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Does money influence policy? Influence Tracker widget matches dollars to votes

Does money influence politicians’ votes on issues?  Now you can keep track of political contributions power in politics from your own website with a web-based embeddable widget that lists the top 10 donors and their contributions to any member of the House and Senate, their opponents, and the presidential candidates.

Influence Tracker is a updated project of  Wired.com  and Maplight, the Berkeley, California-based nonprofit dedicated to following money and politics.

“Corporate influence in politics has gone off the charts, and it’s more important than ever for voters to understand who is financing candidates,” said Evan Hansen, editor in chief of Wired.com. and President of FAC’s Board of Directors. “Maplight has done the hard work of compiling the data. At Wired, we’re happy to help get that information out to the wider public, and share it as broadly as possible with this web-based embeddable widget.”

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