…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:
and the countries of the governmental department or foreign firm paying the lobbyists:
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]
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.
As always, click for a larger image.
Update: network map with all names, and in a zoomable widgethere.
I wanted to put out what’s been done so far on making yesterday’s post more interactive. There’s an awful lot that could be better about this map. Particularly legibility of labels in the core (it’s just too dense). If you want to see names, I suggest looking at the edges of the map.
OpenSecrets.org is offering free access to their collected data about political contributions, and in that vein, I’ve created a network of expenditures by 527’s*. I am looking for a way to make this more detailed for your ease of exploration, so please stay tuned.
*Groups whose primary purpose is to influence elections are exempt from taxation under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code. From NP Action.