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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.

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New in Our Congress API: Bill Subjects, Personal Explanations and Sunsetting Sunlight

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.

New in the Congress API: Congressional Statements and More

Get data on House and Senate press releases and more bill information.

On Health Reform, Democrats and Republicans Don’t Speak the Same Language

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.

Congress API Update

Here’s a status update for developers who use the Sunlight Congress API.

ProPublica’s on IFTTT

We’re relaunching a service that lets you make notifications when some key real-world things happen in Washington.

Politwoops: Explore the Tweets They Didn’t Want You to See

Politwoops tracks deleted tweets by public officials, including people currently in office and candidates for office.

The Continuing Muddle at a Pro-Trump Political Committee

‘America Comes First’ can’t seem to decide if it’s a PAC or a super PAC, but in either case its federal filings remain problematic.

Pro-Trump Group Blew by Basic Campaign Finance Laws

The America Comes First PAC did not disclose its donors before Election Day. And its top funder is banned from the securities industry.  

Sunlight Labs Takeover Update

A status update on the projects we took over from the Sunlight Foundation

Reporting Recipe: Election Administration Data From Electionland

How to use a federal election administration data set to cover the U.S. elections.

That Time I Was Investigated for Voter Fraud

If you think voter fraud is an unprosecuted crime, tell that to the Maryland investigators who knocked on my front door in 2014.

How Are Elections Run in Your County?

One way to predict how the 2016 election will run is to look at how things went the last time we elected a president.

Voting Has Started, and Electionland Is on the Case

Much of the country will vote before Election Day. Starting this week, our Electionland project has begun looking for problems that prevent people from voting.

Election DataBot

This new tool, updated every 15 minutes, collects huge amounts of election data and reports the most interesting details, in real time, about campaign finance filings, congressional votes, polls, forecasts, Google search trends, and more.

Seeing the Real Campaign With ProPublica’s Election DataBot

There are a thousand stories in every political campaign. Here’s how to find the ones you’re missing.

Update: FEC Looking at Super PAC That Hyped Penny Stock

Officers of ‘Voters for Hillary,’ which raised money but reported no political expenditures, had close ties to a Las Vegas firm that the PAC purportedly hired to run a call center.

‘On Like Donkey Kong’: How a Dubious Super PAC Boosted a Questionable Penny Stock

The U.S. government’s loose supervision has spawned many problems with super PACs, but helping to tout shares worth a fraction of a cent would be a new one.

A New Way to Keep an Eye on Who Represents You in Congress

We’re launching a new interactive database that you can use to track congressional votes, bills and members.

Represent: Browse Lawmakers, Votes and Bills

You can browse the latest votes and bills, see how often lawmakers vote against their parties and compare voting records.

Following the Money is Now Easier with FEC Itemizer

Today we’re announcing changes to our FEC Itemizer database that will help you stay informed about who is spending that money and where they are spending it.
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