I think we have the Campaign Spending Commission’s associate director, Tony Baldomero, for adding contributions and other data for the latest period (January-June 2013) to the campaign database at data.hawaii.gov.
The contribution database is now complete for the period November 8, 2006 right through June 30, 2013.
You can easily look at just the contributions made during 2013, or look back at the period of your choice for any candidate or all candidates. Individual, corporate, and PAC contributions are all there.
Just for fun, I sorted out contributions to Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s campaign during 2013, beginning with those giving the maximum of $6,000 during the first six months of the year.
In this first pass, I also looked at all who gave at least $4,000 to the governor in the same period. This larger list is sorted first by amount, then by the name of the donor’s employer.
It’s mostly all the usual suspects.
Contractor NAN, Inc. popped to the top with six company officers each contributing $6,000 to the governor on June 28, for a company total of $36,000.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll repeat myself. Having these data available in this readily usable form makes it possible to get a much fuller view of how money is flowing through the election process. I know that I’m still getting used to the rich new data world.
The more people who spend time browsing through the data and tinkering with new kinds of questions, the richer understanding we’ll all have.