It’s campaign season in Missouri. Politicians are raising money, running ads and stumping across the state.
To help you keep track of your elected officials, we have developed Show Me the Money, a database of individual campaign contributions. Using this app, you can see the top contributors to Missouri officeholders and candidates for statewide office, the Missouri Legislature and the U.S. Congress. See it online at stltoday.com/campaignfinance.
Show Me the Money lets you search for politicians and contributors by name, learn what bills your state legislators have sponsored, and see each politician’s top individual and industry contributors. You can even personalize the app: Entering your address on the “Your Politicians” page will list politicians who represent you.
Campaign finance data is tricky. To produce this app, we rely on the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute for Money in State Politics, which gather political contribution data. We use CRP’s data for federal politicians and we use NIMSP’s data for state politicians. Both organizations clean up what can be very messy data by standardizing it and grouping donors by industry.
Show Me the Money has limitations. For example, it includes contributions from individuals, but not those from PACs or so-called “dark money” groups. The app does not include local politicians, such as mayors or school board members. You can learn more about the data by visiting the “About this app” page.
Show Me the Money will give you new insight into your elected officials. It’s important to know who is giving to them, and what legislation they are sponsoring.
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