NY Senate and Transparency

Congrats to the NY Senate for beginning to open more data at http://www.nysenate.gov/opendata!

Here is the network of Senator Allocations of Funding to Community Projects (CPFs): 2009-2010 by Senator or group and zipcode.  Line width is proportional to funding allocation.


[click for full-size image]

Related: how do we define what’s public data? Some transit agencies are claiming copyright over transit performance.

Senator Allocations of Funding to Community Projects (CPFs): 2009-2010

Foreign Lobbying of NY Congressmen

Thanks to ProPublica and Sunlight Foundation:

…for the first time digitized one year’s worth of FARA records, making them accessible in a searchable database that allows users to easily follow the money and connect the dots. With the Foreign Lobbying Influence Tracker , anyone can quickly learn what governments are lobbying whom, how often and about what. [source @ ProPublica]

Here are the firms the Congressmen and -women from my home state have been meeting with:

Foreign Lobbying of NY Congress
Foreign Lobbying of NY Congress

and the countries of the governmental department or foreign firm paying the lobbyists:

NY Congress Lobbying by Country
NY Congress Lobbying by Country

Health Care Lobbyists Part Deux

Thanks everyone for showing the strong interest in the Lobbyist map.  I got a couple nice mentions at Mother Jones and LittleSis.org, but more importantly, I’ve added in all of the other names in the map.

Circles are people, squares are organizations, and white circles are the lobbyists in question.

If you’d rather the image than the flash bits, here you go, all 2.5MB of it.

A zoomable version of the earlier map is here:

[Thanks to Drew Conway for the Sea Dragon zoomable suggestion]

Best Networked Healthcare Lobbyists? [updated]

The Huffington Post, along with public contributors, has been collecting a list of former Congressional staffers turned healthcare lobbyists.  LittleSis.org has been keeping track of these former staffers, and thanks to their API, we now have a social graph of their relationships.

Former staffers in white (with names), and the rest of the visual field to show that some are MUCH better networked than others.

If there’s interest, I can add the names of the people they are networked with and start some analysis of the group.

HCIU Congressional Staffers Turned Healthcare Lobbyists
HCIU Congressional Staffers Turned Healthcare Lobbyists

As always, click for a larger image.

Update: network map with all names, and in a zoomable widget here.

Healthcare and the Senate Finance Committee

Late last month, the NY Times had an article about the debate over healthcare legislation taking place in the Senate Finance Committee. Coincidentally, around that time, the folks over at LittleSis, the “free database detailing the connections between powerful people and organizations,” were kind enough to give me early access to their API (thanks Kevin and Matthew!).

So from NY Times:

To LittleSis:


Of the named members in the photo, neither Tom Barthold nor Phil Ellis existed at the time in the LittleSis database, but it’s still showing a pretty networked bunch.

I’d like to see someone do this one better, and include donors.