AG Ferguson: Twitter To Pay $100,000 To Washington State For Multiple Campaign Finance Violations (Washington State Attorney General)

Washington State Attorney General: AG Ferguson: Twitter To Pay $100,000 To Washington State For Multiple Campaign Finance Violations. “Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Twitter will pay $100,000 to Washington’s Public Disclosure Transparency Account for violating the state’s campaign finance disclosure law, which Washingtonians adopted through initiative in 1972. Twitter unlawfully failed to maintain for public inspection records about Washington political ads that ran on its platform from 2012 until Nov. 22, 2019. On that date, Twitter implemented a ban on all political advertising.”

VTDigger (Vermont): VTDigger launches campaign finance database

VTDigger (Vermont): VTDigger launches campaign finance database. “Our campaign finance portal shows readers the top contributors to each campaign, how candidates rank over time and how they compare to each other, along with the raw data that powers the state’s database. This is only the beginning of the tool. Candidates must file new campaign reports on a monthly basis, and we’ll keep adding them along with new insights and features for our readers.”

Houston Chronicle: Arizona officials working to fix campaign finance website

Houston Chronicle: Arizona officials working to fix campaign finance website. “As the election year approaches, Arizona officials continue working to overcome glitches in the state-run campaign finance website, officials said. The website called ‘See The Money’ and its campaign-finance database have not worked properly since the 2018 election, The Arizona Capitol Times reported.”

Follow the Money: Tracking the cashflow of European political parties

This is from a couple of weeks ago but I just found it today. Follow the Money: Tracking the cashflow of European political parties. “Over the past few months, FTM journalists Dieuwertje Kuijpers and Lise Witteman compiled two separate datasets. The first, containing the 2014-2018 annual budgets of the 10 Europarties and their respective thinktanks that currently receive funding from the European Parliament, was released on April 23. The second dataset, containing all 997 traceable donations and contributions made to all 15 existing EU parties and their respective thinktanks between 2014 and 2018, is available today (April 30).”

Ottawa Start: Help OttWatch enter data for 2018 municipal election donations

Ottawa Start: Help OttWatch enter data for 2018 municipal election donations. “After about two weeks of effort, OttWatch and volunteers have digitized almost all campaign donation records for the 2018 municipal election. The website for city hall nerds, run by Kevin O’Donnell, now has more than 2,700 (over 78 per cent) of 3,490 donations for the 2018 vote entered into their database. It’s a much improved way of tracking donations — otherwise you’d have to sift through PDF filings for individual candidates.”

Campaigns & Elections: New Donor Search Tool Offers Access to 300 Million Contribution Records

Campaigns & Elections: New Donor Search Tool Offers Access to 300 Million Contribution Records . “Groups and campaigns can capitalize on a new search tool to scan donor and expenditure data from the federal to the local level across all 50 states. The search platform Ante is an offshoot of Vigilant, the California-based research firm founded by veteran Democratic consultant Mike Phillips. Despite its roots, the tool is open to anyone willing to pay the $99-$299-a-month subscriber fee (there’s also a free and custom tier).” The free tier is minimal, but it IS there.

CT Mirror: Sniff around campaign finances with our new database

CT Mirror: Sniff around campaign finances with our new database. “By the end of August, candidates for offices ranging from state representative to governor reported raising more than $40 million and spending around $30 million in the 2018 election cycle. CT Mirror today is launching CT Campaign Cash, a database tool to ease inspection of those receipts and expenditures.”

The Art Newspaper: Andrea Fraser aims to hold US museum boards to account

The Art Newspaper: Andrea Fraser aims to hold US museum boards to account. “In March, a group of protesters led by photographer Nan Goldin threw pill bottles and staged a die-in at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Sackler Wing. Their objective? Convincing members of the Sackler family, who have donated money and art to the museum as well as many other art institutions, to help combat the opioid crisis that its company, Purdue Pharma, helped stoke with the development of the painkiller OxyContin. At a time of intense political polarisation and extreme economic inequality in the US, people are starting to pay closer attention to the money behind their museums—where board members’ wealth comes from and where else they spend it.”

ProPublica: How You Can Keep Track of the Money Political Committees Spend at Trump Properties

ProPublica: How You Can Keep Track of the Money Political Committees Spend at Trump Properties. “In our FEC Itemizer database, we’ve started tracking details on which committees spend money at Trump-owned properties and how much they spend. The data comes from expenditure reports submitted to the Federal Election Commission by the committees. The data will be updated monthly, and more often when, closer to the election, multiple filing days occur in a month.”

Campaign Finance Institute: Introducing CFI’s Groundbreaking Database Of State Campaign Finance Laws

Campaign Finance Institute: Introducing CFI’s Groundbreaking Database Of State Campaign Finance Laws. “The Campaign Finance Institute is pleased to release a groundbreaking new tool, ‘CFI’s Historical Database of State Campaign Finance Laws’. The database covers all of the states’ campaign finance laws every two years since 1996. It is designed for everything from interactive and visualized lookups to downloadable datasets. “

CNET: Facebook employees donated big bucks to Congress members

CNET: Facebook employees donated big bucks to Congress members. “When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress this week, he’ll address House and Senate members who’ve received sizable campaign contributions from Facebook employees and its political action committee. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Commerce Committee, which are scheduled to conduct a joint hearing with the Facebook chief on Tuesday, have received a total of $604,000 in contributions since 2007, according to the nonpartisan and nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics.”

PublicNow: Political Donations Database Allows Canadians To Follow The Money (PRESS RELEASE)

PublicNow: Political Donations Database Allows Canadians To Follow The Money (PRESS RELEASE). “Postmedia Network Inc. (‘Postmedia’) today announced the launch of the Follow the Money project, a database of political donations that brings together records from all provinces and territories in one easy-to-search tool – a first of its kind in Canada. To bring real transparency to political financing, Postmedia’s 2017 Michelle Lang Fellow, reporter Zane Schwartz, spent a year tracking and gathering more than six million donation records that add up to a sum of about $2 billion. He then worked with data analytics experts at Qlik to develop simple apps to make the records searchable.”

Cleveland .com: Who is donating to Ohio political candidates? Searchable campaign database

Cleveland .com: Who is donating to Ohio political candidates? Searchable campaign database. “We have gathered all of the 2017 contributions to candidates for governor, attorney general and other state offices. (The database does not include federal offices, such as U.S. Senate.) Donors range from political parties, political action committees and companies to your neighbors and colleagues. You can also trace where the money is coming from. Are these politicians receiving most of their money from in-state or out-of-state donors?”

Wilmington News Journal: State launches new tool for accessing campaign finance data

Wilmington News Journal: State launches new tool for accessing campaign finance data. “The new service, dubbed FACE Ohio, is an application programming interface, or API, for campaign finance data. It provides users with a data feed containing up-to-date campaign contributions and expenditures from the Secretary of State’s website, which can then be analyzed and presented however the user chooses.”

MapLight: A Powerful New Tool to Search and Analyze Money in Politics

MapLight: A Powerful New Tool to Search and Analyze Money in Politics. “As Americans unite in frustration with the outsized influence of money in politics, the question of whose money is funding candidates for public office is more vital than ever. With the sheer quantity and complexity of campaign finance data increasing in recent elections, citizens need tools that respond to the challenge, like MapLight’s new Campaign Contribution Search.”