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Politicians displayed on Influence Explorer are current and former elected officials and people who have run for office unsuccessfully, all on both the state and federal levels of government.

Some of this data may be out of date

State influence data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics changed in format and availability during the 2013-2014 election cycle. While we work to integrate their new style of data release, state-level campaign finance data for the 2014 cycle and beyond will be unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience, but heartily recommend trying out their snazzy new site at FollowTheMoney.org!

Campaign Finance

$10,150,570,637 GIVEN

The charts below display contributions to politicians in federal and state races. For federal races, only political contributions over $200 are included in these totals. This is because the Federal Election Commission only requires campaigns to itemize contributions that are more than $200. For state races, the threshhold for itemizing each contribution varies by state.

For more information, see our Campaign Finance Methodology page.

federal data covers from 1989 roughly through Q2 2014
state-level data is not available in bulk for 2014. for current state data, browse http://followthemoney.org/

Recipients of Contributions from In-State and Out-of-State Individuals

These charts show how much money for political races come from in the state the race is relevant to versus out of that state. The bar chart shows top political recipients based on in state contributions and out of state contributions. The interactive pie chart can be used to toggle between top in state and out of state recipients.

Recipients of Contributions from Individuals, Orgs and Org-Associated Individuals

These charts show how much money each type of contributor (PACs associated with organizations, individuals associated with an organization or unaffiliated individuals) has given to politicians. The bar chart shows top recipients based on the type contributor. The interactive pie chart will show you which politician received the most money from each category of giver.
  • Sunlight Foundation
  • Open Secrets
  • National Institute on Money in State Politics
  • Project on Government Oversight

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