Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Congressional Nepotism on Google Maps
The Washington Post's Mapping the Earmarks uses the Google Maps API with some custom map tiles to show where congressional representatives have directed earmarks and other public projects next to or within about two miles of their own property.
The data for the map comes from public records on the holdings of all 535 members. The Post's investigation also found examples where tax dollars were given to companies, colleges or community programs where representatives' "spouses, children or parents work as salaried employees or serve on boards".