Our Impact

Since our founding in 2005, MapLight has reached hundreds of millions of people with data revealing how money distorts our democracy. Our data and research have appeared in over 12,000 stories in media outlets including ABC News, Bloomberg, the Chicago Tribune, CNN, Fox Business News, Huffington Post, The Intercept, International Business Times, Newsweek, Politico, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and hundreds of other national, state, and local outlets. Our findings are also used extensively by advocacy groups and citizens to galvanize civic action, on issues ranging from economic inequality to affordable housing, food insecurity, and environmental protections, among others.

Voter’s Edge, our nonpartisan voting guide, served nearly two million people in the 2016 elections, including over 100,000 users of Voter’s Edge in Spanish. Surveys of Voter’s Edge users indicated that they were significantly more likely to vote in down ballot races, vote differently because of the information they found, and feel more confident about their choices. To learn more about the impact of Voter’s Edge, read our assessments of the 2014 and 2016 elections.

MapLight has brought unprecedented transparency to government data in California. We sued the state in 2009 to win public access to the state database of how lawmakers vote and successfully campaigned in 2013 to win daily downloads of campaign finance data from the California Secretary of State’s office—information that had previously only been available through CD-ROMs in the mail. Since embarking on a partnership with the Secretary of State in 2014, we have been able to bring even greater access and usability to state campaign finance data, helping journalists, advocacy groups, and citizens easily pinpoint influence facts with Power Search.

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