Sunlight Foundation http://sunlightfoundation.com/ has just introduced a new tool, Inbox Influence, that allows the viewer to learn at the teachable moment about the political contributions of the people and organizations that are mentioned in incoming emails. (Sarah Palin, eat your heart out!) According to Sunlight Foundation “the easy-to-use tool can be used for researching influence background on corporate correspondence, adding context to newspaper headlines or discovering who is behind political fundraising solicitations.”
In a word, Inbox Influence sends the text of the email and the sender information to Sunlight Foundation servers. Again according to the Foundation “this information is used only to process the request and is not stored in any way.” (There have been charges without attribution to the contrary)
Click here for a quick video introduction to Inbox Influence.