Transparency in action: Pinpointing influence of money in state politics
The massive, free database of campaign contributions in all 50 states at the National Institute on Money in State Politics provides an invaluable resource for journalists, and the Institute is launching a new, easy-to-navigate website. Learn to mine the resources at FollowTheMoney.org. Develop story ideas on the spot. Explore and investigate elected officials' connections to lobbyists and their client companies, special-issue groups and influential individuals. Pull back the curtain to reveal powerful influences on state politics and policy. Add depth to 2014 elections stories, and keep your blog fresh with free APIs, widgets, and data downloads.
Eve Byron is an award-winning investigative reporter, honing her skills at newspapers in Colorado and Montana, plus a nine-month stint as the Mike Wallace Investigative Reporting Fellow with the University of Michigan’s Knight Wallace Fellows program.
Her main areas of expertise are in natural resource reporting, including mining, logging, wildfires and land use. She also reports on federal government in the West, and mental illness.
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