The Choreos in this bundle obtain data from the NY Times campaign finance dataset, focusing on the activities of independent expenditures-only committees, aslo known as "Super PACs."
To use the Choreos in this bundle you need a NY Times account and a NY Times API Key. If you haven't already registered for your NY Times API Key, you can do so at http://developer.nytimes.com/apps/register before running any Choreos. To run the Choreos in this bundle, make sure you use an API Key that corresponds to the Campaign Finance API.
FEC IDThe Federal Election Commission assigns IDs to all candidates, committees, and individual donors. The same candidate may have more than one candidate ID if they run for different offices - e.g. House members who run for the Senate or congressional candidates who run for President. In these cases the person will have IDs for each office.
CommitteeA PAC raises and spends limited "hard" money contributions to elect or defeat candidates or achieve legislative goals. Under federal election law, an organization becomes a PAC by receiving contributions or making expenditures of more than $1,000 for the purpose of influencing a U.S. election. There are two types of PACs registered with the Federal Election Commission - separate segregated funds, which can only solicit contributions from people associated with the sponsoring organization, and non-connected committees, which are free to solicit contributions from the general public.
Super PACAn independent expenditures-only political action committee is a group allowed to raise unlimited funds from individuals and corporations, but which cannot coordinate with candidates or campaigns. Also known as "Super PACs," these groups must disclose their donors. One current controversy is whether officeholders and candidates can tell donors who want to give more than campaigns are allowed to receive under federal rules that they can send money to a Super PAC that supports the candidate.