Aug. 28, 2013—MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that tracks money's influence on politics, announces the launch of a search tool that allows journalists and citizens to easily search the California Secretary of State's newly released bulk data to find campaign contributions to candidate and ballot committees dating back to 2001. More functionalities will be added in the coming weeks.
“With the influence of campaign money far too pervasive in our government, we commend Secretary Bowen for working with the public to make it easier to see the forces influencing California’s lawmakers,” said Daniel G. Newman, co-founder and president of MapLight. “May the Secretary of State’s action today serve as a model to all states and cities to release public data to support a more transparent, responsive democracy."
MapLight Power Search Tool for California
A link to this release can be found here.