In an exciting release of a treasure trove of data on money in U.S. politics, the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) is making public 200 million data records from the group’s archive. Data from the organization’s well-respected Web site, OpenSecrets.org, will now be available for free to anyone who wants to (for non-commercial purposes) grab the data and mash it up with other data sets. This includes data on campaign finance, lobbying, personal finances, and 527 organizations. CRP Executive Director Sheila Krumholz said, “Putting our data into more hands will put more eyes on Washington and, we hope, engage more Americans in their government.” The OpenSecrets OpenData initiative is funded by a grant from Sunlight Foundation.
Hat tip to beSpacific for the link.
[Posted by Emily Feldman]