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The Sunlight Foundation's Influence Explorer now offers a new way to review and receive federal campaign finance data for candidates, PACs and outside spending groups. The "Realtime Federal Campaign Finance" section—Realtime for short—of Influence Explorer takes official Federal Election Commission (FEC) data for the current election cycle and presents it in a more user-friendly format.
The Realtime tool, which is actually an amped-up version of Sunlight's "Follow the Unlimited Money," automatically gathers FEC data. It presents spending by and for politicians, parties, PACs and Super PACs.
This site also allows users to receive customized email alerts when a particular committee submits a new electronic filing to the FEC.
The new Realtime section is Sunlight's first step in providing more immediate data offerings on Influence Explorer. Other tools that were developed for the Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group will be rolled into this site in the coming months.
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A year ahead of what’s considered the traditional start of congressional campaign season, top Democratic political action committees and super PACs spent $24 million in September, twice as much the top-spending Republican groups.
An analysis of spending reports submitted to the Federal Election Commission by both PACs and super PACs using the Sunlight Foundation’s Realtime Federal Campaign Finance tracker, show that seven of the top ten spending groups were left-leaning. At least two of these committees, organized to spend in federal elections, directed most of their September spending to a statewide race, helping Democrat Terry McAuliffe to a narrow victory in the Virginia gubernatorial election.
Planned Parenthood and DGA Action (a super PAC formed by the Democratic Governors’ Association) contributed $1 million each to McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The money Planned Parenthood spent on McAuliffe was actually logged as an in-kind contribution: The political action committee aired TV ads supporting McAuliffe.
In a race flooded with negative TV ads, McAuliffe narrowly beat his Republican opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, in part by zeroing in on Cuccinelli's opposition to abortion. McAuliffe's campaign ads and those of some of the groups backing him portrayed Cuccinelli ...Read More