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Poligraft
Feed any online news story into Poligraft, and the mashup spits it back out with highlighted phrases and a sidebar that illuminates facts and figures about the politicians in the article.
Feed any online news story into Poligraft, and the mashup spits it back out with highlighted phrases and a sidebar that illuminates facts and figures about the politicians in the article.
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In a political atmosphere that often seems increasingly polarized, many Americans worry about the dependability of their news sources. They may fear that if their favorite reporters veer too far right or left, they are missing out on the big picture.

The Poligraft.com mashup attempts to shed light on any online political news story. Just copy and paste an article's link or full text into Poligraft, and the mashup works its magic, returning detailed information about all of the politicians and newsworthy people in the piece.

In many cases, Poligraft will list the article's sources and amounts of aggregated contributions each politician received. With more detailed articles, you'll also see which industries made the biggest campaign contributions to an official.

Poligraft works by blending data from the National Institute for Money in State Politics and the Center for Responsive Politics. If you're skeptical of this mashup's accuracy, you can delve into Poligraft's associated database, called Transparency Data, and browse the numbers yourself.

In short, Poligraft lets you read between the lines of important political stories -- no matter the leanings of the reporter (or how suspicious the statements of a politician), you'll see that the money never lies.


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