We're now a week out from the midterm elections and the election ads are getting nasty. While there are some great tools for tracking election spending (like those from the Sunlight Foundation), we wanted the ability to actually watch these monstrosities and create a permanent archive to hold these groups and politicians accountable, so we created the AdTracker project on OpenCongress.
AdTracker is built on the OpenCongress wiki and complements RaceTracker, which logged the candidates for each seat. It uses the distributed power of direct citizen research to create galleries of viewable campaign ads for every congressional seat. You can, for example, watch the infamous "Aqua Buddha" ad slinging mud at Republican Rand Paul on the Kentucky senate seat ad page. Or, head over to the Nevada senate seat ad page to watch several ads targeting Democrat Harry Reid using pictures of scary-looking immigrants. Because AdTracker is built using forms that anyone can edit, you can also add links to contextual stories, like the fact that most Kentucky voters think the "Aqua Buddha" was in poor taste or that one of those scary immigrant ads attacking Harry Reid was rated "barely true" by Politifact.Read Full Article
Today is primary day in five states: Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, and Vermont. Up for grabs are eight U.S. Senate primaries, 67 U.S. House primaries, and eight gubernatorial primaries. (Pictured at right: U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-FL, candidate for the U.S. Senate. Photo via OC data partners, Daylife.)
Who's running where for the what now? We got it covered. RaceTracker is up-to-date with links to the declared candidates running in all of these races. This project on the OC Wiki offers helpful, granular views of everyone running in every Congressional district -- and not only in these five states, but in all 50 states nationwide. As always with our work, RaceTracker is a non-partisan public resource wiki, helping to build public knowledge and increase transparency in government. Click through for details on today's elections.Read Full Article
Last night, there were 44 House primaries, 4 Senate primaries, and 7 gubernatorial primaries. You can track them -- in fact, every race in the country, every 2010 midterm -- on our non-partisan, publicly-editable wiki project: RaceTracker. Click through for links to each individual race and a helpful one-sentence summary of exactly where things stand after last night.Read Full Article
As Donny has noted, there have been a number of retirement announcements this week. That must mean it's an election year. OpenCongress has two great resources for keeping track of the electoral picture in 2010: one for prospect candidates, and another for incumbents dropping out.Read Full Article