Dark money 2020

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Michael Beckel of Issue One; Anna Massoglia of Center for Responsive Politics; Robin Fields of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Briargrove
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Dark money is poised to play a major role in the 2020 elections, up and down the ballot, aiding candidates across the ideological spectrum. This panel will empower journalists to uncover information about dark money activity, detailing tools and techniques to track secretive groups, piece together opaque spending networks, and uncover donors by using political ad records, corporate records, campaign finance data, and filings with the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, Congress and more. You can start by bookmarking OpenSecrets.org as well as Issue One's database of dark money donors (bit.ly/DarkMoneyData).

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

  • Robin Fields is the managing editor of ProPublica. She has overseen projects on political dark money, injection wells, the military’s handling of traumatic brain injuries, police violence in post-Katrina New Orleans, cell tower deaths, and the nation’s troubled system of death investigations. As a reporter, Fields was a finalist for a National Magazine Award for her work on dialysis, which was also honored by IRE. @fieldsrobin

  • Anna Massoglia is a researcher at the Center for Responsive Politics. She runs OpenSecrets' Dark Money project, tracks digital and political advertising, investigates foreign influence, and helped launch the Foreign Lobby Watch project. Anna received her J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia School of Law in 2015 and holds dual B.A. degrees from N.C. State University. She previously worked as an editor and research analyst at Bloomberg Tax. @annalecta

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