Explore companies, lawmakers and prominent individuals that matter to you and see how they're influencing the political system
Updated information about comments that organizations submit to influence the federal rulemaking process—a lesser-known way for organizations to influence government decisions—has been added to organization pages on Influence Explorer.
The information gives insight into how laws are formed in this country, and whose opinions are heard by the people who shape those laws.
During the last election cycle, Influence Explorer added regularly updated campaign finance data straight from the Federal Election Commission. This raw data allows users to access up to date fundraising information for all federal candidates. (The FEC releases data within one week of the candidate filing.)
At this stage in the 2014 campaign cycle, the data will serve people interested in special elections around the country and will be ready for analysis when the next election heats up.
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Szelena Gray is the Executive Director of Rootstrikers, a new generation of activists founded by Lawrence Lessig to take a stand against the corrupting influence of money in politics. Found a good story about corruption? Use #Rootstrikers.
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For companies whose products we buy every day, it's business as usual to spend millions of dollars to influence public elections. Yet most Americans don’t shop according to their views on money in politics, and if they would, might not know where to begin. On May 19th, Rootstrikers in fourteen cities across the country will aim to change that with a public education campaign about the money that flows into politics from some of our favorite brands.
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