The Growing Dark Money Churn
From the good folks at OpenSecrets:

This visualization represents the flow of dark money since 2008 as it relates to the top 10 most politicized groups. The information shown includes all of the money the Center for Responsive Politics has discovered flowing to each organization, all grants made by each organization to other politically active nonprofits, and all political spending (as reported to the FEC) by both the organization itself and its recipients, during the period covered by the donor organization’s IRS. Graphic by Anna Flagg.

Remember: This is interactive! Go to CRP’s website to enjoy the full experience!

The Growing Dark Money Churn

From the good folks at OpenSecrets:

This visualization represents the flow of dark money since 2008 as it relates to the top 10 most politicized groups. The information shown includes all of the money the Center for Responsive Politics has discovered flowing to each organization, all grants made by each organization to other politically active nonprofits, and all political spending (as reported to the FEC) by both the organization itself and its recipients, during the period covered by the donor organization’s IRS. Graphic by Anna Flagg.

Remember: This is interactive! Go to CRP’s website to enjoy the full experience!

Posted 9 months ago
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Biden’s B-day: A partying year in review

We interrupt our normal viz programming to promote this wonderful photo (and interactive map) of ‘Party Time’ Joe Biden’s fundraising schedule. Happy Birthday, Joe!

Be sure to follow Sunlight’s Political Party Time tumblr for the latest and greatest in political fundraising.

politicalpartytime:

It’s the Vice President’s 71st birthday and he’s had little time for celebration — what with the politicking, speech-giving and fundraising that goes into being the Veep.

In honor of Joe’s Big Day, Party Time has compiled an interactive map of all Joe’s fundraising exploits of the past year.

Follow the link and click on the Cups of Joe (get it?!) to learn more about some of the high-priced shindigs the Vice Partier has graced with his presence in 2013.

(Pictured below: An actual satellite image of Biden returning from official business in Panama back to the party circuit.) 

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Liz Cheney And The Family Business: A Chart of All Congressional Dynasties

From Time’s Swampland blog:

During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous” on Sunday, former vice president Dick Cheney was bullish on his daughter Liz’s chances of winning the Republican Senate primary in Wyoming next summer, stating flatly that she is “going to win.”  The younger Cheney is challenging three-term senator Mike Enzi in a much-watched race that won’t be decided until August.

A poll with a sample size of one consisting of the candidate’s father is bound to have a few statistical weaknesses. Should Dick Cheney’s prophecy come true, however, his daughter will have amble company in the fraternity of lawmakers with relatives who served in past or present congresses.

According to TIME’s analysis of the Congressional Biographical Directory, which includes family relationships between past and present lawmakers, there are 37 current members who have a relative who served in Congress. Here, those lineages are arranged in a chart from newest to oldest names.

Via FastCoDesign and Information Is Beautiful:
How Many Lines Of Code Is Your Favorite App?

A military drone has 3.5 million lines of code inside. That’s roughly three times as many as we find in bacteria, meaning that mankind has, at least by one metric, constructed semi-autonomous machinery more complex than life itself.
Interestingly enough, you’ll note that software is not getting longer as time goes on. Windows Vista (2007), for instance, had 50 million lines of code, while Windows 7 shaved that figure down to 40 million. […] Meanwhile, mobile operating systems like Android have been engineered as ultra lightweight, built from just over 10 million lines of code.
But be sure to read the graphic all the way to the bottom. The kicker is a doozy.

Via FastCoDesign and Information Is Beautiful:

How Many Lines Of Code Is Your Favorite App?

A military drone has 3.5 million lines of code inside. That’s roughly three times as many as we find in bacteria, meaning that mankind has, at least by one metric, constructed semi-autonomous machinery more complex than life itself.

Interestingly enough, you’ll note that software is not getting longer as time goes on. Windows Vista (2007), for instance, had 50 million lines of code, while Windows 7 shaved that figure down to 40 million. […] Meanwhile, mobile operating systems like Android have been engineered as ultra lightweight, built from just over 10 million lines of code.

But be sure to read the graphic all the way to the bottom. The kicker is a doozy.

Posted 9 months ago
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Political donations by county: two decades of change.

From the Sunlight Foundation blog:

Some 30 percent of all the money raised in last year’s presidential election came from just 10 of the nation’s more than 3,000 counties, all of them in major metropolitan areas. But a high proportion of multi-millionaires placed a couple of sparsely populated Wyoming counties among the last election cycle’s highest per-capita givers.

These are just a few of the interesting patterns of political influence that the Sunlight Foundation is beginning to uncover from a partnership with a Philadelphia-based firm that specializes in mapping and geo-spatial analysis. Over the summer, we worked together to create location-based analyses of the federal campaign finance data displayed on Influence Explorer. The partnership produced new and more accurate ways to identify trends in political spending through the power of data vizualization.

sunlightcities:

So many open data news stories and data visualizations out of Philly this month! 
Check this out: 
Real Estate Tax Delinquency map for Philadelphia

<3 Philly!

sunlightcities:

So many open data news stories and data visualizations out of Philly this month! 

Check this out: 

Real Estate Tax Delinquency map for Philadelphia

<3 Philly!

Reblogged 10 months ago from sunlightcities
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The 1,000 political donors who stand to benefit most from McCutcheon v. FEC.

From Sunlight’s blog:

This portrait of the top 1,000 donors gives an insight into how lifting aggregate individual contribution caps could change the dynamics of campaigns. It suggests that Republicans would be more likely to benefit than Democrats, and that high finance would become even more central as a political gatekeeper.

From The Atlantic:

Two researchers, Mark Graham and Stefano De Stabbata, at the Oxford Internet Institute have depicted the world’s “Internet empires” in a map, [above]. The map shows each nation’s most popular website, with the size of nations altered to reflect the number of Internet users there.

The map makes for a brief, informative look at how geographic—and universal—certain web tastes and habits are.

Sen. Ted Cruz&#8217;s marathon 21 hour speech as a word cloud.

Sen. Ted Cruz’s marathon 21 hour speech as a word cloud.

Posted 10 months ago
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