Sunlight's new Foreign Influence Explorer allows you to see which countries are spending the most to raise their profiles in the USA.Continue reading
The rise of the million-dollar lobbyist
Lobbying is a very lucrative business. But for some it’s more than very lucrative: It’s million-dollar lucrative.Continue reading
Matching bundlers to fundraisers
Here at the Reporting Group, we’ve always wanted to tie the fundraising invitations in our Party Time database to actual donations reported to the Federal Election Commission by a politician or a political action committee--to be able to show a donor gave money to a politician at a certain event.
It’s nearly impossible, and there's a number of reasons we can't--not least of which is that dates in FEC records don't necessarily correspond to the day a contribution was given. (See here for an explanation.) Even when there's a disclosure intended to shed light ...