Ever since the Citizens United verdict and the Chick-fil-A gay marriage imbroglio, American citizens have become much more aware and concerned with the money companies use to support their own favored political parties. A new connected app from GeoPollster is meant to make users hyperaware of exactly who their money is being used to support.
Once connected, you’ll see a notification from GeoPollster each time you check in somewhere (as long as they’re making political donations) telling you exactly how much money they’ve donated and which party they’re more likely to support based on data from OpenSecrets.org. You’ll find some that are heavily Democratic, like Starbucks and Bed Bath & Beyond, and some that are heavily Republican, like Chick-fil-A and Lowe’s. Others are more evenly split, but still tend to lean one way or the other.
“This tool makes it simple and easy to find, expose, and share this data. By integrating with a location-based service such as Foursquare, corporate campaign contribution data can spread more quickly,” said Adam Kraft, co-founder of GeoPollster.
A new profile page shows your most recent check-ins along with the companies’ political affiliations. You can also take a look at the same data for your friends’ most recent check-ins. You and your friends are assigned points based on how much you’ve contributed to each party, making it easy to see at a glance exactly where your money is going.
In addition to the political contribution data, GeoPollster is once again running their check-in based poll. When you sign up, you’ll be asked to identify with a political party. Each of your check-ins within a state counts as a vote for your party within that state. The results are anonymously mapped on the GeoPollster site.