Money Web: See Who’s Contributing to the Presidential Candidates, Social Network-Style

April 19th, 2007

Internet/politics legend Mike Cornfield, who’s also here in LA for the Knight New Media Center seminar on Covering Politics in Cyberspace, just shot me a link to a groovy new application from OpenSecrets.org — it’s a browsable, graphical representation of who’s giving money to which presidential candidates. In a classic network-analysis format, it represents candidates and donors with circles and connections as lines. It’s also a Flash application with lots of nifty interaction: for instance, click on a candidate, then click on a big donor or on a category of donor, and up jumps the web of THE DONOR’S political links, along with the amounts they’ve contributed to each candidate (hmmmmm, Goldman Sachs LOVES Obama and Romney — a winning cross-party ticket if I ever heard of one — but doesn’t have quite as much juice for Hillary, Edwards and Dodd). Here’s a snapshot of a sample page; go dig around and see what you can find.
Money Web campaign contributions database

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  • 1. Just6Dollars  |  April 19th, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    Excellent tool! It could come in handy for keeping track of influence of money on policy.

  • 2. Skye Bender-deMoll  |  April 30th, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    you may also be interested in the entry in the sunlight contest:

    network maps of political contributions

    http://unfluence.primate.net/

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