KCET.org Bolsters Ballot Brief Content for Los Angeles Elections on March 5 and May 21

The Online Voting Resource Provides Helpful Electoral

News and Campaign Spending Databases for Los Angeles' Primary Election Tomorrow


Burbank, CA - March 4, 2013 -  KCETLink,

the new national independent public media organization created by KCET's recent

merger with the Bay Area-based independent media company, Link Media, announced

that its online electoral guide,
Ballot Brief, has

bolstered its content to include helpful information and news about Los

Angeles' elections on March 5 and May 21.

Ballot Brief features comprehensive funding databases for all of the races detailing campaign contributions

and expenditures for each candidate running for city office. Since m
ost all contributions to a political candidate or ballot initiative in

California are supposed to be made public, it doesn't mean a citizen can easily

access or understand such public documents. These databases demystify campaign

finance and help citizens easily track candidates' money.

"With the 2013 Los Angeles elections, we wanted to expand

upon the toolset we could bring to the public," said Zach Behrens,

editor-in-chief of KCET Blogs. "Today, we present the first iteration of

funding for candidates in the races that make up the March 5 and May 21


Tonight, Ballot Brief editors Zach Behrens and

Brian Frank, will be guests on KCET's award-winning nightly news program SoCal

at 5:30 and 10 p.m., to discuss the site's interactive campaign

finance database and candidate spending this election cycle. 


November, Ballot Brief followed the presidential election polls in

real-time and gave voters critical information about the complex propositions

on the ballot.


KCET has been at the forefront for delivering in-depth

information on key elections and political topics impacting community,

including past special reports and live panels from SoCal Connected and

live online interaction and commentary on KCET.org.


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plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and

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Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television

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