Anyone who's looked at campaign finance data knows it can get messy really quick (especially if you're getting it directly from the FEC). Sunlight Labs' newly launched TransparencyData aims to make the process a lot easier.
They've merged state data from FollowTheMoney and federal data from OpenSecrets and made it easy to search with a clickable interface. Select from a number of filters such as amount, recipient, or contributor, and then download data in bulk or make use of the API.
Watch the brief overview below:
Okay, so we've got the data. Now what should we do with it? Gold stars for those who leave ideas in the comments below.