A new campaign finance web site is circulating the Capitol Twitterverse. Dollar, Dollar, Bill allows users to see in graphic format how contributions are stacking up in California political races. The site scans theSecretary of State‘s database every 20 minutes and displays contributions to campaigns and IEs associated with legislative races and ballot measures.
The tool is the brainchild of Ryan Hughes, a staffer in the office of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. Hughes says Dollar, Dollar, Bill is nonpartisan. “This project is completely objective and without commentary,” he said in a statement announcing the site. “It’s designed to give everyone an intuitive look at how much money is being raised and spent in our elections.”
In addition to the charts on the website, I’ve also set up a Twitter account for Dollar, Dollar, Bill that reports new contributions and independent expenditures as they happen.
The response thus far has been very positive. I hope it proves useful this election cycle.