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Political Sweet 16

(Brian McGill)

March 23, 2011

The NCAA men’s college basketball tournament hurdles toward its climax, with the national championship game next month, and Washington is certainly not immune to this month’s madness. Just how much overlap is there between the lawmakers who, in part, make Washington run and the games? Here is an attempt at looking closer at the connections between lawmakers and the universities of the Sweet 16.


The graphic allows you to navigate through three scenarios: First, which team would win according to the number of current members of Congress who graduated from the school. Second, which team would win according to the amount of money the schools spent on lobbying Washington in 2010. Third, which team would win based on the percentage of its congressional alums who voted for the health care bill, which passed last year amid the NCAA tournament.


Roll over a bracket to see which members of Congress attended that school.

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