Informed Voting From Start to Finish


Date Awarded
Grant Period
07/22/15 to 01/11/17
Focus Area
Media Innovation
Knight News Challenge

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Grantee Contact

  • New York, NY

Featured Media

Helping build a more informed electorate and making the voting process easier by combining the voter services of TurboVote,which helps people register to vote,request and absentee ballot and receive election reminders,with local guides and candidate information from E.thePeople.

The Center for Responsive Politics wants to help journalists and the public better understand who is funding campaigns and the sources of so-called “dark money,” the funds that certain nonprofits can spend to back candidates and issues without having to reveal where the donations are coming from. In fact, the amount of dark money in campaigns has grown exponentially – from $6 million in 2004 to $309 million in 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The center has developed a system for tracking and processing information on these donations from difficult-to-access IRS 990 forms, and matching this information with Federal Elections Commission data. With new funding, the center will partner with GuideStar to retrieve greater volumes of this information more quickly and comprehensively, and create a database that any journalist can access.

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Project Team

Seth Flaxman

Project team: Seth Flaxman co-founded Democracy Works (and the nonprofit’s flagship site, while receiving a Master's in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He previously worked as a researcher at the Council on Foreign Relations and Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Kathryn Peters is a co-founder of TurboVote. Her belief in better democracy has taken her from campaign organizing in rural Missouri to a Master's in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government to political rights monitoring in Afghanistan.

Whitney Quesenbery is co-director for the Center for Civic Design, which wants every interaction with government to be an easy, effective experience. The Center is the home of the Field Guides to Ensuring Voter Intent, and the Anywhere Ballot.

Alex Quinn is the executive director for e.thePeople. His career has focused on using media and technology to educate and empower.

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