A bright young developer has come up with a way for us to easily see who the top contributors to political candidates are using a simple browser plugin. The plugin is called “Greenhouse” and it is available for Chrome, Safari and Mozilla. Once you have the plugin installed it will attempt to determine on each and every web page that you load if there is a politician and display information about their top contributors (and greatest benefactors?). The data comes from opensecrets.org. The information provides a quick and simple to read list of top contributors to the candidates election. This provides a very valuable context to the article that would be lacking without extensive knowledge of that candidate. I frankly cannot see myself being without this plugin now that I’ve had it installed for a couple of days, and you may feel the same way after trying it out.
The application of this is obvious and you are probably either very interested or be indifferent depending on your personal interests. I hope you find it helpful! You can download the plugin here.