The Public Ledger
The Public Ledger tracks the political money flowing to public officials in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
Our first tool, the Public Ledger “follows the money,” — one of the first rules in journalism. It tracks political contributions to local candidates and elected officials, creating unique profiles of every political donor in town. This is important. We’re displaying the information from the donor’s perspective — not just the candidate’s.
And you’re not just getting a list of top donors. We’re drawing on our reporting backgrounds, and our expertise covering local governments, to pull out and display key metrics side by side that will help answer questions our users might not have known to ask for in the first place.
In order to build this tool, we've digitized the records containing 19,000-plus contributions to candidates for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County offices itemizing more than $11 million spent over the last eight years — historical data that spans the past two mayoral and county executive elections.