So they bought a federal candidate, now what?

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Ben Wieder of McClatchy; Jacob Fenton of independent journalist; Sarah Bryner of Center for Responsive Politics; Christopher Schnaars of USA TODAY Network
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 7 at 2:10pm
  • Location: International 2-3
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by Ben Wieder, The Center for Public Integrity

Campaign donations are only one part of the political influence puzzle. Learn more about using data from the FEC, the FCC and elsewhere to develop a fuller picture of the variety of ways in which top donors are trying to buy your local Congressperson, and how some political operatives are getting rich in the process.

Speaker Bios

  • Sarah oversee's data and research for OpenSecrets.org. Previously, she researched lobbying and the revolving door. Prior to joining OpenSecrets, Sarah was a doctoral student at the Ohio State University, where she also taught undergraduate political science courses. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio State in 2014 and her B.A. in political science and biology in 2006. @aksarahb

  • Jacob Fenton is lead developer of The Investigative Reporting Workshop's Public Accountability Project. He's worked previously as Editorial Engineer at The Sunlight Foundation, as Director of Computer-Assisted Reporting at IRW, and as a reporter and editor in Pennsylvania. In 2015 he was a JSK Fellow at Stanford, where he worked on structured data extraction and machine learning. 

  • Christopher Schnaars is a database editor with the USA TODAY Network, where he dabbles with campaign finance data, assists other reporters with data analysis and occasionally writes semi-functional Python code. @chrisschnaars

  • Ben Wieder is a Data Reporter in the McClatchy DC Bureau who has focused on political influence, government contracts and predatory lending. He worked previously at the Center for Public Integrity and Stateline and has also written for FiveThirtyEight, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Newsday. @benbwieder

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