Wagging the dog: Using campaign finance data to cover the midterm elections (Election/Politics Track)

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Denise Roth Barber of National Institute on Money in State Politics; Christopher Schnaars of USA TODAY Network; Ken Schwencke of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 9 at 9:00am
  • Location: Addison
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

The 2018 midterm elections are shaping up to be epic battles at the national and state levels. Learn how to search and analyze state and national campaign finance data, follow money trails and develop stories that go beyond the numbers.

Speaker Bios

  • Denise Roth Barber has served as managing director of NIMSP since 2010, after four years as research director and seven years as researcher. As managing director, she manages the Institute’s grants and grant-writing, and oversees the data acquisition, research, and communications departments, manages the I. Prior, Denise was a community organizer with the Northern Plains Resource Council in eastern/central Montana, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, Africa.

  • Christopher Schnaars is a database editor with the USA TODAY Network, where he dabbles with campaign finance data, assists other reporters with data analysis and occasionally writes semi-functional Python code. @chrisschnaars

  • Ken Schwencke is a journalist and developer on ProPublica's news apps team, covering hate crimes and election administration. Previously, he worked on The New York Times’ interactive news team and the Los Angeles Times data desk. @schwanksta

Related Tipsheets

  • Campaign Finance: News Tips
    Denise Roth Barber, managing director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics, fills this tipsheet with links on how to find state and national campaign finance data, follow money trails and develop stories that go beyond the numbers. This record also includes the PowerPoint presentation for this panel.