MAPLight.org, a groundbreaking public database, with offices located in Berkeley, California, illuminates the connection between campaign donations and legislative votes in unprecedented ways. Elected United States officials collect large sums of money to run their campaigns, and they often pay back campaign contributors with special access and favorable laws.
Last week, during Sunshine Week, the group launched an all-new version of its website shining a light on money and influence in Congress. The new site here includes new tools to analyze (filter) legislator money/votes by:
- Political party
- Committee membership
- How they voted
- Voted with or against their donors
- Any ad-hoc/custom group of legislators
- Created new internal data model to track any vote, not just “on-passage” final votes on bills—including amendment votes and voice votes.
- Created information design and user interface to support working with this new data model.
- Revised scripts to import Congressional legislative data from GovTrack.us.
- Bill texts and legislative voting records
- Supporting and opposing interests for each bill
- Campaign contribution data from the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in State Politics
MAPLight.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is nonpartisan. Contributions to MAPLight.org are tax-deductible as provided by law.
Click here to see a video tour.
Below is a brief newsclip about MAPLight.org’s project for my video of the week.