How to make your campaign finance dataset useful year-round

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: AmyJo Brown of Pittsburgh Media Partnership; 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

  • A veteran investigative reporter and an editor, AmyJo Brown has held local politicians and nonprofits accountable in local newsrooms around the country, at publications of all types — among them the East Oregonian in the cowboy country of Oregon, the statewide Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Pittsburgh’s alt-weekly, the City Paper. She is currently the project editor for the Pittsburgh Media Partnership, a new collaborative of 20 local news organizations. @amyjo_brown

  • Sandra Fish is a Colorado data journalist specializing in politics. She's done work for the Colorado Sun, Colorado Independent, OpenSecrets, ESPN, Colorado Public Radio and others. She also teaches data journalism at University of Colorado Boulder.

  • Anu Narayanswamy is the data reporter for the political enterprise and investigations team at The Washington Post, with a focus on money and politics. Previously, she was an investigative reporter with the Sunlight Foundation and for the Center for Public Integrity.

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