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House Data: 41k finance summaries from 2200 candidates

July 13, 2010
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House Data: 41k finance summaries from 2200 candidates

I’d like to announce a new project by Offensive Politics called House Data, launching today. House Data is a large-scale extract of FEC Form 3 Summary of receipts of disbursements (pdf warning) of every US House campaign from mid-2001 onward. The traditional source for campaign finance summaries is the Candidate Summary File, which is a

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Voter targeting with R

May 26, 2010
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Voter targeting with R

Voter targeting for turnout is the process of scoring registered voters using demographic and electoral variables taken from voter lists and commercial databases. The score of all voters together is used to predict overall turnout, which determines the allocation of campaign resources and directs strategy for voter contact and communication. Targeting for turnout is a

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New FECHell 0.1.9

March 22, 2010
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Our FEC report file library FECHell has been updated to 0.1.9. The release includes a half dozen bug fixes and the following new features: Speed improvements – Schedule and field names names are matched by compiled regular expressions instead of brute-force string matching, resulting in a ~25% speed increase for large files. DEF file fixes

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Re-mapping Massachusetts Special election results

January 27, 2010
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Re-mapping Massachusetts Special election results

I had previously posted maps showing the difference in major party vote share between the 2008 Presidential election and the 2010 special Senate election in Massachusetts. Colleagues and readers of the Revolutions blog had some very insightful criticisms of these maps, in particular that the color scale was over-stating the swing in voter sentiment. I’ve

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Mapping MA election results

January 25, 2010
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Mapping MA election results

The Swing State Project recently had some very interesting maps comparing last week’s election results from Massachusetts to 2008 presidential primary results. Their maps posted show some very interesting trends, but the maps themselves are lacking in information and the color schemes are pretty ugly. Using my own source data I recreated their election night

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Aggreate electoral targeting with R

October 22, 2009
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Aggreate electoral targeting with R

Aggregate electoral targeting is the process of determining the likely hood of a citizen choosing to vote turnout), and which candidate that person is most likely to vote for (partisan bias) in a given race using historical turnout and partisan bias. The output from this targeting allows a campaign to project the likely number of voters, what percentages their...

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“I’m a Republican because…”, visualized with R

October 15, 2009
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“I’m a Republican because…”, visualized with R

Visualizing user-generated statements from GOP.com to the theme of "I'm a Republican because...", using R.

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open-source campaign finance analysis with R and MySQL

June 18, 2009
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open-source campaign finance analysis with R and MySQL

Introduction In Part 1 of this tutorial we introduced the fechell library by extracting all itemized contributions from individuals made to the Obama For America campaign in 2007 and 2008. In Part 2 of the tutorial we will summarize that data set by importing it into a MySQL database and aggregating contributions by week and

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