May 23, 2022

"New Gmail Plug-In Tracks Cash, Political Leanings Of Your Friends And Spammers"

From Fast Company:

At the Personal Democracy Forum conference in New York City yesterday, the Sunlight Foundation, a D.C. nonprofit fighting for government transparency, unveiled a new Gmail plug-in they call Inbox Influence. The nifty little program scans public records to show you the political contributions made or received by the people and organizations who send you emails every day.


Learn More About the “Inbox Influence” Plug-In, View a Video Intro

Download the Plug-In

The article also mention a two other research tools from the Sunlight Foundation (All Free)!

  • Checking Influence shows the lobbying and political contributions made by the corporations you give your cash to, as they appear on your bank statement.
    Here’s What a Results Page Looks Like
  • Poligraft marks up any news article, blog post, or press release with the political affiliations of the people and corporations involved.
    Video Overview

But that’s not all, here’s a list of  many more projects and resources From Sunlight Foundation and Sunlight Labs.

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