OpenSecrets.org Goes OpenData

Source: Center for Responsive Politics, Press release, April 13, 2009

Award-winning website from the Center for Responsive Politics now provides 20 years of downloadable money-in-politics data–for free.

Politicians, prepare yourselves. Lobbyists, look out. Today the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics is putting 200 million data records from the watchdog group’s archive directly into the hands of citizens, activists, journalists and anyone else interested in following the money in U.S. politics.

For the first time in CRP’s 26-year history, the nonprofit research group’s most popular data archives are fully and freely downloadable for non-commercial purposes from the Center’s website, OpenSecrets.org–a four-time Webby winner for best politics site online. OpenSecrets.org will remain the go-to independent source for most users interested in tracking money’s political influence and, in fact, the site has some new general-interest features as of today.

The following data sets, along with a user guide, resource tables and other documentation, are now available in CSV format (comma-separated values, for easy importing) through OpenSecrets.org’s Action Center:
* CAMPAIGN FINANCE
* LOBBYING
* PERSONAL FINANCES
* 527 ORGANIZATIONS

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