A case of missing data in politics

Thomas Ferguson wonders what is the missing-data mechanism operating at the Federal Election Commission.

P.S. Update here.

3 Responses to A case of missing data in politics

  1. W Joe July 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    I just don’t buy the idea that somebody at the FEC did something nefarious here. More likely than not, there’s a technical problem.

    And perhaps I missed something, but it doesn’t appear that the authors of this article bothered to ask discuss this with FEC staff before leaping to some pretty strong conclusions.

  2. Graef July 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Ferguson is very, very naive.

    The FEC has long been a classic example of Regulatory-Capture.

    It’s run by politically appointed operatives from the Republican & Democratic Part establishments — to protect those party interests… and harass any 3rd-Party competition.

    FEC is functionally corrupt… top to bottom, from the citizen perspective — but very useful to Potomac insiders.

    • W Joe July 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

      It’s important to distinguish between the commissioners and the permanent staff who manage the data. The latter are serious professionals, IMHO, who are committed to the mission of disclosure. As for the commissioners, some have been good. Others have been a disaster.