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.
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/
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!
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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.)
From the mad election stat scientists over at Brookings comes another look at the explosion of independent spending:
In this chart from Chapter 3: Campaign Finance in Congressional Elections, you can see that the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision set in motion a dramatic increase in the amount of independent spending by non-party organizations.
All of the graphics!
Here’s a round-up of most of our graphics from our Political 1% of the 1% sereis.