Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Illuminating the Connection Between Money and Politics

MapLight.org connects together campaign contributions and votes on specific legislation transparent in an effort to help American citizens hold their legislators accountable. The idea is to demonstrate the direct connection between the money elected officials receive and how they vote. Elected officials collect large sums of money to run their campaigns, and they often pay back campaign contributors with special access and favorable laws.

This common practice is contrary to the public interest, yet it is legal. MapLight.org illuminates the tightly woven corruption, that makes up the political fabric of our society normally invisible to the naked eye.

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