WEBCAST: Who’s bought your lawmaker?
October 19, 2006
• How much does it take to get the vote?
• Unique site matches money with votes
Follow the money. If you can figure out who paid what to whom and when, you can gain some insight into how the legislative process works.
Now a unique site offers that information at the click of a mouse button.
Called “MAPLight.org,” the database lays bare the connection between money and votes in California politics. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.
"Information that used to take days to dig up and connect is now available at the click of a mouse," says Dan Newman, executive director of MAPLight.org, a Berkeley-based nonpartisan nonprofit.
((Listen to Mr. Newman’s thoughts in a CVBT interview by clicking on the link below.))
The site combines information from the Official California Legislative Information website, which contains the official text of each bill and how each legislator voted, and the Institute on Money in State Politics, a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to accurate, comprehensive and unbiased documentation and research on campaign finance.