Site Spotlight #3: Anomaly Tracker – OpenSecrets Blog

Cash anomalies in Congress are revealed by new tracker.
Cash anomalies in Congress are revealed by new tracker.

The Center for Responsive Politics keeps an eye out for bad eggs in Congress, and who keeps them rotten with cash.  Now they have a new tool to help citizens and voters keep an eye on that basket.

For years, our researchers have analyzed and crunched numbers looking for outliers — instances where a politician relies to an unusual degree on one group of donors, for instance, or contributors from one geographic area dominate a candidate’s fundraising. Earlier this week we introduced a new tool so users of our site can join us in this search: the Anomaly Tracker.

We’ve set it up to look for four different types of anomalies:

Lawmakers sponsoring legislation that was lobbied by only one company or other organization whose employees or PAC also donated to the sponsoring lawmakers.

Lawmakers receiving twice as much in contributions from their top donors as their next highest donors.

Lawmakers receiving twice as much in contributions from their top donor industries as their next highest donor industries.

Lawmakers receiving more than 50 percent of their itemized contributions from out of state.

See the Anomaly Tracker at the OpenSecrets Blog.