Political Donors in Norway

Gunn Kari Hegvik As data on private political donors in Norway are defective, not collected and sorted, I want to build a database of all donors back until 2011. I want to finish this, before the national election in 2017. My first step is to scrape the donordata for the Conservative Party, the party that currently has the PM. I chose them first; because they have the most donors, and second; because their donors tend to be wealthy people and companies in shipping, real-estate and investment banking. Inspired by the NYTimes-story “Small pool of rich donors Dominates Election giving”, I wanted to find out how many families dominates election giving to the Conservative party. I also wanted to find out who the most faithful donors are, which donors stopped donating, and who the newcomers are. Compared to the US, where donordata are made public on given dates, the Norwegian political parties have to make donations public no more than four weeks after the donation was made. So my second part of the project was to build a newsbot, using Mandrill, that would email me, if any changes were made to the Conservative Partys 2015 donors website. To build the bot, I was inspired by quakebot, the LATimes newsbot that we worked on for the first part of summer. I set the bot to print out a sentence, that can be published as part of a story, if one or several new donors are made public. The newsbot will scrape the 2015-site every five minute, and runs from an ec2 server. As there is an election for local municipalities coming...