The chart below shows political linkages between the donors to Education Voters of Idaho, Inc., a major funder of the recent yes on Props 1, 2 and 3 campaign. All three propositions failed in Tuesday’s election, setting back Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s reform agenda.
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Idaho’s Fourth District Court forced EVI to reveal the names of its donors just one week prior to the November 6 election. Headlines focused on one surprising name on the group’s financial disclosure form: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but we were curious what tied the other large donors to this cause.
To find out, we took the 25 individual and corporate donors listed on the group’s 11th hour campaign financial disclosure reports, filed with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office, and ran them through the Sunlight Foundation’s Influence Explorer API, which facilitates searches of Federal Election Commission campaign contribution data. The search returned a long list of every federal donation that EVI’s 25 large donors had on file with the FEC. We plugged this information into Google Fusion Tables, and were able to map the contributions based on source, recipient and amount, as you can see below.
At this time, it is not possible to show contribution amounts between nodes of this diagram, but you can view the raw data in the chart below. Also note that we removed the Farm Bureau from the dataset because the sheer number of Farm Bureau contributions nationwide overwhelmed our visualization.
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