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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 9, 2010
Web site breaks out political spending by private, public interests

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.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at jortiz@sacbee.com.

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