MAPLight’s awesome Money Near Votes tool

If you haven’t heard of before, here’s what they do (which is fantastic):, a groundbreaking public database, illuminates the connection between campaign donations and legislative votes in unprecedented ways. Elected officials collect large sums of money to run their campaigns, and they often pay back campaign contributors with special access and favorable laws.

They’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization.

MAPLight recently announced Money Near Votes, which shows you how campaign contributions closely mirror voting records:

…combines information on campaign finance and congressional votes. Journalists, citizen activists and bloggers can easily track campaign contributions from special-interest groups given within a month, a week, or a day of each vote in Congress.

It’s available for every bill they track. It’ll be interesting to follow HR 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act with Money Near Votes.

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