Sprint 102 Release Notes
Sprint 102 went live on February 22, 2019. During this Sprint we developed a new comparative report to illustrate how your PAC measures up against your competitors.
The PAC Competitor Analysis Report is in beta while we add additional features and data to the database. This report will provide insight into how you PAC measures up against other selected PACs in respect to their donation and giving strategies. We added a flag to Legislative Committees called “Key Committees” to provide a view on how you and your competitors give to selected Key Legislative Committees to give the report focus on your areas of interest. During the Sprint we also added two new Political Committee Types that identify Leadership PACs and Joint Fundraising Committees. Lastly, we implemented additional security enhancements to stay ahead of any potential threats.
PAC Competitor Analysis Report
The PAC Competitor Analysis report leverages data directly from the Federal Election Commission so we have a single data source from which to compare. Currently the data reflect 1/1/2018 – 1/1/2019. We will add additional data so we can support the application of custom time dimensions.
The report will show a variety of comparative data points between “Your PAC” and selected “Competitors” that include:
This is the first phase of the project so we considered it a Beta release designed to deliver value but serve as a jumping off point. We are looking to augment the report with additional elements that provide deep insight into your Membership (Active and Non-Actives) based on a variety of factors that include information derived from our Nationwide Voter File to illustrate what your best activists and donors look like to help you better engage those who are inactive or could do more. We also are working on incorporating PredictiT data that shows predictive market forecasts relating to candidates, issues and other political markets. To Learn more about PredictiT go to https://www.predictit.org/.
To Access the report navigate to Dashboard and Select “Beta- PAC Competitor Analysis”
Configuring your PAC Competitor Analysis Report
For the report to run you must first designate “My PAC”, “Competitor PAC(s)” and identify your Key Committees. The visualizations will populate automatically from data pulled in from the FEC.
Adding Political Committees
The first step is to search for your committee and competitor committees in 360 and adding them from COSMOS to insure they are valid and have the appropriate FEC ID present.
Go to Committee Search->Basic Search->Enter Name
The Result set will show your results from which you can add to 360. The top panel will show committees present within 360 and the bottom panel will display those results that may be added using COSMOS.
Select and Add Committees as necessary.
Designating My PAC and Competitors
Setting up My PAC and Competitors requires designating previously added Political Committees with a system provided User Defined Field (UDF) called Competitor Analysis. You will designate each committee appropriately using values of “My PAC” or “Competitor”.
Steps to Designate Committee to Competitor Analysis
One visualization shows the total amount given to Members on a Legislative Committee, Sub-Committee or Caucus. The visualization will show the total amount given by each PAC to Legislative Committee Members. Each Legislative Committee will need to be designated as “Key Committee”.
Designating a Key Committee
You have completed all steps necessary in creating your report. Go to Dashboard and select Sub-Menu PAC Competitor Analysis Report and your data will pulled from FEC Database.