From: AZSOS.gov published on Monday, July 30, 2018
The Secretary of State’s office under the direction of Secretary Reagan has worked tirelessly to introduce transparency wherever possible. To that end, one of Secretary Reagan’s key transparency focuses has been transparency in campaign finance. With the latest update to SeeTheMoney.com platform, the public can easily see all of the transactions for Arizona’s state candidates, political action committees and more.
Over the last six months, the Secretary of State’s office has been working to make the initial beta version of SeeTheMoney.com better and easier to navigate, so that users can easily find the data they are searching for. The newest version of SeeTheMoney.com was released last Friday and it is a significant update from the previous version, incorporating the feedback we have received from our partners, the media, and the public.
Most prominently, the look of the site has been completely redesigned based on a design provided by our partners at the Arizona Clean Elections Commission. The logo was also redesigned to reflect the new landing page changes as the color has been simplified. We have also altered the filter tool to allow users to search data by a year range rather than just transactions that occurred in a given year. We also cleaned up the tree chart to make it easier to read.
Significantly, we cleaned up and honed the API connection to Ballotpedia. Now nearly all of the candidates that are searched for will have a corresponding Ballotpedia entry, allowing users to learn more about candidates they are searching. Similarly, the website uses ProPublica’s API for our 501c4 filers in Arizona. This pulls the tax filing information that each 501c4 has submitted into the detail page for the organization. Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to hone in on the matching for this feature.
Last, but certainly not least, we added a feature to unhide columns to the data tables. This allows users to download info like employer/occupation on the transaction data. The biggest benefit to this feature is that it eliminates the need to file and wait on a public records request because this information is now immediately downloadable from the site.
These are some of the most important changes that have been made to SeeTheMoney.com in the latest version, but they certainly aren’t the only ones. Secretary Reagan has made it a priority to release SeeTheMoney.com, making it easier for the public to see where money is flowing in Arizona’s elections. Over time we will continue to fine-tune the website to make it even easier for the public to access this information.