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Hillary...Rudy... Money!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Our latest group journalism, or crowdsourcing project, asks you to dig into the details of Hillary Clinton’s and Rudy Giuliani’s latest campaign finance statements and find out what’s interesting, unusual or funny. You can post your findings in this comments section for us and everyone else to see.

How to do it: We’re asking you to go directly to the Federal Election Commission records. Here are explicit directions so you don’t get lost.

For Rudy Giuliani’s filings:

-Click on this link

-In the space beside “Partial Name of Committee” type in “giuliani presidential” (if you just type Giuliani, you could end up with the wrong filing)

-Ignore everything else and just hit enter (or click “send query” at the bottom)

-On the next page, click the first link that says “view” (it should say “OCT QUARTERLY” on the right)

-On the next page, you’ll have 2 options: contributions (“receipts”) or expenses (“disbursements”).

For contributions:

-click on “Schedule A Filings (ITEMIZED RECEIPTS)”

-then click “FOR ALL LINE NUMBERS”

-dig around!

For expenses:

-click on “Schedule B Filings (ITEMIZED DISBURSEMENTS)”

-then click “FOR ALL LINE NUMBERS”

-dig around!


For Hillary Clinton’s filings:

-Click on this link

-In the space beside “Partial Name of Committee” type in “hillary clinton” (if you just type clinton, you could end up with the wrong filing)

-Ignore everything else and just hit enter (or click “send query” at the bottom)

-On the next page, click the first link that says “view” (it should say “OCT QUARTERLY” on the right)

-On the next page, you’ll have 2 options: contributions (“receipts”) or expenses (“disbursements”).

For contributions:

-click on “Schedule A Filings (ITEMIZED RECEIPTS)”

-then click “FOR ALL LINE NUMBERS”

-dig around!

For expenses:

-click on “Schedule B Filings (ITEMIZED DISBURSEMENTS)”

-then click “FOR ALL LINE NUMBERS”

-dig around!

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Comments [19]

h-man from Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

hey Jim/Brian/anyone else:
The CBC has a new show called "Search Engine" and they have their own version of a crowdsourcing project.
It's called MOB DOCS and actually ends up becoming an audio documentary. AND they pay :)

http://www.cbc.ca/searchengine/blog/2007/09/mob_docs_assignment_1_what_doe.html

Oct. 29 2007 09:27 AM
openresearch


Helpful web sites that help you, "to track government and legislative information, campaign contributions and the role of money in politics."

http://www.sunlightfoundation.com/resources

Oct. 26 2007 09:48 AM
Chad Harris from Ridgewood

Both would bomb Iran and lie about stealing oil there and Iraq.

It's disgusting.

Why not do a hypothetical on Ron Paul and Mike Gravel?

Oct. 25 2007 11:49 AM
will from onNYTurf.com

Why don't you use a wiki for this? Using a comment thread like this is totally the wrong tool for this kind of project.

Oct. 25 2007 10:16 AM
howard from Farmingdale, NY

Student support:

Rudy: 57 students for $43,330

Hillary: 266 students for $472,798

I wonder if they all registered to vote?

Oct. 24 2007 12:44 PM
h-man from Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

-Star Jones, a self-employed lawyer in Manhattan, gave Hillary $750
-Calvin Klein, a designer in Santa Monica, gave her $2300

Oct. 23 2007 09:19 PM
Jeff from New Jersey

Ok, I guess I am not going to make such a good reporter ... A quick check of Google revealed, as I predicted, the obvious answer to my question above. Guiliani returned this amount to donors who had contributed the money to avoid appearing as if he was capitalizing off the attacks. I promise to do my research before I post again.

Oct. 23 2007 07:22 PM
Jeff from New Jersey

I suppose I may be missing the obvious, but why did Guiliani pay these 8 individuals $9.11 each?

ARCARO, PATRICIA
BLUE, KAREN
DELLARIPA, MIKE
GILBERT, DENNY
JONES, JOANN
MALESKI, DAVID
NARCISSO, ANTHONY
PUTKOWSKI, CHRISTAL

Are these staffers donating their time and efforts, and taking only this symbolic pay amount? If so, is this a wise move for a candidate who says that he is not running on 9/11 alone?

Oct. 23 2007 07:15 PM
Steven Forbis from New York, NY

Here are quick links to the filings for October:

GIULIANI
Contributions:
http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00430512/306848/sa/ALL
Expenses:
http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00430512/306848/sb/ALL

CLINTON
Contributions:
http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00431569/307570/sa/ALL
Expenses:
http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00431569/307570/sb/ALL

Oct. 23 2007 04:18 PM
Liz from Brooklyn

So far, I've gone through only the first 3,000 of Giuliani's contributors, but I've found some interesting things. (Sorry, I don't have the stamina to keep track of the actual numbers for these):

First, an awful lot of people in the oil and gas and mining industries are contributing lots of money.

Second, lots and lots of doctors and others in the health/pharma industries are big contributors.

Last, a famous contributor ... Professor Steven Calabresi, one of the founders of the Federalist Society. If Giuliani's elected guess who's coming to the Supreme Court!!!

Oct. 19 2007 02:44 AM
ch from NJ

Here are both candidates Q3 payees in descending order by amount. I saved them as WORD docs and uploaded to mediafire for download.

http://www.mediafire.com/?1y6w3txpnfx rudy
http://www.mediafire.com/?30feznt2bq9 hillary

Oct. 18 2007 12:55 PM
ch from NJ

More detailed reports for both candidates here:

Giuliani
http://query.nictusa.com/pres/2007/Q3/C00430512.html

Clinton
http://query.nictusa.com/pres/2007/Q3/C00431569.html

Oct. 18 2007 10:40 AM
ch from NJ

here's Giuliani by State
http://query.nictusa.com/pres/2007/Q3/C00430512/A_STATE_C00430512.html

Oct. 18 2007 10:23 AM
jf from manhattan

Ron, 10k to ASCAP... Why do the Clintons use campaign songs by a foreign artists - Fleetwood Mac and Celine Dion? Aren't there any great American musician and songwrtiters?

Oct. 18 2007 10:16 AM
Laura from Brooklyn

Rudy? Free love? Who'd a thunk it?

FREELOVE CONSULTING GROUP
3830 VALLEY CENTRE DR # 705 PMB 552
SAN DIEGO, California 92130

08/02/2007 TRAVEL/PRINTING 305.24
08/22/2007 FINANCE CONSULTING 5000.00

Also, interesting that Hillary has 23 pages of dispursements while Rudy has 7.

Rudy: 3056 Itemized Disbursements
Hillary: 11,126 Itemized Disbursements

Too bad the "total disbursement amount" function doesn't seem to work.

Oct. 18 2007 12:22 AM
Ron Atzmon from Bronx, NY

1. One of the Hillary Clinton campaign's payees is SUPER-sketchy: More than 400K paid out in the past quarter to one "Financial Innovations Inc." for "printing" services, more than 200K of that was paid out in one day! Almost none of the other expenditures on the list are nearly as large. Google results are scanty, but as I understand, they make promotional items for the campaign. But how can that be SUCH a large expense? It seems all the travel and food service for the quarter doesn't even add up to so much. Google results DO show that the company made some large contributions to the DNC a few years ago..

2. Who's the staffer with the chutzpah to ask to be reimbursed for spending $1 on a parking meter in DC?

3. Campaign paid 10K to ASCAP, I assume to use a song (Celine's?). However, they also paid 99 cents to iTunes, presumably to download one song for a particular event?

4. The Hillary Clinton campaign apparently rents an office in Little Rock for $5,000/month from the William J. Clinton Foundation! I suppose the money goes to a good cause, but it seems they don't pay nearly as much for any of their other offices elsewhere.

Oct. 18 2007 12:17 AM
Joan from New Jersey

Thanks for the challenge NYC -
this is fun.

To start - here are some famous names who donated to Hillary Clinton's campaign this quarter -

Bette Midler
Amy Yasbeck
Tovah Feldshuh
Alexander Baldwin
Lynn Redgrave
Sharon Lawrence
Marlo Thomas
Khandi Alexander
Marua Tierney

An unrelated point - why are Homemakers considered Unemployed? I may not get paid, but trust, I'm employed!

Oct. 17 2007 01:29 PM
Gaines Hubbell from Knoxville, TN

What if we summarize pages? That way someone could take the comments and do an analysis of (or estimation of), say for example, how many of Clinton's contributors are self-employed. Or how many of Giuliani's contributors are from New York in ratio to the rest of the nation?

Oh, and can we get a deadline for this Brian?

Oct. 17 2007 11:29 AM
BL Show staff from WNYC

Please limit comments to your findings from the campaign finance filings. You can post questions about the project, and we'll do our best to answer them.
We will remove comments that are off topic. Thanks for taking part!

Oct. 17 2007 11:11 AM

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