Grant Amount: $50,000, on 6/7/2012
MapLight combines timely, in-depth information about lawmakers, votes, and interest groups to reveal money�s influence on politics. Our research helps activate a narrative of money-driven corruption across various issue areas that can be leveraged to advance reform in the public interest. This year we will: 1) Uncover connections between campaign contributions and legislative votes and publish stories illustrating the impact of this influence on the issues affecting citizens’ everyday lives. 2) Provide free, custom money and politics research for social change agents to help them build compelling narratives that spur progressive and democratic change. We will reach 60 million people over the next year with our data, building a public discourse supportive of reform and a more responsive democracy.