Mapping NYC election campaign contributions
Posted Sept. 20, 2016
NYC Campaign Contributions Mapped Online
The NYC Campaign Finance Board (CFB) has launched an updated interactive online map, developed by the Center for Urban Research at The Graduate Center / CUNY, that visualizes local fundraising patterns for all candidates running for municipal office in 2017 and who are participating in CFB's public matching funds program.
The map, accessible at maps.nyccfb.info, displays aggregate contributions from individuals (including candidates, their spouses, & family members) across the city's five boroughs, mapped by ZIP Code, neighborhood area, City Council district, state Assembly district, or local election district.
The New York Times featured the map in an article about the importance of geography in political fundraising in NYC. The Campaign Finance Board's news release also highlights the maps.
Interactive tools built into the map make it easy to see geographic fundraising patterns for any candidate for any office, up through and including the latest filing period for the 2017 election cycle.
If you hover over or tap the map, fundraising totals for each area appear automatically, showing the total amount, average dollar amount, and number of contributions. Once you've zoomed in and selected your location of interest, you can create a permalink and share it via Twitter, Facebook, email, etc.
The map page also displays overall total contributions regardless of geography in an info box separate from the map (example at right). This box displays statistics on contributions from individuals such as percent from within NYC vs outside NYC & share of contributions at $175 or below vs above $175. The info box also displays statistics on contributions from all sources, displaying the share from individuals vs the combined total from political committees, labor unions, businesses, and any other sources.
An earlier version of the map was developed by the Center for Urban Research focused on the 2013 municipal elections. You can visit the 2013 map here, and also view analytical maps created by CUR that helped inform the Campaign Finance Board's Post-Election Report on the 2013 campaigns.