PacTrack: Deobfuscate & Visualize U.S. Political Funding
October 16, 2018 7:26 AM   Subscribe

PacTrack: Deobfuscate & Visualize U.S. Political Funding
Political action committees (PACs) obscure which candidates they fund through layers of contributions to intermediary PACs. I built this tool to help untangle those relationship and show how money moves through webs of PACs to political candidates you might not expect.

N.B. The default view is just the top connections for the given cycle. Every federal candidate should be present in the data, to see a specific candidate you just have to use the search inputs.
Role: programmer, designer
posted by zazerr (5 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

This is incredible. Thank you.
posted by narwhal at 3:13 PM on October 16


This is amazing. I'm going to pass it around to my friends that work at think tanks and agencies for better governing.
posted by xammerboy at 6:08 PM on October 16 [1 favorite]


Thank you! that was a LOT of work.
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 2:28 PM on October 18 [1 favorite]


You, sir, are a scholar and a gentleman.
posted by XMLicious at 12:46 AM on October 22 [1 favorite]


This is really cool, but I noticed it missed a few names when parsing through the data, for example https://pactrack.us/#/2018/dest/C00002931/ is NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTIONS
posted by gryftir at 9:59 PM on November 3


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