MapLight: MapLight Unveils New Tool to Track Money in California Politics Ahead of Midterm Election

MapLight: MapLight Unveils New Tool to Track Money in California Politics Ahead of Midterm Election. “MapLight unveiled a new resource today for tracking money in California politics ahead of next month’s election. The California Political Money Tracker provides a user-friendly layout that displays overall campaign contributions as well as independent expenditures supporting and opposing candidates for state office.”

The Daily Beast: Reps. Greg Walden and Kevin McCarthy Get Tons of Money From Big Pharma

The Daily Beast: Reps. Greg Walden and Kevin McCarthy Get Tons of Money From Big Pharma. “As voters prepare to go to the polls, they can use a new database, ‘Pharma Cash to Congress,’ tracking up to 10 years of pharmaceutical company contributions to any or all members of Congress, illuminating drugmakers’ efforts to influence legislation.”

ZDNet: Shut Facebook and Twitter down for 6 weeks before elections

ZDNet: Shut Facebook and Twitter down for 6 weeks before elections. “We’re living in times where draconian solutions are popular. So I have one. How about shutting down Facebook and Twitter for 6 weeks before elections? Some countries, such as New Zealand, have all sorts of rules about election day itself. Some countries limit the length of election campaigns to as little as six weeks. In India, there can be no public meetings or election processions 48 hours before an election.”

News4 San Antonio: Russian hackers target Beto, Cruz and Manu

News4 San Antonio: Russian hackers target Beto, Cruz and Manu. “We discovered the tweets in a recently-released database of three million tweets associated with Russian trolling, which targeted Cruz as well as many of the state’s other congressional leaders. Dr. Aaron Delwiche, a Trinity University social communications professor, says the messages are designed to look like they came from real people, but were instead part of a larger campaign from a foreign country injecting its voice in American affairs and politics.”

Techdirt: Louisiana’s Attorney General Wants To Break Up Google Over ‘Bias’

Techdirt: Louisiana’s Attorney General Wants To Break Up Google Over ‘Bias’. “The latest in this ridiculous political fight over the claimed, but not proven, ‘political bias’ found in search results and social media is that Louisiana’s Attorney General says we should break up the big internet companies because of it.”

Reuters: Google to acknowledge privacy mistakes as U.S. seeks input

Reuters: Google to acknowledge privacy mistakes as U.S. seeks input. “Leading internet search engine Google will acknowledge that it has made “mistakes” on privacy issues in testimony an executive of the Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) unit will deliver to a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday, according to a document reviewed by Reuters.”

Poynter: Ahead of the midterms, Google News Lab created a way to see what’s trending at the state, county and city level

Poynter: Ahead of the midterms, Google News Lab created a way to see what’s trending at the state, county and city level. “With close to 500 House and Senate seats in play with the midterm elections, Google News Lab started thinking about how local reporters might use local data in their work. On Wednesday, the team went live with a Google Trends Midterm page with data on real-time Google search trends at the state, county and city level. (Disclosure: The Google News Initiative funds some training and projects at Poynter.)”