Who Owns Your Politician?
FONTANA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowes/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, and wife Chandra look on from pit road prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway on February 21, 2010 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR) *** Local Caption *** Jimmie Johnson;Chandra Johnson
Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 Updated at 11:54 AM PDT
A very old suggestion about how to keep politicians accountable has become a reality, thanks to the Internet.
For years, political reformers have suggested, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, making politicians dress like NASCAR stock car drivers. Just as the drivers wear the names of their sponsors on their uniforms, politicians would have to put the logos and names of their biggest donors on their suits.
MAPLight.org and Wired.com now have debuted a web tool that does just that -- at least on the Internet. Check it out here.