Big news today for campaign finance, lobbying and political influence trackers: the Center for Responsive Politics’ Web site, OpenSecrets.org, will offer much more data beginning next week.
With the help of a grant from the Sunlight Foundation, OpenSecrets.org will open up its most-popular data products, which were previously available only through subscriptions.
From an e-mail I received this afternoon from the CRP:
For the first time in CRP’s 26-year history as Washington’s premier money-in-politics watchdog, we’re making our most popular data archives fully available to the public for download — for FREE. Starting next week, we’ll be putting our vast data on campaign finance, lobbying and the personal finances of lawmakers in more hands, with the expectation that more people counting cash will lead to more people making change. We expect all sorts of mashups, maps and other cool projects to result from this new capability, which has been graciously underwritten by the Sunlight Foundation. Stay tuned for details about how to use this data, and be prepared to dive in!
Written by Paul Monies