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MapLight creates technology to improve democracy.

About MapLight

MapLight designs, builds, and operates software and data systems for state and local governments. We specialize in campaign finance disclosure, lobbying and ethics disclosure, and voter information. We support transparency and believe that everyone deserves an equal voice in our democracy. We are nonprofit and nonpartisan.

Track Record

MapLight, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has been developing and operating innovative technology in the public interest since our founding in 2005. Highlights of our work include:

  • Campaign finance information systems for government that provide unprecedented transparency for the public and industry-leading efficiency for agency staff. Our clients include the California Secretary of State, the City of Minnesota, the City and County of Denver, Colorado, and the State of Maine.

  • Voter information systems, including Voter’s Edge, a nonpartisan voting guide serving two million voters in California each election season. Voter’s Edge is a partnership of MapLight and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.


  • Society of Professional Journalists Northern California – Board of Directors’ Distinguished Service to Journalism Award, 2015

  • World Affairs Council – NextGen Changemakers: Civic Innovation, 2014

  • American Library Association’s MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference – Best Free Reference Web Site, 2012

  • James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists – 2009

  • Library Journal – Best Reference, 2008

  • Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism – Honorable Mention, 2008

  • NetSquared Innovation Awards – Finalist, 2008

  • Stockholm Challenge Award for Public Administration – Finalist, 2008

  • U.N. World Summit Award for e.Government – Winner, 2007

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