Here's a website that State Worker blog users who are into following political spending will want to check out: MAPLight.org.
Dan Walters, the dean of Sacramento political reporting, referenced it in a recent post on our sister blog, Capitol Alert.
MAPLight follows money that flows to the California Legislature and the U.S. Congress by interest group . It also makes connection between the contributions and lawmakers' votes.
Unlike the Secretary of State's campaign finance website, MAPLight is fairly intuitive and lets you parse info a number of ways. The downside: The data lags. Info about contributions to legislators stops at June 30 of this year.
Click here to open MAPLight's home page. This link will open a chart of California political spending by interest group. You also can search the database by nine different criteria. Click here to access the contributions search page.