(Washington, DC) Just in time for the closing stretch of the 2012 election season, SHOESTRING (the nonprofit’s agency) has developed and launched an interactive web-based U.S. map that presents all tobacco campaign contributions for each state’s congressional districts. The online tool was developed for Action on Smoking & Health (ASH), a Washington DC-based nonprofit organization that works to reduce the disease, damage and death caused by tobacco through advocacy, legal action and its network of international partners.
The map—which was developed with Google Maps technology—presents how much specific state representatives have received from big tobacco in 2012. The map enables users view select contributions for all 435 U.S. congressional districts as well as U.S. Senators.
Users can simply click on their home districts and see how much tobacco money their elected representatives have accepted. ASH had the map developed as an ongoing service to the public and as an aid to voters in time for this year’s elections.
According to ASH, the tobacco industry has always been a major player in congressional campaigns and the ASH tobacco campaign contribution map highlights just how pervasive tobacco money is in politics.
Currently, 2012 contributions total $1.7 million with Republicans receiving $1.2 million in campaign contributions and Democrats receiving $458,000 in campaign contributions.
To see the map and learn about tobacco campaign contributions, go to ash.org/map.
About ASH > Action on Smoking & Health:
Action on Smoking & Health (ASH) works to reduce the disease, damage and death caused by tobacco through advocacy, legal action and its network of international partners. For more than 40 years, it has fought for smoking bans, tobacco taxes and other measures proven to reduce tobacco consumption and save lives. ASH was formed in 1967 and is based in Washington, DC. For more information, go to www. ash.org