Money in Politics: Investigating Campaign Finance in Your State and Nationally

Course Overview

Money in Politics: Investigating Campaign Finance in Your State and Nationally
This $29.95 Webinar is free thanks to the support of the McCormick Foundation.
Originally Broadcast On:
September 10, 2014
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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September 10, 2014 Enroll Now
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Investigating money politics can seem challenging. Figuring out who has given to whom and how the money affects the campaigns and candidates is a manageable task if you acquire the right skills.

In the digital age, there is more information than ever about money in politics. This Webinar will help you master using available online databases that track the money flowing into political campaigns.

The National Institute on Money in State Politics tracks the campaign finance contributions through its website gives political reporters across the country a free investigative reporting tool that can add depth and power to elections reporting. With more than a decade of comprehensive, verifiable, primary source political-donor information from all 50 states, reporters can analyze donating trends to reveal strategic giving designed to influence policy outcomes.

What Will I Learn:
  • Identify key donors to candidates and party committees in your state or region.
  • Analyze giving trends. (Who gives to incumbents, Democrats, Republicans? Who are the in-state donors? Out-of state?)
  • Compare candidates’ fundraising and find trends.
  • Analyze giving by industry to reveal strategic giving patterns in one state or nationally.
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters who want to go beyond the “horse race” stories in elections to reveal larger donor trends that influence the public-policy process after the elections are over.

Course Instructor:

Edwin Bender

Edwin Bender has been executive director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics / for more than a decade. Bender, a founder of the Institute in 1999, began compiling and researching campaign finance data more than 20 years ago.

Training Partner:

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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