doctorow at May 18th, 2014 15:00 — #1
philipp at May 18th, 2014 16:20 — #2
Legal and systematic corruption. Make it illegal. Good start for campaign finance reform: http://mayone.us
hurleyef at May 18th, 2014 16:22 — #3
sockdoll at May 18th, 2014 16:45 — #4
The information is kind of infuriating and depressing but at least you found a nice Winsor McCay illustration for it.
strophariad at May 18th, 2014 17:02 — #5
Then there are those dirty hippies who support net neutrality and have for years, even in their platform, and refuse contributions from corporations. But keep it under your hat or decent folk might vote for 'em.
euansmith at May 18th, 2014 17:11 — #6
I'm not from America, so could you please explain why it costs less to buy a Democrat than a Republican?
l_mariachi at May 18th, 2014 18:05 — #8
Wait a minute, what the fuck? Congressmen are allowed to own stock outside of blind trusts?
drew_g at May 18th, 2014 19:15 — #9
ambiguity at May 18th, 2014 21:09 — #10
The Congressmen who sent letters to the FCC condemning Net Neutrality
received 2.3 times more campaign contributions from the cable industry
Not saying they did or didn't do anything sleazy (my guess is the former), but this is kind of a meaningless statistic. We hear how much above the mean it is, but without knowing what the variances on these contribution tend to be we don't know if this is statistically significant. If the sigma on the distribution of money to vote is, say, 4x, then these would not be a meaningful result.
Like I said, I imagine that this is a significant result, but I find it frustrating that I have to imagine. I wish news organizations would report in a way that actually gives mathematically useful numbers.
redesigned at May 19th, 2014 03:11 — #11
i hope breaking the internet for americans, and driving tech innovation overseas was worth their vacation homes and private yacts. classic profit over freedom move.
euansmith at May 19th, 2014 05:39 — #12
I find "post withdrawn" messages fascinating at the best of times, but I've not had a reply to my posts withdrawn before... I'm intrigued
doctorow at May 19th, 2014 09:07 — #13
You mean like this?
sparkym at May 19th, 2014 14:03 — #14
Cute idea but I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd love to sell you cheap if you believe for one second that congress is going to vote against its own interest. If anything they'll just pocket the money and say 'Thanks suckers.'
philipp at May 19th, 2014 14:53 — #15
They're not out to convince candidates, rather, they'll support the campaigns of those politicians already committed to one of these reforms: http://reform.to/#/reforms
drew_g at May 20th, 2014 00:02 — #16
Just a reply to the wrong person, sorry.
euansmith at May 20th, 2014 04:02 — #17
Doh - there goes the mystery out of my life:smiley: D
ambiguity at May 20th, 2014 11:26 — #18
This -- and opensecrets.org -- are great sites, but it's more or less categorized raw data without any of the analytics that are needed to draw deeper insights. From these data it would be possible to do the kind of "insight analytics" I'm speaking of, but no one has really done it in a focused way (as far as I can tell). People will do it on a specific topic or issue at times, but no one (again, as far as I know) takes the larger horizontal slice that's really needed to understand the data in context. It's good to know, for example, who contributes to your local representatives and to see how they vote, but what's lacking is a wider picture about how that compares to other representatives, what issues they've voted against despite contributions, etc. On the highest level, for example, is X's vote on Y statistically significant? Is it a single point is X swayed in a way that can be shown over a multitude of issues to be significantly correlated to contributions?
We all "know" the answer, but our knowing isn't particularly well informed without these wider views.
I think such a wider view would be an interesting and important project. Unfortunately I don't have the time, despite having some of the skills needed....
doctorow at May 23rd, 2014 15:01 — #19
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