Corporations and the individuals that work for them spend millions of dollars each year funding political candidates and their committees. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) collects this data and makes it available to the public. Up until this point that data has been buried in large databases that are not very user-friendly.
At Progressive Shopper, we’ve taken this data directly from the FEC and put it in context – letting you know who companies support and how that compares to their competitors.
Companies have made a choice. Now it’s your turn.
Colors & Iconography
Blue indicates donations made to Democrats
Red indicates donations made to other political parties (typically Republicans).
A red octagon indicates a serious problem.
A yellow triangle indicates a warning.
A green circle indicates a success.
We have also expanded our tracking beyond money-in-politics, which we call “Serious Issues.” These issues and their sources include:
- Money-in-Politics via Center for Responsive Politics
- Fox News advertisers via Media Matters
- Enablers of the gun industry via Guns Down America and Business Must Act
- Funds anti-abortion politicians via Equity Forward
- Enablers of Donald Trump via #GrabYourWallet
- Pinkwashers of LGBT+ rights via All Out and Human Rights Campaign
- Tax evaders via Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
- Funds private prisons via Real Money Moves
- Enables deforestation / fossil fuels via Rainforest Action Network
- Paid leave policies via PL+US and the National Partnership for Women & Families
- Overpaid CEOs via As You Sow
- Funds climate deniers via League of Conservation Voters
Here’s what we’re working on now:
- Corporate COVID-19 Index
- Funders of anti-racial-justice politicians via NAACP and The Plug
- Bad sourcing policies via Oxfam
We are constantly exploring other issues and sources to take on. If you have an idea of a datasource for us to explore, please contact us to share!
Want to know more?
The data on the site covers the 2016, 2018, and 2020 election cycles.
We will try to update the data as often as we can to give you the latest view of the data – likely three to four times per year.
The data provided by the FEC is open to the public and includes:
- donations of more than $200 in a cycle
- the name, address, employer, and occupation of each donor
- the beneficiary of the political donation (for example, candidates, political parties, and independent groups).
For purposes of this data we’ve only included contributions that the FEC has definitively labeled as going to Democrats and Republicans.
If you want to learn more about money in politics, check out the Federal Election Commission (FEC.gov).