Advanced Tools for Political Professionals
Column Heading Sort
Once you have selected on the House or Senate, select a column heading to sort data into an ascending/descending rank of the chamber’s candidates based on any of the four relevant data points. This will allow you to identify who is leading the election cycle for amounts raised, spent, readily available, and debt status.
Researching Individual Candidates
When you select a candidate’s name, Money Watch will display cumulative information on all four financial data points from that candidate's PAC, plotted on a line graph to quickly draw your attention to numerical spikes (i.e. large contributions or expenditures). Once you have identified a spike on a graph, you can dig deeper by selecting "transaction details" to view recent line-item contributions/expenditures. If a particular transaction strikes your interest, you can select the transaction number to obtain more information about the specific in-kind donation or expenditure in question.
Jurisdiction-Specific Horse Races
Instead of selecting an individual legislative candidate name, if you select a district number, Money Watch will display information from all candidates filed in that given race on one line graph--a horse race of sorts. Once you are in that view, select the category you would like to display in a horse race; contributions, expenditures, cash on hand, and balance/deficit. For statewide races, select "graph view" to engage this feature.
Researching Caucus Performance
When you select "House totals" or "Senate totals", Money Watch aggregates data for the collective activities of each caucus' members, each caucus' official PAC, and combined figures. Select "compare" to view head-to-head match ups for any of these categories, along any of the four relevant data points.
Export to Excel
House and Senate tables can be exported to into an Excel spreadsheet, to help political professionals prepare supplemental materials tailored to the specific interests of a client.