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Which candidates did your neighbors donate to?

The Sunlight Foundation has put together a great interactive map of contributions for the April 23 DC Council at-large special election.

Map by the Sunlight Foundation. Contribution data from the April 15 release
by the DC Office of Campaign Finance.

Their article by Ryan Sibley also shows many other interesting statistics, such as who got money from outside the region, the balance of corporate and individual contributions (Anita Bonds and Michael Brown got only about half individual contributions, while it's nearly 100% for Silverman), and more.

Sibley also notes that while DC's Office of Campaign Finance releases computer-readable data files with contribution information, some data is not in those files, like which candidate goes with a campaign committee. That's in PDFs, but PDF data isn't usable in mash-ups without human work.

What do you notice?

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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So, as usual, the good guys get lots of small donations from lots of people.

by Sydney P on Apr 17, 2013 1:10 pm • linkreport

I am struck by the amount, in general, from outside of DC not just the region). I guess family and friends account for a good portion of it, but it is an interesting metric.

This is also helpful to tell how much was raised inside the District specifically as well.

by Andrew on Apr 17, 2013 1:11 pm • linkreport

What happens to Michael Brown's take ?

by Tom Coumaris on Apr 17, 2013 1:35 pm • linkreport

That Mara and Silverman are competing for the same votes. Hard to tell from the dots but it seems as if their areas overlap.

And that Mara, Frumin and Silverman received the most out of state contributions.

And that this is why I'm usually loathe to donate to campaigns...the public disclosure aspect.

by HogWash on Apr 17, 2013 1:39 pm • linkreport

I'm not sure how you missed those huge out of state contritbutions for Anita Bonds?

by Alan B. on Apr 17, 2013 3:44 pm • linkreport

David, this is a great post, my one problem, small as it may be, is that you call the Sunlight Foundation's blog post an "article" which lends itself to being apart of a publication, or newspaper... that's just me.

by @SamuelMoore on Apr 17, 2013 4:40 pm • linkreport

OK. I just call every blog post an "article." It's an article on a blog. That's the way I use the word, anyway.

by David Alpert on Apr 17, 2013 4:47 pm • linkreport

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