We don't often think of higher education as a political special interest. In an editorial on their new product Atlas, however, the nonprofit think tank New America waxes poetic and economic on the power of institutions of higher education in politics. Atlas divides the US by congressional district and provides a higher education overview of the district: the number of colleges and universities there, those universities' total expenditures, their employees, and their Pell grants. With an aim to understand their economic and political influence, Atlas scrutinizes their dollars. New America describes itself as being dedicated to the "renewal of American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age."