
Earlier this year, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling introduced the Financial CHOICE Act, a bill that would gut significant parts of the landmark Wall Street reform law passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. If passed, the measure would strip the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of many of its powers, requiring it … Continue reading "MapLight reveals funding behind repeal of Dodd-Frank reforms"
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.”