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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.

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.

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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    Five new super PACs appear linked to GOP Senate leadership

    Is Senate GOP leadership wading into the 2014 fray with a bevy of last-minute, unlimited money machines?

    Five new super PACs bearing the name of five competitive Senate states all list Josh Eboch as treasurer, with an Austin lawyer named as assistant treasurer. The fiscal custodian of those PACs is, presumably, Josh Eboch, who describes himself as political director for the deputy Republican leader in the Senate, John Cornyn of Texas.

    Eboch, who uses an Austin address in campaign payroll records, was paid $53,000 by Cornyn's reelection campaign between August, 2013 and June of this year, the most recent period covered by available records. It wasn't immediately clear whether Eboch still works for Cornyn, though his LinkedIn account says he does. Eboch, whose profile also says he was previously "campaigns manager" at FreedomWorks, didn't immediately return a call for comment.

    The paperwork is all from Arlington, Virginia, but the names of these PACs are clearly inspired by some of the year's hottest Senate races. They are Alaska Priorities, Colorado Priorities, Iowa Priorities, (not to be confused with the Priorities for Iowa Political Fund) , Louisiana Priorities and North Carolina Priorities. Each of those states is playing ...

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