Open Disclosure app tracks the campaign money

Oakland voters have a better way to understand who is contributing to 2016 candidate races and ballot measures. The updated version of Open went live in mid-October, and now there is a mobile version to help more voters “follow the money” this election.

OpenOakland partnered with the Public Ethics Commission two years ago to develop the original web app for the mayor’s race. Now it covers all the Oakland races and all Oakland ballot measures.

OpenDisclosure processes and analyzes complex contribution information from the California Secretary of State and updates it as new income and expense reports are filed. It also tracks independent expenditure committees that spend money to support or defeat candidates or measures. The app also maps where contributions come from within the Bay Area.

The web site is Open Disclosure

Author Profile

Howard Dyckoff has lived in Oakland for over 40 years and has been involved with many community groups, including Oakland Digital and Oakland Local, Block by Block, the East Oakland Boxing Association (EOBA), and CBE. A Brooklyn, New York, transplant, and an Aerospace Engineering graduate of NY Polytechnic, Howard also attended Laney College, where he wrote for the Laney Tower newspaper and was elected editor. Howard also attended the Starr King School at the Theological Union in Berkeley.

He has served as the Berkeley Free Clinic’s Outreach Coordinator, and also worked as an information technology professional at Chevron, Sybase, and Wells Fargo. He worked in both the 2010 and 2020 Census. Howard has been a regular contributor to Oakland Local and online publications such as TechTarget and Linux Gazette and currently writes for Oakland Voices. He currently does event photography and portraiture around the Bay Area.

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