Media Advisory
Monday, December 6, 1999

Contact: Kim Alexander or Stephen Levine
916-325-2120 or

Nationwide Survey on Internet Disclosure of Money in Politics
to debut Tuesday, December 7

On Tuesday, December 7, the California Voter Foundation (CVF) will announce the results of a nationwide survey and forecast on the status of Internet disclosure of money in politics. The report includes rankings and ratings for every state. Seven states will be honored with the prestigious 1999 Digital Sunlight Award. The complete report and news release will be available online at CVF's Digital Sunlight web site:

The report measures how quickly states are moving their campaign finance records onto the Internet and into the "digital sunlight". Each state has been evaluated, ranked and rated based on progress made toward electronic filing of political disclosure records, and current availability of campaign finance data on official state web sites. Each state is rated for its peformance and placed into one of six categories: Digital Sunlight, Mostly Sunny, Partly Sunny, Partly Cloudy, Mostly Cloudy, and Dark Skies. The Digital Sunlight web site will provide a national progress report, summaries for each state, colorful ratings graphics, a U.S. map providing a color-coded guide for each state's rating, and links to disclosure web sites.

The Digital Sunlight Awards are the first-ever nationwide ranking of the 50 states' movement toward Internet disclosure of money in politics, and provide a benchmark from which future progress can be measured.

The California Voter Foundation is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization advancing new technologies to improve democracy. More information about CVF is available online at

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