Campaign Finance

House Data: 41k finance summaries from 2200 candidates

July 13, 2010 | jjh

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 ... [Read more...]

New FECHell 0.1.9

March 22, 2010 | jjh

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 ... [Read more...]

open-source campaign finance analysis with R and MySQL

June 18, 2009 | jjh

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 ...
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