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POLI SCI 109B: The Politics of Public Policy: Follow the Money

Is Congress Bought?

Is the congressional power to create U.S. law being sold to highest spender?  The following sources allow you to track campaign contributions to a congressional member and track how the member voted, among other ways money can influence politics.  

These sources are free to anyone:

  • -- From the Center for Responsive Politics
  • Sunlight Foundation -- Nonpartisan non-profit that advocates for open government.  Provides many tools and API (Application Programming Interface) for tracking money influencing Congress.
  • Federal Election Commission's Data Catalog --  Find campaign finance information from the FEC.  Other areas of the site allow for chart creation, data on Super PACs, etc.
  • LobbyView -- via MIT, allows tracking of lobby funds going back to the late 1990's for many organizations, companies, cities, etc.  Track by organization or bill number. Also provides access to lobbying disclosure forms.

The below sources are restricted to UCB ONLY:

Congressional Spending on Congress

The U.S. Congress is required to publish the receipts and expenditures of all its committees, leadership, and members.  Both the House and the Senate publish this information quarterly.