How to make your campaign finance dataset useful year-round

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: AmyJo Brown of War Streets Media; Sandra Fish of independent journalist; Anu Narayanswamy of The Washington Post
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 9 at 9:00am
  • Location: Cardiff
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Campaign finance data contains a wealth of data points about the local political power structure that can be used to monitor relationships, priorities and potential influences at any time of the year — not just during a campaign. Join us for a conversation about how we might meaningfully categorize and analyze political donor data in order to create a year-round backgrounding tool that reveals networks operating behind the scenes. We’ll compare and contrast the potential in this approach at the local, state and federal scale. 

Speaker Bios

  • AmyJo Brown’s excitement for city and county budgets, committee meetings and dusty shelves of public records is matched only by her happiness in the day’s first cup of coffee. Co-founder of the Pittsburgh-based War Streets Media, AmyJo is an editor with more than 15 years experience as an investigative journalist specializing in local government coverage. @amyjo_brown

  • Sandra Fish is a data journalist specializing in politics. She's crunched numbers for The Colorado Sun, Colorado Public Radio, ESPN, and created a site to track political messages in 2018: @fishnette

  • Anu Narayanswamy is a data reporter on the Washington Post's political enterprise team covering money-in-politics and government accountability. @anu_narayan

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