Revolvers’ Dollars: The Cash Behind K Street

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It’s a well-known Washington truism that the place to get rich is on #KStreet. But if you really want to strike it big, head through the revolving door.

That’s because lobbyists with government experience most likely make three times as much as those without it - and significantly more than a member of Congress.

Explore the cash behind K Street in Sunlight’s new series - Revolvers’ Dollars: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/01/21/revolving-door-lobbyists-government-experience/

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. :)

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.

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!

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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.

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.

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5 Years of Political Party Time!
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5 Years of Political Party Time!

From assault rifle raffles to March Madness fund-a-thons to swanky out-of-town retreats, our Political Party Time database has seen a lot throughout its nearly 18,000 political fundraisers!

Five years later, we’re covering the highlights for you in slick, shareable dataviz. Check back throughout the day for more info on the partying habits of your pols!

Our partying partner Political Party Time's got more amazing infographics for you to check out today on their new Tumblr! Give them a follow or check out the story here to track the fundraising habits of your lawmakers!

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