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Established March 2005
President and Co-Founder Daniel Newman
Location Berkeley, CA

MapLight is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization that reveals and tracks the influence of money in politics in the United States.[1] The organization publishes a free public database linking money and politics data sources, including campaign contributions to politicians, how politicians vote on bills, and support and opposition to legislation. MapLight provides data on both campaign finance and voting behavior in one database.

MapLight uses an in-house research team in addition to data sources that include the National Institute on Money in State Politics, the Center for Responsive Politics, and Govtrack.

Policy positions[edit]

MapLight advocates for public funding of elections and increased campaign finance regulations. MapLight expressed disagreement with the Supreme Court rulings Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.[2][3]


MapLight's donors include the Sunlight Foundation, Open Society Foundations, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Tides Foundation and the heir to the texas billionaire ranching fortune Christopher Sullivan Richardson.[4] In June 2014, Politico reported that MapLight was a recipient of funding through the Democracy Alliance, a network of liberal donors who coordinate their anonymous political giving.[5][6] According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in 2010 George Soros underwrote a joint project between MapLight and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism to highlight the influence of money in Wisconsin politics.[7]


  1. ^ Phelan, Sarah (2011-04-26). "Follow the pension reform money to Wisconsin". San Francisco Bay Guardian. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "MapLight's statement on the McCutcheon v. FEC decision: Supreme Court decision "Puts American Democracy in Peril," Rules in Favor of More Money in Politics". MapLight. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Costa, Jay. "Daniel Newman: The Myths and Realities of Corruption: Citizens United, Two Years Later". MapLight. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Foundation and Individual Funders". MapLight. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Vogel, Kenneth (2014-06-23). "Inside the vast liberal conspiracy". Politico. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Spring 2014 Democracy Alliance Investment Recommendations". Democracy Alliance. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Bice, Daniel (2011-08-14). "Liberal billionaire helping fund media groups in Wisconsin". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 

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