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FEC data available as a widget and API!

No, The FEC isn’t doing this; MAPLight.org is. But, the FEC is providing the data in an an open format with detailed documentation which makes this all possible (see Files by Election Cycle at the FEC site).

MAPLight.org is providing access to Federal Elections Commission (FEC) data through an API (application programming interface) that makes it easy for any Web developer to build their own site or software program that displays or shares up-to-date campaign contributions from the FEC (www.maplight.org/widgets/apis) and through widgets (www.maplight.org/widgets) that allow anyone to track presidential fundraising on their own blogs, social media sites, and personal Web sites.

Both services, the widgets and the API, are free and open source, so anyone can use or modify them as they see fit.

Here is an example of a widget (but you can customize for your own site, of course!).

The MAPLight.org presidential widget is the first of several more widgets that the organization will release. By September 15, MAPLight.org will release a widget for U.S. Congress, showing total campaign contributions for each candidate for Congress. By September 30, MAPLight.org will release its "Money and Votes" widget, revealing correlations between campaign contributions and votes for any bill in U.S. Congress. To be notified when MAPLight.org releases these widgets, visit www.maplight.org/participate/signup. MAPLight.org is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Berkeley, California. Its search engine at MAPLight.org illuminates the connection between money and politics (MAP) via an unprecedented database of campaign contributions and legislative outcomes.

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