The Huffington Post is urging site visitors to check out it’s Fund Race 2008 feature with headlines touting you can find out the truth about your friends and saying the tool “makes it easy to search by name or address to see which presidential candidates your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors are contributing to.”
All snark aside, it’s actually an interesting, if stalkerish, way to see the political breakdown of individual donations Presidential candidates in your neighborhood. The site can be searched by address, name, occupation, and employer. A quick search of my zipcode listed a number of celebrities and their home addresses. Fortunately for their privacy, many list either their work or manager’s addresses instead of their own. But for others, their privacy could be blown.
One cool part of the site is its integration with Google maps to give a visual representation of the political makeup in different neighborhoods, city, or states. The screengrab here comes from part of the results for a search of Los Angeles – blue for addresses listed for donations to Democratic candidates, red for Republicans. If you move in close you can click on individuals dots to find the name and address of the constituent, along with who they gave to and how much. Hollywood to Santa Monica is largely blue, and it gets pretty red down in Orange County.
If anyone gives it a spin, please a comment with any interesting results…