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Resource ID: #263
Source:Kim Barker, James Grimaldi, Sheila Krumholz - 21Kim Barker, James Grimaldi, Sheila Krumholz
Following the money is even more of a maze than it used to be, thanks to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that opened the door to unlimited corporate and labor union spending in elections. This panel will give you tools to track outside groups -- including super PACs and their shadowy dark-money sidekicks -- and the people behind them. We’ll explain the latest IRS political-targeting controversy and introduce you to the growing trend of businesses hiring firms to gather “political intelligence.” Plus, we’ll walk you through the basics of campaign finance records, personal financial disclosures, lobbying and other records and show you how to look for official corruption and ties between politicians and business, as well as how to expose regulatory failures and explain what really drives policymaking.