Data on contributions for both state and federal elections from the Campaign Finance Institute. Includes interactive graphics and tables demonstrating data points, such as dollars per vote and state competitiveness compared to nationwide metrics.
The Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, as amended by the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, requires all active registrants to file quarterly activity reports with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and Secretary of the U.S. Senate. Access these reports to learn more about how entities or people who employ or retain another person for compensation to conduct lobbying activities on their behalf.
Federal Level Finance & Budget Research
Use the following freely available resources to research how the federal government is spending money, including budget-allocations and contracts with 3rd parties.
How the Federal budget is prepared each year, focusing on three broad categories, federal agency spending (discretionary spending), Interest on debt, and funding social security, medicare, veterans benefits, and other mandatory spending required by law.
Data Lab’s mission is to promote transparency of government finances by providing engaging and informative data-driven analyses of federal spending data. Sources include government agencies, USAspending.gov, and other publicly available data sources.
The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 requires that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) establish a single searchable website, accessible to the public at no cost.
The System for Award Management (SAM.gov) is an official website of the U.S. Government. You can use this site to:Register to do business with the U.S. Government, Search for entity registration and exclusion records, Search for assistance listings (formerly CFDA.gov), wage determinations (formerly WDOL.gov), contract opportunities (formerly FBO.gov), contract data reports (formerly part of FPDS.gov), View and submit BioPreferred and Service Contract Reports, and Access publicly available award data via data extracts and system accounts
State Level Finance & Budget Research
Use these freely available resources to research how the government is spending money on the local or state levels. Local research is challenging, as each state has its own web-prescense, rules, and systems for sharing this type of information.
Each State Government will have their own webpage for spending. For example, here isNew York'sOpen Budget website which starts at the state level but can be broken down by county. Try a google search like 'Office of the State Comptroller for X." Here is New York's, as an example.
Truth in Accounting (TIA) is a non-partian effort to compel governments to produce financial reports that are understandable, reliable, transparent and correct. Data-Z (formerly State Data Lab) is a project of Truth in Accounting. This site extends TIA’s core capabilities by surrounding our data and analysis with tools and external data for context. The site is intended to enable citizens, the press, legislators and staff, think tanks and financial analysts to better understand their state governments’ financial and economic condition. The site contains state financial data and external demographic and economic data, along with tools ranging from graphs to regression, ranking and compound growth analysis. Site users are able to select relevant data and perform their own analysis, enabling them to make informed decisions about alternatives to address state fiscal issues.