Under the Influence: Tracking lobbying and advocacy campaigns at the state level
Interest groups seeking to change state policy have plenty of tools for the job: lobbying, campaign donations, grasstops campaigns, conference sponsorships, traditional and non-traditional PR, model legislation, ballot measures and more. And every state has a different set of disclosure rules giving reporters a peek into the influence machine, as well as different regulators overseeing (or failing to oversee) money in politics. This session will give journalists their own set of tools and ideas for tracking all sorts of advocacy campaigns at the state level.
David is an independent journalist in Austin, TX. He was a senior reporter in the Hearst Newspapers Austin bureau, covering Texas politics with a focus on campaign finance, lobbying and ethics. He has also written for Politico, the Associated Press, Scientific American, the Dallas Morning News and the Texas Observer.
Liz Essley Whyte is a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, where she’s won several awards for investigating state political influence. Her recent investigation into drugmaker sway over Medicaid prompted several doctors to resign from state drug boards, Arizona’s governor to issue an executive order and Sen. Cory Booker to introduce federal legislation. She started her career as a local reporter for The Washington Examiner. @l_e_whyte
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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