If you’re like Kim Cranston, you’re well versed about the big political candidates but have little luck finding information on lesser known contenders and state propositions. Cranston used to collect the political junk mail that bombarded his mailbox and review it the night before voting day. But now he can consult TransparentDemocracy.org, a Web site he co-founded with chief technology officer Jeff Manning last October. The site allows users to see how organizations, opinion leaders, and even...

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