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: http://www.opensecrets.org/action/data.php.

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

-CAMPAIGN FINANCE:
“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.”

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

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

527 ORGANIZATIONS:
“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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