New media enables greater political transparency

Sites like Maplight.org, Opensecrets.org and Follow the Money, along with wiki-based political reporting resources like Congresspedia, are increasingly giving ordinary citizens the ability to easily document the flow of special-interest money and how it influences the legislature. These new tools are providing an unprecedented level of transparency, exposing patterns of influence that otherwise would have remained invisible to ordinary citizens. “Prior to the web, you’d have to visit a secretary of state’s office and sort through paper records,” says MapLight.org executive director Dan Newman. “The level of access that’s now available to anyone at the click of a button is just tremendous.”

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