Open data—from both government and private sources—has great potential for creating new products, reducing the costs of doing business, and improving people's lives. But for open data to truly benefit both business and local communities, there are still some questions that will need to be answered.
Just in time for the next election season, the team at MAPLight.org offer the MAPLight.org API which enables developers to "illuminate the connection" between money and politics by providing detailed funding information for candidates for political office.
MapLight, nonpartisan research group focused on money’s influence on politics, plans to release an API for its Voter’s Edge offering. The Voter’s Edge API will give developers programmatic access to a massive database of 2014 election data. When the API is released next month, third party apps can integrate customized election data with existing platforms.