How to Work with Campaign Finance Data

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June 20, 2012 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

How to Work with Campaign Finance Data
Originally Broadcast On:
June 20, 2012
Time Estimate:
One hour for the entire presentation. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

Thanks to the support of our sponsor, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, we are able to offer this $29.95 Webinar for just $9.95.

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"Follow the Money" sounds like a simple enough idea, but what if numbers and data are confusing to interpret? Figure out the complicated web of campaign finance and learn how to make sense of the data.

This Webinar will help you better understand how to interpret and analyze campaign finance data and generate story ideas.

Thanks to Citizens United and other recent court decisions, campaign finance has become more confusing, more varied and more important than ever before. With the rise of super PACs, millions of dollars of new money is flowing into the system. It is important to analyze this data and figure out the flow of money during an election year.

As a bonus, we’ll include a handy campaign finance guide and links to resources to help simplify reporting on money in politics.

What Will I Learn:
  • Overview of campaign finance categories, from independent expenditures to super PACs
  • Best practices for analyzing campaign finance data when using tools like Excel
  • Generating story ideas from data analysis
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters, editors, online producers, researchers and everyone who is covering politics and finances.

Course Instructor:

Bill Allison

Bill Allison is the Editorial Director at the Sunlight Foundation. A veteran investigative journalist and editor for nonprofit media, Bill co-authored The Cheating of America with Charles Lewis, was senior editor of The Buying of the President 2000 and co-editor of the New York Times bestseller The Buying of the President 2004. He edited projects on topics ranging from the role of international arms smugglers and private military companies in failing states around the world to the rise of section 527 organizations in American politics.


Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.

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