California Civic Data Coalition

Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc

Date Awarded
Grant Period
07/22/15 to 08/16/16
Focus Area
Media Innovation
Knight News Challenge

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Grantee Contact

  • Columbia, MO

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Making it easier to track money in California politics with an open-source tool that will help journalists, academics and others mine campaign finance data.

Campaign finance data in statehouses across America is hard to organize, access and understand. Making it easier to find and use this raw, machine-readable data can help to hold politicians accountable and enable deeper analysis of the influence of money in politics. The California Civic Data Coalition will engage data journalists from The Los Angeles Times, Stanford University, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Center for Investigative Reporting to lead an open-source effort to refine this raw data into an easy-to-use product. The work will serve as a model for other states and join an ongoing effort to consolidate money-in-politics data from statehouses across America.

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Project Team

Ben Welsh

Ben Welsh

Aaron Williams

Jennifer LaFleur

Cheryl Phillips

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