A fairly interesting site that I remember back from the 2004 election, Fundrace lets you view what people have contributed to major campaigns. Not surprisingly, this has generated a lot of public debate over whether or not this information should be public, but I happen to think it is a good thing. Fundrace draws its information directly from the FEC (Federal Election Commission). All of this information is public; it is just being aggregated here.

Democracy or nosiness? What’s the difference?

It is amazing how many well-known people are politically lukewarm, hedging their bets by donating equal amounts to both sides of the ideological fence.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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