Converting political contribution data from the FEC(fec.gov) COBOL format to CSV for loading into MySQL.
version 0.1a (DEPRECATED).
FEC Data is in a stupid format. This converts it into normalized CSV files for upload in MySQL. Detailed Files About Candidates, Parties and Other Committees: http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/ftpdet.shtml
For them there Windows users who like GUIs: https://sourceforge.net/projects/fectool/
1) Download the necessary files via git clone.
2) Change a lot of the absolute file paths.
*NOTE: Very quickly written a long while back, YMMV. **NOTE: Currently started new project to parse .fec files vs COBOL file!
Must load Archive::Extract
The COBOL file turncates long names.
No support since it's deprecated. Considering using OpenData (http://www.opensecrets.org/action/data.php).
Copyright (C) 2007,2008 Naveen Manivannan (Nash Research Group)
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.