2008 Presidential Candidate Donations: McCain vs. Obama
During the 2008 election, there was a lot of talk about money, especially in regards to donations for each candidate. It's well known and data proves that Obama had considerably more money than McCain (not including the DNC or RNC financial injections). We wanted to understand these donations and examine any patterns in the type of donations given.
Since the donation information must be disclosed to the public, we turned to the Federal Election Commission to find a data set containing all donors, the amount they donated as well as other information we may try an explore next (i.e. occupation, zip code, employer). The data set time span is currently from January, 2007 through August, 2008 and we will be updating this information every month, as new data is released.
What we had to work with was over 1.4 million rows of data. We used PHP to parse the content and generate an XML file we could easily work with. As lean as we could make it, the XML file was over 110MB in size. Using Processing we rendered the XML data into our visual representation. Taking millions of rows of data, we created this graph to help quickly discern what types of donations each candidate received in a side-by-side comparison.
Learn more here: http://www.pitchinteractive.com/election2008/