This is a list of related links as a resource, at some point we need to move this over to delicious or similar. To be organised
Primarily: http://www.followthemoney.org/ seems to be the closet match to this project along with the most suitable (and open) dataset.
Google have jumped in to the game with their take
PRIMARY INFORMATION SOURCES:
Run by: the US govenment
New York State Board of Elections: http://www.elections.state.ny.us/
WEBSITES/ORGANIZATIONS COLLECTING, PUBLISHING OR VISUALIZING INFORMATION
Description: an open source public information project
Run by: Lindsey Mark firstname.lastname@example.org, Luke Macken email@example.com, Remy Decausemaker firstname.lastname@example.org [RIT Students, I believe]
Description: OpenSecrets.org is your nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy. Whether you’re a voter, journalist, activist, student or interested citizen, use our free site to shine light on your government. Count cash and make change.
Sunlight Labs: http://sunlightlabs.com/
Description: We’re a community of open source developers and designers dedicated to opening up our government to make it more transparent, accountable and responsible. We need your help.
National Institute on Money in State Politics – follow the money: http://www.followthemoney.org/
Description: Investigate Money in State Politics: Money in state politics plays a pivotal role in shaping public policy in individual states and across the nation. We track political donations in all 50 states. Take a look
Professor Jeff Sonstein: http://www.ist.rit.edu/~jxs/
Description: According to David – has deep knowledge about the election data set. He is aware of what is available, and knows how all the data is related.