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Monday, November 05, 2012

Today MAPPS announced how it supported candidates for office via its political action committe (MAPPS PAC). Per the press release, here's a primer on the PAC:

The PAC is the legal, ethical and professional way for membership organizations, such as MAPPS, to engage in America's great political process. The MAPPS PAC is a separate, segregated political fund that does not use dues money. The MAPPS PAC accepts voluntary, personal contributions from individuals in the geospatial profession to support candidates for Federal office who support the geospatial community and the free enterprise system. Under the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), the statute that governs the financing of federal elections, groups, such as trade and professional associations, can form committees to collect voluntary, individual contributions from members in a pool, and to make contributions from those committees to candidates for Federal office. No MAPPS, corporate or foreign funds are involved. 

So, whom did the PAC support?

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by Adena Schutzberg on 11/05 at 12:13 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I was pretty frustrated last week when Esri offered an embedable map of the aftermath of Sandy to the press. I had to contact the company to learn how to embed it (via an iframe, more than I as a journalist want to know!).

Today I read on Google+ (thanks Rob Cheetham) that Google is offering an embeddable map to find voting locatoins for anyone to put on webpages. The doc explains the two lines of code required to embed the map, then goes on about how to customize it. I copied and pasted the code below. I could go further, but I think I've made my point. If you want journalists (or anyone) to embed your map/tool, tell us exactly how!
by Adena Schutzberg on 11/05 at 03:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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