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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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    OpenFEC makes campaign finance data more accessible with new API: Here's how to get started

    Big news in the campaign finance world: The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is taking a huge step forward by making data accessible through a modern API. With the help of a team of intrepid 18F developers, the FEC is rethinking both its website and its data offerings to better serve its mission of educating the public with real-time disclosure of campaign finance information. It's part of the larger OpenFEC project, and we think it's a very encouraging sign that this collaboration is going to improve access to a crucial information resource.

    This is a beta release, but we're really excited to see what's been accomplished so far. What follows is meant as both an introduction to what's available through this new resource and a critique of what's working well, and the changes Sunlight would like to see in future releases of the API.

    Doesn't the FEC already release data?

    The FEC is a model disclosure authority: It has made federal campaign finance data available through a searchable web portal, in bulk CSV files, and, most impressively, a live feed of submitted disclosures. On ...

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