Derek Willis is a news applications developer at ProPublica, focusing on politics and elections. He previously worked as a developer and reporter at The New York Times, a database editor at The Washington Post, and at the Center for Public Integrity and Congressional Quarterly. He began his journalism career at The Palm Beach Post. He is a co-founder of OpenElections, a project to collect and publish election results from all 50 states.
ProPublica is making available the quarterly records of itemized contributions to presidential candidates by state. Track the money going into presidential campaigns using ProPublica’s interactive database, FEC Itemizer.
Beginning in 2012, operatives used a federal PAC to target small-dollar donors, claiming they’d use the money to oppose Barack Obama. But that’s not what happened.
Presidential candidates must file their campaign finances quarterly and their next deadline is July 15. Keep track of the money they’re raising and spending using ProPublica’s interactive database, FEC Itemizer.
She has agreed to a more open process, but amendments backed by both parties have become a rarity in polarized Washington.
Strategies that let super PACs delay revealing their donors until after the election are gaining popularity among both Democrats and Republicans.
Today’s legislative branch, far from the model envisioned by the founders, is dominated by party leaders and functions as a junior partner to the executive, according to an analysis by The Washington Post and ProPublica.
We’ll show you what’s really new, what’s important, where races are heating up, where the money is flowing and what news is happening. And those are just our first steps.
Political nonprofits don’t have to disclose the names of their donors. But thanks to a good-government group, you can now find out about nearly $763 million in donations to these “dark money” organizations.
Track the money that goes into the president’s pocket from political campaigns and taxpayers.
Our Congress API now lets programmers access lobbying data. It also lets them find congressional press releases that mention bills.
Our FEC Itemizer Database now tracks spending at hotels, restaurants and other facilities owned by the Trump Organization.
ProPublica’s database of campaign filings now includes spending by political committees at Trump Organization properties.
We asked readers to help us reconceive and redesign an interactive database that tracks Congress. Here’s how the process worked.
It’s not too early to think about reporting on the midterm elections. Get a head start using our free, near-real-time database.
Newly revealed records show sloppy practices that could put millions of people’s information at risk.
What you need to know about some new features in our Congress API, as well as details on our plans to turn off the Sunlight Congress API on Aug. 31.
Get data on House and Senate press releases and more bill information.
We analyzed more than 575 press releases from representatives and senators about the Affordable Care Act and its repeal. Democrats, we found, speak more often and are more united.
Here’s a status update for developers who use the Sunlight Congress API.