We're working on the front end for detailed candidate disbursement files, and we'd like to get your feedback. Take a look at these screenshots and let us know what you think.[Read More]
As promised, we've added a 2010 candidate summary file to the list at data.fec.gov. This file contains a record for each candidate who has registered with us or appears on a state ballot for a 2009 or 2010 Congressional race.
For those of you who have been using data from our ftp server over the years, this file is analagous to the "webl.zip" files - the same rules for including candidates and calculating totals. The big differences here are that we've included ALL of the information reported by campaigns on the summary and detailed summary pages of their filings in this file, where webl only included a subset of this information. So, for example, the candidate summary includes the total received by the campaign in contributions from individuals where the specific contributions sum to less than $200 per person so the specific information doesn't have to be included in the filing. This will hopefully help people get a sense of the full breakdown of contributions by size.
Check out the "customize data" box - it allows you to isolate just candidates in a certain state or district or just one party or just challengers or open seat candidates, among other options. As always, you can sort the results however you choose and/or download the data in different formats.
The data in this file matches what you see when you use the 2010 campaign finance map and adds (we hope) another level of comprehensiveness and flexibility to our presentation of campaign finance information.
Let us know what you think.
There was an interesting post on The Scoop (Derek Willis' weblog on investigative and computer assisted reporting) yesterday that focused on a couple of characteristics of FEC data that deserve more discussion.[Read More]