News: Inside MapLight

MapLight Tracks the Unreported Business Lobbying in Washington, D.C.
In addition to what’s publicly disclosed, there’s a large set of corporate influence tactics that go unreported. Lately, we’ve been working to bring that spending out of the shadows.
Six Steps to Building a Strong Remote Team
After experimentation, research, and feedback from employees, MapLight has implemented a number of practices to support a culture that works for both our remote and our in-office staff.
Senators Must Now File Campaign Reports Online — a Victory for Democracy
After a multi-year effort from more than 20 advocacy organizations, including MapLight, the Senate will finally join the modern world and file reports online.  
Introducing Paul Perry, MapLight’s newest board member
On behalf of the entire MapLight team, I am excited to introduce you to our newest board member: Paul Perry. From the moment I met Paul, I was impressed by his drive to improve his community, our country, and our democracy. I’m looking forward to tapping into the wealth of knowledge and insight Paul has … Continue reading "Introducing Paul Perry, MapLight’s newest board member"
Tracking MapLight’s Coverage of Scott Pruitt’s Time as EPA Chief
Scott Pruitt’s resignation as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency this month comes after extensive reporting from news organizations about myriad ethical scandals that led to multiple investigations and public outrage. Throughout Pruitt’s short tenure at the EPA, MapLight followed his support for the energy industry, cozy ties to campaign donors, and questionable reimbursement … Continue reading "Tracking MapLight’s Coverage of Scott Pruitt’s Time as EPA Chief"
Former FEC Chair Ann Ravel joins MapLight to take on deceptive digital politics
MapLight is excited to welcome former Federal Election Commission Chair Ann Ravel to our staff as Senior Fellow to tackle the threat that deceptive digital politics presents to a transparent, equitable, and accountable democracy.
Voter’s Edge California Renews Key Partnerships for 2018 Election Guide
Voter’s Edge California, the most comprehensive source of online voting information in the state, announced its continued partnership with two public media stations, KPBS and KPCC, and other community organizations to provide voters with unbiased, in-depth information on candidates and ballot measures down to the local level.
MapLight battles the Koch brothers over transparency
In January, MapLight filed a complaint with the IRS after Americans for Prosperity, the flagship dark money organization of billionaire libertarian brothers Charles and David Koch, refused to disclose information about the size of individual contributions that allowed them to amass nearly $64 million in 2016 alone. Americans for Prosperity (AFP) rejected MapLight’s request to … Continue reading "MapLight battles the Koch brothers over transparency"
How the NRA blocks progress on gun violence
Last week, as our country faced yet another mass shooting—this time at a high school in Parkland, Florida—our President, Daniel G. Newman, spoke with Jane McMillan of KCBS radio about the political power that special interest groups like the NRA wield over elected officials and the legislative process. In the interview, Jane and Dan discuss … Continue reading "How the NRA blocks progress on gun violence"
MapLight helps local democracy reform campaigns across the country
Since June 2017, MapLight has worked with state and local democracy reform campaigns across the country, providing data analysis, policy and messaging guidance, and public education to help reclaim political systems for the people.