Explore companies, lawmakers and prominent individuals that matter to you and see how they're influencing the political system
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.
The data comes from the Department of Justice and is collected according to the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which places stringent reporting requirements on foreign governments, political parties, businesses and other organizations that aim to influence policy here in the States.
The new database also includes a feed of proposed arms sales documents from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. This data is included because so much foreign lobbying revolves around arms sales, which creates a nexus of influence between countries that want to buy U.S. arms and U.S. manufacturers that want to sell them.
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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WOMEN VOTE!, the super PAC arm of the pro-choice group Emily's List, just had its biggest fundraising haul of the 2014 cycle, thanks largely to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Bloomberg, a super PAC founder and mega-donor, gave the group $2 million in July, documents just filed with the FEC show. While Bloomberg has given to the super PAC in the past, in recent years he's devoted the bulk of his political largesse toward advocating for tougher gun control laws, gay marriage and education reform.
The media mogul has also supported conservatives in certain races. In May he gave $250,000 to Mississippi Conservatives, the super PAC that supported Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., in his nail-biter -- and ultimately successful -- bid to win his party's nomination for an seventh term. The seven-figure donation puts Bloomberg at over $11 million in total giving to super PACs this cycle.
Thanks to the hefty sum from the former mayor, along with a $245,000 donation from the national Plumbers and Pipefitters union and $200,000 from Berkley professor Scott Shenker, the PAC pulled in just over $2.5 million in July. That's more than four times the $547 ...Read More