Political-Influence Tracker Lets You Visually Track Congresspersons’ Sponsors

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BERKELEY, Calif. –Wired.com has joined forces with MAPLight.org, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that provides citizens and journalists the transparency tools to shine a light on the influence of money on politics, to create an Influence Tracker widget for members of Congress.

“Like NASCAR drivers, members of Congress should wear the logos of their sponsors. Citizens deserve to know who’s funding their representative’s election campaign,” said Daniel Newman, MAPLight.org’s executive director. “Campaigns are now fueled by donors, not voters. We’re glad to work with Wired to show, graphically, who is funding the people that write our laws.”

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The newly-launched Wired/MAPLight.org Influence Tracker allows citizens to build their own personal widget for their senator or representative. Corporate logos of lawmakers’ top contributors are displayed virtually on members of Congress’s business suits in a NASCAR-style sponsor silhouette. Influence Tracker widgets can easily be added to media sites and blogs. For more information, visit http://maplight.org/wired-influence-tracker .


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