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SUMMARY ------- This package provides a reference parser and database importer for the United States Senate LD-1/LD-2 lobbying disclosure database. The Senate provides the database as a series of XML documents, downloadable here: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/Public_Disclosure/database_download.htm The SQL database schema used by the importer is a direct translation of the XML schema used in the Senate documents. This isn't a particularly useful format for analyzing lobbying data, but it is useful for analyzing the lobbying records themselves, which often contain errors or anomalies. In any case, it shouldn't be too difficult to adapt the importing code in this package to a more useful schema. For information on how to interpret the LD-1/LD-2 database, see here: http://watchdog.jottit.com/lobbying_database REQUIREMENTS ------------ This package requires Python 2.5.1 or later. SCRIPTS ------- The lobbyists-load script loads one or more XML documents into a database. The lobbyists-benchmark script loads one XML document into a database, and reports the amount of time required to a) parse the document and b) import the parsed records into the database. It's mainly interesting for developers working on the lobbyists package itself.