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README.md

PyOpenFec

A Python wrapper for the OpenFEC API. Documentation for this API can be found here

Installation

  1. Clone this repository
git clone https://github.com/jeremyjbowers/pyopenfec.git
  1. navigate into the new directory
cd pyopenfec
  1. (optional) start the virtual environment you'd like to install to

  2. run

python setup.py install

Dependencies include six and requests (will be installed by setup.py)

Examples

Candidates

Candidate

The Candidate class holds fields for each candidate in the OpenFEC API.

A number of class and instance methods are available.

count

The Candidate.count() method will return the number of Candidate objects available for a given query. Note: This method returns an integer representing the number of items available in the OpenFEC API. It does not return a list of objects.

from pyopenfec import Candidate
candidate_count = Candidate.count(cycle=2016, office="P", candidate_status="C")

fetch

The Candidate.fetch() method will return a list of Candidate objects available for a given query. This method will automatically page through the results and return all objects available in the OpenFEC API.

from pyopenfec import Candidate
candidate_count = Candidate.count(cycle=2016, office="P", candidate_status="C")
candidates = Candidate.fetch(cycle=2016, office="P", candidate_status="C")
for candidate in candidates:
    print("{name}, {party}".format(name=candidate.name, party=candidate.party))

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