The congressional data you don't use (Election/Politics Track)

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Michael Beckel of Issue One; Carrie Levine of The Center for Public Integrity; Daniel Schuman of Demand Progress; Derek Willis of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 9:00am
  • Location: Addison
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Although voting and bill data are readily available, there are other types of congressional data that might come in handy. We’ll talk about what they are, how to get them and the list of caveats for them.

Speaker Bios

  • Since March 2017, Michael Beckel has worked as the research director at Issue One, a bipartisan advocacy organization in Washington, DC, focused on government accountability, ethics, and transparency issues. He previously worked as a reporter at both the Center for Public Integrity and Center for Responsive Politics. Beckel’s exploits have taken him inside the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including for the oral arguments in Citizens United. He tweets at @mjbeckel

  • 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.

  • Daniel leads Demand Progress/Demand Progress Action’s efforts on  governmental transparency/accountability/reform. He co-founded the Congressional Data Coalition, directs the Advisory Committee on Transparency, and is a fellow at CodeX, the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. His new website, EveryCRSReport, recently won a ‘le hackie’ award from D.C. Legal Hackers. @danielschuman

  • Derek Willis is a news applications developer at ProPublica, focusing on politics and elections. He previously worked as a developer and reporter at The New York Times, a database editor at The Washington Post, and at the Center for Public Integrity and Congressional Quarterly. He began his journalism career at The Palm Beach Post. He is a co-founder of OpenElections, a project to collect and publish election results from all 50 states.

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