Open Secrets – Open Data

The Center for Responsive Politics is posting 200 million data records on-line today — FOR FREE.  The data set will be available at:

According to an announcement on, the following data sets, are now available in CSV format:

“195 million records dating to the 1989-1990 election cycle, tracking campaign fund-raising and spending by candidates for federal office, as well as political parties and political action committees.”

“3.5 million records on federal lobbyists, their clients, their fees and the issues they reported working on, dating to 1998.”

“Reports from members of Congress and the executive branch that detail their personal assets, liabilities and transactions in 2004 through 2007.”

“Electronically filed financial records beginning in the 2004 election cycle for the shadowy issue-advocacy groups known as 527s.”
[Hat tip to Ellen Miller and the Sunlight Foundation]

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