Inside the $400-million political network backed by the Koch brothers, via the Washington Post and OpenSecrets.org. (Graphic)

The resources and the breadth of the organization make it singular in American politics: an operation conducted outside the campaign finance system, employing an array of groups aimed at stopping what its financiers view as government overreach. Members of the coalition target different constituencies but together have mounted attacks on the new health-care law, federal spending and environmental regulations.

Inside the $400-million political network backed by the Koch brothers, via the Washington Post and OpenSecrets.org. (Graphic)

The resources and the breadth of the organization make it singular in American politics: an operation conducted outside the campaign finance system, employing an array of groups aimed at stopping what its financiers view as government overreach. Members of the coalition target different constituencies but together have mounted attacks on the new health-care law, federal spending and environmental regulations.

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Shake Your Moneymaker: The 2013 Party Time Playlist

Happy Friday! Sunlight’s Party Time Tumblr is urging you to make like Congress today and shake your moneymaker. It’s a visual we can get down with.

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See all the state and federal legislators and political candidates that held political fundraisers at concerts in 2013.

The Sunlight Foundation scoured its Political Party Time database for political fundraisers held at concerts in 2013. And boy did we hit the jackpot: From pop princess Taylor Swift to Queen Bey, Carole King and the Rolling Stones, politicians of all stripes used the opportunity of marquee names and VIP suites to shake their moneymakers.

This, then, is a playlist of some of the songs — about money, of course — that we imagine pols heard in the process. 

Mapping 400,000 hours of U.S. television news | Internet Archive (originally found via The Atlantic)

IA writes: 

We are excited to unveil a couple experimental data-driven visualizations that literally map 400,000 hours of U.S. television news. One of our collaborating scholars, Kalev Leetaru, applied “fulltext geocoding” software to our entire television news research service collection.

Bonus: view a very cool four-year time lapse animation here.

Extra-special: Sunlight gave a small grant to help the Internet Archive’s TV news project in 2012. :)

Sunlight Cities, one of our sister tumblrs, continues to post very cool things. 
sunlightcities:


Tis the season of snow plow data! 
Examine Chicago’s snow plowing here, and see it visualized with CartoDB here.
via Open City

Sunlight Cities, one of our sister tumblrs, continues to post very cool things. 

sunlightcities:

Tis the season of snow plow data! 

Examine Chicago’s snow plowing here, and see it visualized with CartoDB here.

via Open City

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Data and visualizations, the year in review: FlowingData.com.

Data and visualizations, the year in review: FlowingData.com.

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Money and politics, maps and visuals… follow this blog! ——->

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RECOMMENDED READING: Politicans move to rake in more campaign cash

It’s been a busy year on the fundraising circuit, and it’s little surprise: USA Today finds lawmakers in eight state legislatures have voted to increase campaign contributions for state candidates (and themselves) in 2013. Michigan is the latest state to double the amount of dollars politicians can collect.

USA Today meanwhile also notes six states have no political campaign contribution limits to speak of….

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Unraveling last year’s Sandy Hook gun control fight — in two graphs

Read Sunlight’s series: Guns in America: Lock, stock money and influence.

The tale of last year’s post-Sandy Hook gun control fight in two graphs: a debate full of sound, fury and money.

Lobbying (Graph 1): In an attempt to seize the momentum after the events in Newtown, advocates for gun control went on a K Street hiring spree, upping their lobbying expenditures fivefold. But it wasn’t even close: The NRA alone outspent the entire gun control industry in 2013.

Outside spending (Graph 2): Out-gunned in Washington, independent spending groups like Michael Bloomberg’s Independence USA super PAC took their message of gun control to broadcast markets across the U.S. as the Senate considered a gun control bill with new background checks.

Advocates for gun control spent millions of dollars  to get their word out about gun control issues (the exact amount is obscured, thanks to lax broadcasting disclosure laws). The vote in the Senate failed to materialize due to opposition led by Republicans and conservative Democrats.

Guns in America: Sunlight explores the money and influence behind the post-Sandy Hook 2013 gun fight 
As the nation prepares to mark a grim anniversary this week, the Sunlight Foundation is using its data resources to explore how the battle between gun rights and gun control groups has been waged across the country.  Over the next three days, we’ll be presenting our findings in detail. One overall conclusion, however, is hard to avoid: Sandy Hook has meant more money for lobbyists and campaign consultants. 
We’ll be posting more from the series on this blog. In the meantime, you can follow along with the series here: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2013/12/09/sandy-hook-one-year-later-lots-of-sound-and-money-little-action/

Guns in America: Sunlight explores the money and influence behind the post-Sandy Hook 2013 gun fight 

As the nation prepares to mark a grim anniversary this week, the Sunlight Foundation is using its data resources to explore how the battle between gun rights and gun control groups has been waged across the country.  Over the next three days, we’ll be presenting our findings in detail. One overall conclusion, however, is hard to avoid: Sandy Hook has meant more money for lobbyists and campaign consultants. 

We’ll be posting more from the series on this blog. In the meantime, you can follow along with the series here: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2013/12/09/sandy-hook-one-year-later-lots-of-sound-and-money-little-action/

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From Vizynary… Visualizing migratory patterns in the U.S. (as promoted in The Atlantic):

Approximately 7.1 million Americans moved to another state in 2012. That’s over 2.2% of the U.S. population. The United States has a long history of people picking up and moving their families to other parts of the country, in search of better livelihoods. That same spirit of mobility, a willingness to uproot oneself, seems alive and well today based on the visualization of migration patterns above.