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Influence Explorer now offers a new way to review and receive federal campaign finance data for candidates, PACs and outside spending groups. The Realtime FEC section takes official Federal Election Commission (FEC) data for the current election cycle and presents it in a more user-friendly format.
The new section automatically gathers FEC data and presents spending by and for politicians, parties, PACs and super PACs. It also allows you to receive customized email alerts when a particular committee submits a new electronic filing to the FEC.
This is Sunlight's first step in providing more immediate data offerings on Influence Explorer. Other realtime tracking tools that were developed for the Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group will be rolled into this site in the coming months.
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The longest serving member of congress in history will be hanging up his boots after 29 terms in the House. Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., has been one of the chamber's most influential voices — he chaired the Energy and Commerce committee from 1981 to 1994, then again from 2006 from 2008. During his first stint as chairman, he greatly expanded the committee's legislative reach. The Detroit Free Press reports that every four out of 10 bills in the chamber went through Energy and Commerce. His perch on the committee — to this day he sits on all six of its subcommittees — has made him a prime target of campaign cash from the energy industry he helped to regulate. Influence Explorer's campaign finance data reveals the electric utilities industry has been the top contributor to Dingell's campaigns since 1989, donating more than $1.4 million during this time.
Dingell's friends in the automotive industry have also done their due diligence in supporting his campaigns. The two automotive juggernauts are Dingell's two largest single benefactors. From 1989 to the third quarter of 2013, Ford's PAC, employees and their family members had contributed $315,725, while General ...Read More