June 19, 2012

Politify – Politics Hitting Home

How will the results of upcoming political elections impact your bottom line? That’s a question Politify attempts to answer. The web-application invites users to answer a few basic questions about their filing status, age, and income, and then uses this information to provide a detailed analysis showing how the results of upcoming elections will effect the amount they pay in taxes each year.

To find out how your budget could be impacted by the results of the upcoming presidential election, click over to and hit the “Try now” button. You’ll immediately see photos of all the remaining Republican candidates, as well as President Barack Obama. Click on the candidates whose economic platforms you’d like to compare, then enter some personal information about yourself, like your income, filing status, age, and zip code. In the blink of an eye, you’ll see a page full of visual charts and infographics detailing the effect that each candidate’s presidency would have on the taxes you pay and federal services you have available.

Based on the charts and data that Politify has provided, you’ll probably form an opinion on the presidential candidates currently in the race. Make your opinion known to others by clicking the “Endorse” or “Oppose” buttons and sharing your views on Facebook. To make an even bigger impact in the race, you can click the “Donate” button and pledge money directly to the campaign you have chosen to support.

Practical Uses:

  • Get help deciding which presidential candidate to vote for
  • Find out how each candidate’s economic platform would impact your pocketbook
  • See how much extra you’d be paying in taxes if certain candidates got elected
  • Support your favorite candidate by pledging money to their campaigns

Insider Tips:

  • Politify uses special algorithms to create its data points and charts
  • Politify’s “econometric” model was developed by a UCSD doctoral student
  • Users can connect with Facebook to post political information on their social networking profiles
  • Politify is a non-partisan project

What we liked:

  • Politify shows the effect that various candidates would have in black and white
  • The charts that Politify creates are clear and easy to understand
  • Users can compare any two candidates in a head-to-head setting
  • Married couples can see how adding dependents to their family would impact their tax burden

What we didn’t like:

  • People can’t currently use Politify to compare candidates in their local or state elections


  • None

Company Info:

  • Launched: February 2012 (Beta)
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Berkeley, California
  • Founded by: Nikita Bier and Jeremy Blalock
  • Web site:


  • Free


  1. 1) The program i waehtcd was Kasich accetance speech2) The first fact i learned is that John Kasich won the election. Also before he won the election he was apart of congress. He also wants to balance the budget in ohio.3)This view of the program was that how much John Kasich was happy that he won the election and he told everyone in Ohio what to expect out of him.4)My opion of the program was even thought a democrat won i think we will see a change in cleveland.

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