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What's New

Fixed Fortunes

We now have a new section called “Fixed Fortunes,” which is Sunlight's analysis and dataset of the money the biggest corporate political donors put into campaigns and lobbying and what they get in return.

Fixed Fortunes shows that between 2007 and 2012, 200 of the most politically active for-profit companies in the United States disclosed spending a total of $5.8 billion influencing Washington through campaign contributions and lobbying, and have benefitted from $4.4 trillion in contracts, grants, loans and subsidies. The number exceeds the $4.3 trillion that 50 million Americans received over the same time period from Social Security. Dig into the data and read our analysis.

Foreign Influence Explorer

After months of research, technical development and manual data entry, we are proud to unveil Foreign Influence Explorer—a new database housed within Influence Explorer that lets users explore how foreign entities influence policy and public opinion in the U.S.

Real-Time Influence Explorer

In addition to the new foreign lobbying data, Influence Explorer still features federal campaign finance data from the Federal Election Commission in real-time. As we get closer to the 2014 mid-term elections, find who's spending the most to win a seat in Congress.

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    'Fixed Fortunes' companies investing heavily on both sides of the aisle

    With appropriations season looming, many of the powerful corporations on Sunlight's Fixed Fortunes 200 list are paying their dues to lawmakers on either side of the partisan divide.

    In a few months, congressional committees will be drawing up federal agencies' budgets for the next fiscal year. For many companies that do business with the government, the drafting of those bills could have a direct impact on their bottom line.

    A preliminary review of political action committees' January reports, detailing the money raised and spent, finds that 21 of the companies on our list made donations to party committees on both sides of the aisle. Use the sortable table below to explore the data.

    Both parties are already furiously stockpiling funds for the 2016 election cycle, a contest whose presidential race alone could top the $5 billion barrier, according to top fundraisers recently interviewed by The Hill magazine.

    Though a corporation may not make direct contributions to politicians or parties from their treasury, it can have a political action committee that pools contributions from its executives and contributes to candidates and committees of the company's choice.

    Unlike money given to a super PAC, which can not coordinate their ads ...

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