Finally. A week out from the Nov. 2 midterm election, the Federal Election Commission unveils a searchable, online database of independent expenditures.
Check it out at this link: http://www.fec.gov/data/IndependentExpenditure.action?format=html
Until this site, individuals interested in independent expenditures filed with the FEC — those expenses promoting or opposing a candidate that take place outside a candidate’s control — had to plod through gawd-awful online lists, deploy “find on screen” techniques and use (gasp) calculators.
Opensecrets.org has recently made this information more readily available, too, but it is nice to go directly to the source.
I did a quick search on the 11th Congressional District candidates, Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney and GOP nominee David Harmer, and found a total of $1.5 million has been spent. The bulk of the money has gone into anti-Harmer campaign.
I downloaded the data, did a quick pivot table and here is the breakdown:
- Oppose Harmer: $1,038,292
- Support Harmer: $6,471
- Oppose McNerney: $391,235
- Support McNerney: $68,228