(Keep) following the money on state and local politics

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Ben Wieder of McClatchy; Denise Malan of IRE and NICAR; Edwin Bender of National Institute on Money in State Politics; Ted Mellnik of The Washington Post
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 7 at 10:10am
  • Location: International 6-7
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by Ben Wieder, The Center for Public Integrity

The votes have been counted and you’ve tallied the top political donors. Learn about how to use data to connect the dots between political spending and policy and use other publicly available data to explain key demographic indicators that can explain how the election was decided – and how future elections will be fought.

Speaker Bios

  • A founding incorporator for the Institute, Ed has been the executive director for more than a decade. He promotes the use of the Institute's comprehensive, highly credentialed federal and state-level political spending data and analysis by investigative journalists, scholars examining state elections and public-policy processes, attorneys involved in campaign-finance litigation, and the public at large.

  • Denise Malan is IRE's Deputy Executive Director, overseeing all training programs, event logistics and the IRE Resource Center. She was a newspaper journalist for more than a decade, covering government, education, politics, the environment and more. After several years at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in Texas, she joined IRE in 2013 in a joint position with the Institute for Nonprofit News, helping newsrooms around the country use data in their reporting. 

  • Ted Mellnik is a database editor on the graphics team at The Washington Post. He was the 2010-11 Mike Wallace Fellow in Investigative Reporting at the University of Michigan. @tmellnik

  • Ben Wieder is a Data Reporter in the McClatchy DC Bureau who has focused on political influence, government contracts and predatory lending. He worked previously at the Center for Public Integrity and Stateline and has also written for FiveThirtyEight, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Newsday. @benbwieder

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