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Mayor Krewson’s Donors, January 2016 to September 2017

september 2017 | data-management & visualization | [link]

The interactive graphic below visualizes donors who gave $1,000 or more to Lyda Krewson’s campaign for mayor of the City of St. Louis between January 2016 and September 2017, according to Missouri Ethics Commission public filings. Larger dots signify contributions at or above $5,000. Donors are loosely grouped by industry.

Released after the election of City of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, the map is an updated version of a graphic of the top five mayoral candidates’ donor networks. A print version of this graphic hung at the entrace of The People’s Townhall hosted by local organizations, including St. Louis Action Council, following the acquittal of former St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Jason Stockley. The digital version of the map is included inThe St. Louis American editorial titled Donors or demonstrators, who has Mayor Krewson’s Ear?.

Viewers of the map often identified neighbors, co-workers, or familiar organizations in the cloud of donors. A common take away from the visualization was that a significant portion of Mayor Krewson’s large donor network were part of the local development industry. This, in part, propelled conversations in many circles about the development industry’s influence on her campaign and mayoralship.

partners: St. Louis Action Council
honors: Map incorporated into Liz Kramer’s Designing Creativity: Innovation Across Disciplines Fall 2017 seminar at Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art; editorial featured on The Young Turks

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