The Political Moneyball


Uncover the web of political contributions with WSJ's Political Moneyball, powered by CartoDB. Visualizing over a million connections in real-time.

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The Political Moneyball

This week  The Wall Street Journal rolled out its >Political Moneyball graphic  a visualization of the connections between political action committees  super PACS  campaigns and individuals. Based on the latest official Federal Election Commission data for the 2012 election  the project visualizes more than one million connections between donors and committees. The data is updated every month.

The graphic has been designed and built by WSJ's Andrew Garcia Phillips  Sarah Slobin and Jovi Juan. CartoDB handles all data analysis and dynamically displays the links between donors and committees.

A piece published on Washington Wire explains how similar donor groups cluster together  what the color and the size of the circles mean  and how to share a view. The project includes a full tutorial on how to use and navigate the graphic  and encourages the role of readers in exploring the donations and linking the dots.

Here are a couple of views of the Political Moneyball:

Donors to Gillibrand for Congress

map of donors to Gillibrand for Congress


Money received by Obama for America

map of money received by Obama for America


This is one of the most amazing uses of CartoDB we’ve seen thus far  and it's great to see how CartoDB has helped to manage and explore such a big database in real time. And a big congratulations to the WSJ’s graphic team for this amazing visualization.