Politics database ElectNext raises $1.3 million

by Curtis Lee Fulton

Politics database provider ElectNext says its raised $1.3 million in seed funding. The startup says it builds candidate profiles from data that compare what candidates say about an issue, in contrast to how the candidate “spend[s] their time legislating and how that compares to their sources of funding.”

ElectNext is providing candiate profiles under a partnership agreement for the PBS NewsHour, The Philadelphia InquirerPolicyMic and PoliticsPA.

Brooklyn Bridge Ventures led the investment round in ElectNext, with funding from Digital News Ventures, Comcast Ventures, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Liberty City Ventures, Gabriel Investments and Investor’s Circle.

ElectNext made a splash last year when it launched a candidate matcher that would recommend a political candidate based on a 10-question quiz. Take a look: