Poligraft: See the Corruption Behind the News

Corruption, Power Behind-the-Scenes/Special Interests
GOOD magazine article about Poligraft.com

(From GOOD magazine)

Poligraft: See the Corruption Behind the News

Andrew Price on August 10, 2010

We all know politicians take money from companies and other interest groups, but it’s sometimes hard to connect those contributions to what happens (or doesn’t happen) in Congress. Now, thanks to a brilliant online tool called Poligraft, you can see the webs of influence behind the news.

Poligraft lets you paste in a URL to a news story or a chunk of text. Then it digs through the names in the text, finds politicians and organizations, and shows you who’s given money to whom in a sidebar. The tool was developed by the Sunlight Labs, using information from the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute for Money in State Politics.