- Maintainer: Scott Chamberlain
- License: MIT
- Report any problems in the Issues Tracker, or just fork and submit changes, etc.
rsunlight is a collection of functions to search and acquire data from the various Sunlight Labs APIs for government data, at http://sunlightfoundation.com/api/.
rsunlight wraps functions in APIs for:
- Congress API (
- Open States API (
- Capitol Words API (
Functions that wrap these sets of APIs will be prefixed by
cw for the different methods listed above:
fxn would be a function to a interface with a specific Sunlight Foundation API.
Please get your own API keys if you plant to use these functions for Sunlight Labs (http://sunlightfoundation.com/api/).
Data from the Sunlight Foundation API is provided by Sunlight Foundation.
You need API keys for Sunlight Foundation APIs. Please get your own API keys if you
plant to use these functions for Sunlight Labs (http://services.sunlightlabs.com/).
We set up the functions so that you can use either env vars, or R options. For env
vars, put an entry in your
.Renviron file with the name
so the full thing would be
SUNLIGHT_LABS_KEY=<key>. For R options, put the key in
.Rprofile file like
options(SunlightLabsKey = "key"). Both are called
on R startup, and then you don't have to enter your API key for each run of a function.
Note that Puerto Rico is not included in Sunlight Foundation data.
Or development version from Github
Get districts for a latitude/longitude.
cg_districts(latitude = 35.778788, longitude = -78.787805) #> <Sunlight data> #> Dimensions: [1 X 2] #> #> state district #> 1 NC 2
Search congress people and senate members.
out <- cg_legislators(last_name = 'Reed')
Open States API
Search for bills with the term agriculture, in Texas, and in the upper chamber.
os_billsearch(terms = 'agriculture', state = 'tx', chamber = 'upper') #> <Sunlight data> #> Dimensions: [320 X 10] #> #> title #> 1 Relating to certain committees and programs to develop the wine industry in #> 2 Relating to a waiver of fees by the Department of Agriculture and the Parks #> 3 Urging the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Servi #> 4 Relating to the designation of an office in the Department of Agriculture t #> 5 Relating to the office of water and the water advisory committee in the Dep #> 6 Relating to establishing an agriculture ombudsman office in the Department #> 7 Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital proje #> 8 Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital proje #> 9 Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital proje #> 10 Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital proje #> .. ... #> Variables not shown: created_at (chr), updated_at (chr), id (chr), chamber #> (chr), state (chr), session (chr), type (list), subjects (list), #> bill_id (chr)
Search for Republican legislators in Nevada
os_legislatorsearch(state = 'nv', party = 'republican') #> <Sunlight data> #> Dimensions: [36 X 26] #> #> last_name updated_at full_name id first_name #> 1 O'Neill 2015-12-15 08:41:55 Philip P.K. O'Neill NVL000291 Philip #> 2 Dooling 2015-12-15 08:42:35 Victoria A. Dooling NVL000273 Victoria A. #> 3 Fiore 2015-12-15 08:42:36 Michele Fiore NVL000252 Michele #> 4 Edwards 2015-12-15 08:42:36 Chris Edwards NVL000287 Chris #> 5 Hambrick 2015-12-15 08:42:36 John Hambrick NVL000082 John #> 6 Woodbury 2015-12-15 08:42:36 Melissa Woodbury NVL000105 Melissa #> 7 Gardner 2015-12-15 08:42:36 David M. Gardner NVL000290 David M. #> 8 Nelson 2015-12-15 08:42:36 Erven T. Nelson NVL000270 Erven T. #> 9 Kirner 2015-12-15 08:42:36 Randy Kirner NVL000131 Randy #> 10 Armstrong 2015-12-15 08:42:36 Derek Armstrong NVL000292 Derek #> .. ... ... ... ... ... #> Variables not shown: middle_name (chr), district (chr), state (chr), party #> (chr), email (chr), all_ids (list), leg_id (chr), active (lgl), #> transparencydata_id (chr), nickname (chr), photo_url (chr), url #> (chr), created_at (chr), chamber (chr), offices (list), suffixes #> (chr), votesmart_id (chr), country (chr), level (chr), +address #> (chr), csrfmiddlewaretoken (chr)
Capitol Words API
Find the popularity of a phrase over a period of time.
Get a list of how many times the phrase "united states" appears in the Congressional Record in each month between January and June, 2010:
cw_timeseries(phrase='united states', start_date='2009-01-01', end_date='2009-04-30', granularity='month') #> <Sunlight data> #> Dimensions: [4 X 2] #> #> count month #> 1 3805 2009-01-01 #> 2 3512 2009-02-01 #> 3 6018 2009-03-01 #> 4 2967 2009-04-01
library("ggplot2") dat_d <- cw_timeseries(phrase='climate change', party="D") dat_d$party <- rep("D", nrow(dat_d)) dat_r <- cw_timeseries(phrase='climate change', party="R") dat_r$party <- rep("R", nrow(dat_r)) dat_both <- rbind(dat_d, dat_r) ggplot(dat_both, aes(day, count, colour=party)) + geom_line() + theme_grey(base_size=20) + scale_colour_manual(values=c("blue","red"))