Press Release

Organization dedicated to government transparency ups local content

Local political data and election information all available in one place

Madison – July 9, 2013: The Lucy Burns Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing accurate, comprehensive information about elections and candidates, has acquired the content of the Sunshine Review to grow and expand the data already available to users of their Ballotpedia and Judgepedia wikis.

“This is exciting news, not just for the Lucy Burns Institute, but for our dedicated and informed readers and contributors. Readers from Sunshine Review will continue to get the same top-quality material about transparency, budgets and pensions, and now citizens get an enhanced experience with the addition of election-related materials provided within Ballotpedia’s pages,” said Leslie Graves, President of the Lucy Burns Institute.

The Sunshine Review wiki has collected and shared information about state and local transparency, welcoming thousands of site visitors per day. Sending that content to Ballotpedia will create a one-stop shop for the online community tied into the political scene while offering extensive information on municipal government, particularly with respect to transparency.

“By announcing this acquisition, LBI is signaling a commitment to political transparency, and introducing more coverage at the local government level. We’re here to provide citizens with even more tools to becoming involved in their community and hold elected officials accountable,” added Graves.

About Ballotpedia
Established in 2007, Ballotpedia is a nonprofit and nonpartisan collaborative wiki encyclopedia designed to connect people to politics through the free and open sharing of information. It includes information about the U.S. Congress, state legislatures, ballot measures (including ballot measure law, school bond and tax elections, recall elections and local ballot measures), and state executives. Ballotpedia is published by the non-profit, non-partisan Lucy Burns Institute, which is based in Madison, Wisconsin.

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If you’d like more information, or to schedule an interview with Ballotpedia’s project manager, please contact Kelly O’Keefe at Kelly.O’Keefe@lucyburns.org.