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Mashup Web Site Tracks Money Trail of Politicians

By Renee Boucher Ferguson  |  Posted 2008-03-25 Print this article Print

MAPLight.org is developing a mashup that shows a correlation between political campaign contributions and the way lawmakers vote.

During the Watergate scandal that eventually toppled President Richard Nixon, confidential source "Deep Throat" advised two enterprising Washington Post reporters to "follow the money" to uncover the scandal's ringleaders.

Now MAPLight.org, a small, not-for-profit company, is developing a database and application mashup that will allow the public to follow another money trail—the connection between campaign contributions and the way lawmakers vote.

The mashup brings together two usually disparate sources of information—donor money and vote data—in an interactive map.

Read the full article at eWEEK. 


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