There was an interesting post on The Scoop (Derek Willis' weblog on investigative and computer assisted reporting) yesterday that focused on a couple of characteristics of FEC data that deserve more discussion.[Read More]
We've gotten a question about identification of Native American Tribes in the data about specific contributions. Tribes are permitted to make contributions under most of the same rules that apply to individuals - e.g. they can contribute up to $2,400 per election to candidates for federal office.
Isolating these contributions from tribes can be tricky and it is
especially difficult to see how much one tribe has given overall
because different campaigns or committees might use variations on the
name of the tribe when they report the contributions. The comment asks
if we have plans to assign specific ID numbers to these tribes to help
with that aggregation.