WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Federal Election Commission unveiled a new, interactive map Tuesday that will allow users to break down campaign donations to the 2008 presidential candidates by geographic region.
The map shows the amount of money raised in specific states. Visitors to the FEC’s website can examine contributions to individual candidates, all candidates, or all candidates from a political party. The map also highlights each campaign’s cash-on-hand, as well as the distribution of contributions according to amount.
The money map, which will be updated within one day of the FEC’s receipt of electronically-filed disclosure reports, lists contributors by name, donation size, city, and date — all to within the first three digits of their zip code.
“This new online tool underscores our commitment to the public to disclose campaign finance information in a timely and easily understood manner,” said FEC Chairman Robert Lenard in a prepared statement.
– CNN Political Producer/Researcher Alan Silverleib