We Show The Money
weshowthemoney is a visual approach to the US election donation.
We have taken the data from National Institute on Money in State Politics a nonpartisan organization dedicated to the documentation and research on campaign financing at the state level.
For now we have used only data about Governors elected in 2006 and the top 100 donors. Currently we show only donors who donated to more than one candidate or a single donation bigger than 100000 $.
The image here is the result of our first attempt to show the data using the fantastic prefuse visualization library .
It's a prototype, now we want to build a real platform with data retrieved in real time and the opportunity to build map and share and comment them.
What We Need
We need to raise enough money to buy/rent the servers and to finish development. If we raise enough money we will push it to a real platform and a way to investigate on how donors are influencing politcs. We want to show the money!
restart the website and make the prototype available (easy)
update the tool to convert the data from FTM and produce map with fresh data (quite easy)
develop the community edition with the ability to save the map and add comments an note to share your discoveries (ouch this is hard!)
integrate the data with the information from WIKIPEDIA and other media (quite hard)
We hope that the succes of this project will show more clearly to everyone what is influencing their Governor and act consequently. Donation or Bribery ?
Other Ways You Can Help
We hope you will share this project ! We need more contributors