Big data reveals hidden patterns of political contributions
The Forest of Advocacy
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Our first family of visualizations is the “Forest of advocacy.” These visualizations provide a dynamic look at the partisan tilt of giving within organizations. For each organization, individuals are characterized as points sketching out a line over time. The X axis is time, and the Y axis represents the net partisan tilt of contributions over the preceding 6 months. Over the decades, one sees lines sketched out, reflecting the partisanship of individuals over time. For each organization, we also provide the net contributions of the entire organization, and the names of biggest Democratic, Republican, and “bipartisan” contributors (the individual with the highest product of Democratic and Republican contributions).
The video above provides an overview of the visualization—we recommend you look at this first. We have chosen eight organizations for our initial analysis: the ACLU, Bain Capital, Bain Company, Boston Consulting Group, Goldman Sachs, Harvard Business School, Heritage Foundation, and McKinsey Company. You can click below for the visualization associated with each organization..
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