18F launches betaFEC to remove mystery from campaign finance

By Jason Wojciechowski on November 5, 2015 — 1 min read

18F launches betaFEC to remove mystery from campaign finance

Here at Corelab we’re pretty into transparency and pretty concerned about the influence of money in politics so we were delighted to see the new betaFEC launched by Obama’s “Stealth Startup,” 18F.

The website allows everyday people to more easily find out the money that candidates are accepting to fund their election bids. For example, we can easily pop in the zip code of the Corelab studio to discover that our fine senator Chuck Schumer almost passed $10 million in funding received by the end of September. Most individual contributions came from Attorneys and “homemakers”. You can explore a candidate’s political action committees (PACs). You can also track spending.
18F launches betaFEC to remove mystery from campaign finance
The FEC data has been public in the form of hard to access, understand and analyse fillings. Working with the 18F government tech crew, the FEC has now made that much easier to access and understand the messy world of campaign finance. As a researcher who spends hours trying to make sense of complex data, that’s good news. As somebody who cares deeply about transparency, it’s great.

Source: 18F Blog

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