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Campaign Finance 2012: Where Your Money Can Go | NPR

Campaign Finance infographic

I worked on this NPR Politics infographic with S.V. Dáte and Greg Henderson. It’s mostly a straightforward chart, but I had some fun trying to visualize the streams of money from the different donor types to the various classes of political organizations. Thicker lines denote greater sums of money that can be legally donated.

Recent court cases have changed the rules about money in federal politics, but there still are rules. Here’s a snapshot of donors and fundraising recipients across the political spectrum — ranging from the candidates themselves to the new superPACs to different categories of 501(c) tax-exempt, nonprofit groups. It shows how much money can be donated, how that money can be spent and when donor names can be kept secret.

This is part of NPR’s ongoing coverage of money and politics.

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