We are relatively new to the political arena; however we do know big data. Everyone on our team has grown up working in data-heavy industries. RedBlueTracker was started after I read multiple news articles stating “facts” around donations and realized there was no easy way to verify the origins and amounts. We then dug into the Federal Election Commission (FEC) database and realized that politicians are hiding in plain sight.
In 2015 and 2016, candidates reported 54 million different donations. Over the same period, 26 million expenditures were also recorded at the Federal level. The massive numbers make it virtually impossible for the average voter to really understand where the donations are coming from and where the money is being spent.
Our goal is to provide an easy-to-use format to understand the flow of political donation and expenditures, both at the State and Federal level. We want the average voter to know who is funding their candidate and who is funding his or her opponent. We also want the average donor to easily know how his or her money is being spent.
Candidates have used the full-disclosure requirements to overload the system making manual oversight the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. Our goal is to remove all the noise so that voters and donors can really understand the flow of money.