Free, Public MapLight Money and Politics Data Set Launches Today, Includes All Federal Campaign Contributions
Hosted on Google Fusion Tables for Easy Searching and Bulk Download — Accessible by API
Berkeley, CA—MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money's influence on politics, announces the launch of the MapLight Money and Politics Data Set, an easy-to-access, downloadable database of MapLight-enhanced Federal Elections Commission (FEC) campaign finance data for free public use. The data set includes all federal contributions, independent expenditures (including super PACs), and candidate and committee totals and will update regularly with the most current data from the FEC.
"MapLight is excited to offer this critical civic data in a way that is more timely and accessible than ever before,” said Daniel G. Newman, MapLight’s co-founder and president. "It will be wonderful to see what the web community builds with this continually-updated free public data, using the latest tools from Google Fusion Tables."
Citizens, journalists, and programmers can now view, search, sort, filter, and visualize (with charts, line graphs, bar graphs, scatter plots, and timelines) federal campaign contributions using Google Fusion Tables. Data can also be merged with outside databases, and visualizations can be easily embedded into blogs, media sites, and more.
The MapLight Money and Politics Data Set can also be downloaded or accessed via API by citizens and journalists for free public use in websites, widgets, and apps. The data set includes continually updated information on all current candidates for the House, Senate, and U.S. President—including how much each has raised and spent—making it easy for election-related websites to integrate this newsworthy information.
MAPLIGHT MONEY AND POLITICS DATA SET:
- Presidential Candidates: Obama (Google Fusion Tables)
- Presidential Candidates: Romney (Google Fusion Tables)
- All Contributions (Bulk download via Google Drive) For best performance, we suggest opening the All Contributions file in a database program that does not have a 65,000 row limit.
Expenditures (Includes super PAC data for or against a candidate, communication costs for or against a candidate, coordinated expenditures, and electioneering communications made by political action committees, party committees, candidate committees, or other federal committees.)
- Expenditures (Google Fusion Tables)
Includes contributions for the 2012 election cycle, based on the latest available data from the FEC as of Nov. 11, 2012.
Subject to this license agreement, use of the MapLight Money and Politics Data Set is provided free of charge for all uses that are freely available to the public.