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Weekly News Digest

March 19, 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’s New Political Transparency Tool—Topic Pages

MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money's influence on politics, announced the launch of its newest transparency tool, Topic Pages, during Sunshine Week, March 11-17, 2012. The new tool allows journalists and citizens to search for and track bills by issue area in the U.S. Congress and in the California and Wisconsin State Legislatures. 

The tool combines all of MapLight’s research data related to a specific topic area, giving journalists and citizens a snapshot view of the latest legislative and campaign finance data relating to a given topic, for example, Technology and Communications or Environmental Protection.

MapLight’s Topic Pages highlights include the following:

  • MapLight’s latest research findings by issue area
  • Industry groups supporting or opposing issue specific legislation
  • Legislators who receive campaign contributions from interests associated with the issue area
  • Industry-specific bills with campaign contributions given by supporting and opposing interests

A widget of the Topic page can be embedded on a blog or website and the most recent activity surrounding the issue area will update automatically. You can also opt to receive this information via RSS feed.

MapLight, a political money tracker, allows users to gain unique insights into how campaign contributions affect policy so they can draw their own conclusions about how money influences our political system.

Source: MapLight

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