“A gold mine of data will soon be available to help make our political system more transparent, thanks to the Federal Communication Commission. But this gold will be useless unless it’s extracted, shaped, and polished.”
Great How-to for mining political data out of the FCC’s new database and some ideas for what else needs to be done.
After months of discussion, the FCC has made the political files available online. The political files include information about ad buys that political campaigns have made at local TV stations. For more background on the political files, check out our previous ONA Issues posts, here, here and here.
As ProPublica also reports, the new system has a few serious limitations, including the fact that it’s not searchable.