- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - A nonprofit group that specializes in databases tracking the influence of money in politics is making its information available to others.

There are plenty of sources for basic data on campaign contributions. But the Center for Responsive Politics is expanding on that by classifying donations by industry. That makes it easy, for instance, to tell how much members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee received from employees of oil companies.

The center now hopes that others will be able to develop new ways of slicing and dicing the data, such as by matching contributors to locations on an online map.

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