Recently I found that the Huffington Post is running a site called FundRace 2008, which allows you to view campaign donation amounts from certain people, areas, job types, or employers. According to their website:
FundRace makes it easy to search by name or address to see which presidential candidates your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors are contributing to. Or you can see if your favorite celebrity is putting their money where their mouth is.
It gives you a google map showing the donors in the area you searched for. Originally created by EyeBeam here are the details:
All calculations are based on public records filed with the FEC of contributions by all individuals totaling more than $200 (and some totaling less than $200) to a single Republican or Democratic presidential campaign or national committee for the 2004 and 2008 election cycles.
FundRace is updated according to the reporting schedule set by the FEC. Public contribution data is geocoded using public U.S. Census Bureau data. Dynamic maps are powered by Google Maps.
Using Fund Race application I did a quick search of bloggers syndicated on Planet GNOME who I’ve seen write on American political topics somewhat actively. Here’s what I found from a small list of people I tried searching for.
$2,300 to Barack Obama
$300 to Ron Paul
Miguel de Icaza
$1,525 to Barack Obama
$600 to John McCain
And here is an incomplete list of companies active on Planet GNOME.
$57,620 was given by people who identified their employer as “sun microsystems*”.
$19,389 to Republicans $38,231 to Democrats
$19,940 was given by people who identified their employer as “red hat*”.
$5,074 to Republicans $14,866 to Democrats
$15,803 was given by people who identified their employer as “novell*”.
$4,710 to Republicans $11,093 to Democrats
$14,340 was given by people who identified their employer as “VMWare*”.
$2,125 to Republicans $12,215 to Democrats
$518 was given by people who identified their employer as “canonical*”.
$268 to Republicans $250 to Democrats
Obviously this is U.S. centric and these numbers aren’t complete. They require accurate census data and the person had to have donated more than $200 to a single campaign, not just $200 in total to multiple campaigns.
I found this tool really interesting precisely because it allowed me to create a report of my little world of who and how much people were putting towards different political agendas. Are we democratizing yet? Of course some people had already actively promoted how much and where it was going.
Now you should do your own searches, please drop the interesting ones in my comments.
I do find it a little weird that real addresses are shown for each person but I can see how you need that information to determine if you’re looking at the correct person, I’m sorry if anyone is upset about that.