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October 8, 2012 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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MapLight Money and Politics Data Set Launches

MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics, announced the launch of the MapLight Money and Politics Data Set, an easy-to-access, downloadable database of MapLight-enhanced Federal Elections Commission (FEC) campaign finance data for free public use. The data set includes all federal contributions, independent expenditures (including super PACs), and candidate and committee totals and will update regularly with the most current data from the FEC.

Citizens, journalists, and programmers can now view, search, sort, filter, and visualize (with charts, line graphs, bar graphs, scatter plots, and timelines) federal campaign contributions using Google Fusion Tables. Data can also be merged with outside databases, and visualizations can be easily embedded into blogs, media sites, and more.

The MapLight Money and Politics Data Set can also be downloaded or accessed via API by citizens and journalists for free noncommercial use in websites, widgets, and apps. The data set includes continually updated information on all current candidates for the House, Senate, and U.S. President—including how much each has raised and spent—making it easy for election-related websites to integrate this newsworthy information.

Source: MapLight



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