John Nichols: Data Mining American Voters. politicians and political campaigns have been date mining the electorate for years. In his new book, Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America, he and Robert W. McChesney analyze how date mining is used not only to manipulate voters but also to maximize fundraising and attract donors.
Political experts estimate $6 billion will be spent on the 2012 presidential elections — a large chunk via anonymous donors thanks to a Supreme Court ruling allowing unlimited corporate campaign donations. "More than 35.5 million Americans lived in households (before the recession) unable to consistently purchase adequate food. These results come from the first ever state-by-state analysis of early childhood hunger using data collected by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Heavy Hitters: Top All-Time Donors, 1989-2014 | OpenSecrets INTERESTING that many donate to both LABELS: Dem & Rep. Apparently thinking that way no matter who gets in their agenda was bought and paid for.
Political Moneyball, The Wall Street Journal - WSJ.com To visualize the relationships among political contributions, The Wall Street Journal used social network software to map more than a million records of donor data tracked by the Federal Election Commission.