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What's New

Going Real-Time!

We're excited to announce that we're starting a new chapter in the life of Influence Explorer. Going forward, Influence Explorer's goal will be to get crucial influence data to you as soon as IT'S available. Our mission will be to publish useful data as soon as possible to support the work of reporters, watchdogs and researchers who need to know what's happening right now.

The necessary trade-off with live streams is that data quality will be heavily influenced by the quality of releases from the government. We'll be working iteratively to improve the automated systems that we've developed to improve that quality without sacrificing speed, but be aware that this data is not meant to be authoritative. Instead, it should be viewed as a resource for tracking live events and generating leads for new investigations.

So please explore these new resources, and give us your feedback!

Retiring TransparencyData

Along with the changes coming to Influence Explorer, we'll also be phasing out the TransparencyData project. TransparencyData started more than five years ago as a resource for mashing up data from OpenSecrets.org and FollowTheMoney.org, along with a few other sources. In the years since, both OpenSecrets and FollowTheMoney have matured and today each makes their data available both in bulk and through APIs. At Sunlight, we're thrilled to see that, and recognize the limited utility of having a third-party API that republishes these resources.

With that in mind, and with huge congratulations to our partners at the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in State Politics, we're retiring TransparencyData. Starting in September 2015, we are deprecating the Influence Explorer and TransparencyData APIs. They will be turned off beginning January 2016.

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    regularly updated news and analysis using Influence Explorer

    Campaign intelligence: Money flows to Republican primaries

    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 

    1. Mississippi Senate, $8,047,868
    2. Iowa Senate, $1,840,651
    3. California 7th Congressional District, $513,828
    4. California 31st ...
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