Millions of Money-in-Politics Data Records Now Available

Posted to Data Sources  |  Nathan Yau

The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a research group well-known for its tracking of monetary influence on United States politics, announced some great news. Their expansive dataset is now available to the public via OpenSecrets.

Politicians, prepare yourselves. Lobbyists, look out. Today the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics is putting 200 million data records from the watchdog group's archive directly into the hands of citizens, activists, journalists and anyone else interested in following the money in U.S. politics.

Yeah, 200 million data records. Correction. 200 million cleaned, formatted, and documented data records. Awesome. They've got data on campaign finances, lobbying, personal finances, and 527 organizations, which can be downloaded as CSV files or via the RESTful API. Let the mashups begin.

[via Ben Fry | Thanks, Gegtik]



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