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We now have a new section called “Fixed Fortunes,” which is Sunlight's analysis and dataset of the money the biggest corporate political donors put into campaigns and lobbying and what they get in return.
Fixed Fortunes shows that between 2007 and 2012, 200 of the most politically active for-profit companies in the United States disclosed spending a total of $5.8 billion influencing Washington through campaign contributions and lobbying, and have benefitted from $4.4 trillion in contracts, grants, loans and subsidies. The number exceeds the $4.3 trillion that 50 million Americans received over the same time period from Social Security. Dig into the data and read our analysis.
After months of research, technical development and manual data entry, we are proud to unveil Foreign Influence Explorer—a new database housed within Influence Explorer that lets users explore how foreign entities influence policy and public opinion in the U.S.
In addition to the new foreign lobbying data, Influence Explorer still features federal campaign finance data from the Federal Election Commission in real-time. As we get closer to the 2014 mid-term elections, find who's spending the most to win a seat in Congress.
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Tuesday brings with it a wave of primary elections as voters head to the polls in eight states: Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota.
As has been the case all year, most of the outside money spent on primaries has gone toward competitive Republican contests. The slugfest in Mississippi between veteran Sen. Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel has drawn bucket loads from Washington-based conservative groups hoping to oust the incumbent.
Meanwhile, a handful of Democratic battles in California prove that just because a race has not attracted millions in super PAC dollars, does not mean that the seat comes cheap. The campaigns of liberal challengers in districts near Los Angeles and San Francisco have netted seven figures as Silicon Valley lawyer Ro Khanna seeks to unseat seven-term Democratic congressman Mike Honda from the solidly blue district.
Top five primary races by outside spending
- Mississippi Senate, $8,047,868
- Iowa Senate, $1,840,651
- California 7th Congressional District, $513,828
- California 31st ...