US Justice Department Exposes Foreign Lobbyist Data Via API

The United States Justice Department launched an online portal that provides users with information on lobbyists working on behalf of foreign governments. The portal includes a new APITrack this API that allows developers to programmatically analyze the myriad data provided.

The new service features search functionality that parses through troves of public documents collected under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Additionally, the API has access to bulk data files, which are available in both CSV and XML formats, allowing developers to build tools that better analyze/utilize this information. The Justice Department summarized the importance of the API on their website:

“The U.S. Department of the Justice is committed to providing transparency in government and now offers Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) via this website...The APIs made available by the U.S. Department of Justice provides access to available FARA registration data”

The API is currently in version 1, with additional endpoint anticipated in the near future. Interested developers can check out the APIs documentation and list of available endpoints

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