Craig Newmark, the unique guy who founded Craigslist, is also involved with the Sunlight Foundation. The Sunlight Foundation was founded last year to explore how elected representatives use our money. How does it do this? Through technology, of course. Today its first major initiative was launched: a database of government spending.
What's cool about a database? The fact that the new site, USASpending.gov, which launches today, was developed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in cooperation with the Foundation, and uses a database developed by the Sunlight Foundation.
I encourage you to read the entire post here, and I like what she says about using this database to get a handle on government spending, and see how it influences your vote in the 2008 presidential election.