MAPLight.org Nominated for Best Politics Web Site for Webby Awards
BackBy —<strong>Berkeley, Calif.</strong><br />MAPLight.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization illuminating the connection between money and politics, is thrilled to announce its nomination for the best Politics Web site of 2008. Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards are the international awards honoring excellence on the Internet, including Web sites, interactive advertising, online film and video and mobile Websites. The 12th annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from more than 60 countries and all 50 states. Winners will be announced on May 6 and honored at a gala in New York City on June 10. <br /><br />"It is a great honor to be recognized alongside such esteemed organizations as NPR, FactCheck and the Pew Forum,” said Daniel Newman, executive director of MAPLight.org. "This honor reflects the tremendous support we're receiving for our work on government transparency, holding our politicians accountable. And like Oscar shining its searchlights in Hollywood, MAPLight.org is shining its spotlight on the campaign contribution politicians receive and whether those politicians vote with special interests or the interests of the people."<br /><br />"The Webby Awards honor the outstanding Web sites that are setting the standards for the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. "MAPLight's Webby Award nomination is a testament to the skill, ingenuity and vision of its creators."<br /><br />MAPLight.org provides unprecedented government transparency, shining a light on our broken system of money-dominated politics. They track all campaign contributions given to members of Congress and how every member of Congress votes on every bill, revealing connections between money and politics never before possible to see. <br /><br />MAPLight.org’s research department uses Web 2.0 data mashup technology to combine three data sets: campaign contribution data from the Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org) and National Institute on Money in State Politics, special interest support and opposition for each bill in Congress (MAPLight.org research team) and legislative voting records and bill information (THOMAS via GovTrack.us). <br /><br />Cited in the New York Times, Washington Post and National Journal, MAPLight.org's Web site is fast becoming a favorite tool for journalists nationwide.<br /><br />The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, R/GA’s Chief Bob Greenberg, "Simpson's" creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington and Harvey Weinstein. From now through May 1, online supporters of MAPLight.org can cast their own votes in The Webby People’s Voice Awards.<br /><br />The Webby Awards are known worldwide for their famous five-word speech limit. Past headline-grabbing speechmakers include Al Gore (“Please don’t recount this vote”), Beastie Boys (“Can anyone fix my computer?”) and Prince (“Everything you think is true.”). "If chosen," Newman said, "my five words would be, 'Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant,' paraphrasing Justice Louis Brandeis."<br />
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