November 26, 2015

Reference: U.S. Politics: OpenSecrets Launches Anomaly Tracker Database

From OpenSecrets/Center for Responsive Politics:

An anomaly, as we define it here, is an occurrence that is out of the ordinary. It is not necessarily an indication that there is something amiss.

We are tracking four kinds of anomalies here:

  • Lawmakers sponsoring legislation that was lobbied by only one company or other organization whose employees or PAC also donated to the sponsoring lawmakers.
  • Lawmakers receiving twice as much in contributions from their top donors as their next highest donors.
  • Lawmakers receiving twice as much in contributions from their top donor industries as their next highest donor industries.
  • Lawmakers receiving more than 50 percent of their itemized contributions from out of state.

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