MAPLight.org Chosen as Finalist for Prestigious Stockholm Challenge Award

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<p><strong>Berkeley, Calif.</strong><br />MAPLight.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization illuminating the connection between money and politics, is honored to announce that it has been chosen as a public administration category finalist for the prestigious Stockholm Challenge Award. </p><p>The award, designed to inspire and challenge information and technology industries to develop solutions to reduce social and economic disadvantages, is sponsored by the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.<br /><br />&ldquo;It is such a great honor to be recognized by such an esteemed organization,&rdquo; said Daniel Newman, executive director of MAPLight.org. &ldquo;This honor reflects the worldwide interest in government transparency and preventing corruption and highlights how big-money campaign dollars can prevent democracies from solving problems effectively.&rdquo;<br /><br />"The standard of the projects in the Stockholm Challenge Award this year is better than ever,&rdquo; said Project Manager Ulla Skidén adding, "participants needed to clearly demonstrate social impacts and sustainability with their projects in 2008. This resulted in 145 exceptional projects from more than 50 countries." <br /><br />The Stockholm Challenge Award recognizes finalists in the areas of culture, economic development, education, health and public administration. The winning project in each category will be announced on May 22 in the Blue Hall venue of the Nobel Banquet and will receive the Challenge Trophy and a check for 5,000 euros.<br /><br />The Stockholm Challenge is a biannual awards program launched in 1994 by the city of Stockholm. It is now owned by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm and sponsored by the city of Stockholm, Ericsson and Sida. <br /></p>

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