Election: Dark money

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Carrie Levine of The Center for Public Integrity; Robert Maguire of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington; T. Christian Miller of ProPublica; Melissa Yeager of Sunlight Foundation
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 11 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Colorado F
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by T. Christian Miller, ProPublica

It's becoming harder and harder to track all the money being raised for candidates, from the White House on down the ballot. One of the toughest things to do is track the dark money -- funds given to organizations that are not required to disclose their donors. Such groups now account for hundreds of millions of dollars spent in elections. Our panelists will help you navigate these murky waters and offer tips and techniques for keeping tabs on candidates' coffers.​

Read a recap of this session on the CAR Conference blog

Speaker Bios

  • Carrie Levine (@levinecarrie) investigates the influence of money in politics. She was previously research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a reporter and associate editor for The National Law Journal, and has also worked for the Charlotte Observer, the Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass., and The Sun (Lowell, Mass.). She is a graduate of Boston University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

  • Momi Peralta Ramos is data journalism project manager at La Nación, from Argentina. She is a Computer Scientist and MBA. Since 2011 she leads a team and a project of Open Data Journalism named La Nación Data, that includes developing data-driven journalism, open collaboration and open data in a country that recently passed its FOI law. Besides data journalism her interests are in applying technology and data science to discover and tell stories for social impact.

  • IRE Board Member. ProPublica reporter. Lover of data. Let's grab a coffee and chat. @txtianmiller

  • Melissa Yeager is a senior staff writer for the Sunlight Foundation covering Open Government, Open Data, Transparency, Campaigns and Money in Politics. @melissayeagr

Related Tipsheets

  • Election: Dark Money
    It's becoming harder and harder to track all the money being raised for candidates, from the White House on down the ballot. One of the toughest things to do is track the dark money -- funds given to organizations that are not required to disclose their donors. Such groups now account for hundreds of millions of dollars spent in elections. Our panelists will help you navigate these murky waters and offer tips and techniques for keeping tabs on candidates' coffers.​

  • Election: Dark money
    It's becoming harder and harder to track all the money being raised for candidates, from the White House on down the ballot. One of the toughest things to do is track the dark money -- funds given to organizations that are not required to disclose their donors. Such groups now account for hundreds of millions of dollars spent in elections. Our panelists will help you navigate these murky waters and offer tips and techniques for keeping tabs on candidates' coffers.​