Congress Facebook is a new mashup that combines 11 different web APIs that wants “to make Congress more accountable and transparent”. The app tracks a lot of data for each member: voting records, FEC reports, Campaign Finance summary, their opinions on the issues, and even their state’s federal spending reports. The design of the site is basic, but the it’s data rich. And among other things, it’s an entry in a contest we reported on last month Sunlight Labs’ Apps for America contest.
Do you want to use the power of open APIs and mashups to help make the US Congress more accountable, interactive and transparent? If so, then you’ll want to enter the new Apps for America Mashup Contest from the good folks at the Sunlight Foundation. Like last year’s Mashup Congress contest, this is another notable competition from Sunlight, whose nonprofit mission is to help organizations use Internet technologies to make information about Congress and the federal government more accessible to the American people to create a “catalyst for greater political transparency and to foster more openness and accountability in government.”
The non-profit Sunlight Foundation, whose mission is to help others use the Internet to make information about the US government more accessible (and we’ve covered previously), recently released a very enlightening visualization of campaign contributions from 1990-2008, broken down by industry sectors and party lines.
Did you know that George W. Bush received $2,649,725 in oil contributions is his 2004 election campaign? Or that in 2008 Rudy Giuliani received $659,158, John McCain received $291,685 and that Barack Obama received $163,840? These and other bits of political trivia and insight come from a useful site that was recently Mashup of the Day: Follow Oil Money.
2007 is off to a good start on the mashup front given the variety of new ProgrammableWeb entries. New ones include video mashups, utility mashups, and tools for keeping an eye on US politicians. Overall there are now 1432 mashups and 356 APIs here.
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