By Margaret Jackson / NewsBreak Denver
(Denver, Colo.) With the November general election approaching and all of Colorado’s executive officers up for election, the Denver Clerk and Recorder’s office has launched the second phase of a searchable campaign finance and disclosure database.
SearchLight Denver provides residents access to lobbying organizations, individual lobbyists and their efforts around city matters.
The new system replaces an outdated system and is designed to allow Denver residents to be better informed on lobbying efforts.
“A priority for my administration is to ensure the public has access to better understand who is influencing legislation and city businesses,” Clerk and Recorder Paul Lopez said. “SearchLight Denver phase two builds upon the systems data transparency by adding lobbyist disclosure functionality, and we will continue to provide additional access to the public.”
To create SearchLight Denver, Lopez’s office is partnering with MapLight, a technology nonprofit specializing in campaign finance tools and lobbying for state and municipal governments.
The third phase of SearchLight Denver, expected to go live later this year, will expand the tool’s capabilities to include an ethics portal. The added functionality will feature an index of lobbyist information and financial disclosures. Phase three also includes Spanish translation of the site.