OpenSecrets.org goes OpenData!

OpenSecrets.org goes OpenData!

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Hey, last week I posted a heads-up regarding the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

CRP has now made its data archives freely downloadable at its site, OpenSecrets.org. There you'll find 200 million campaign finance, lobbying and other money-in-politics records, going back 20 years in some cases.

As usual, Ellen Miller from Sunlight Foundation delivers the gist:

Sheila Krumholz, CRP director and long-time colleagues, knows that by
putting their data into more hands they will put more eyes on
Washington. This, in turn, will engage more Americans in their
government, and that will fuel change in how our government functions.
We agree which is why Sunlight providing the financing to make this
happen. “All these enhancements to OpenSecrets.org are about one thing:
showing more people how money’s influence on politics affects their
lives–and empowering them to do something about it,” Sheila said in a
statement.

Mash it up, map it, whatever – keep it non-commercial. (Commercial users pay a fee to help CRP keep its lights on.) Please do credit CRP for the data and link back to OpenSecrets.org.

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