TransparencyCamp: Transparency = Accountability


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Robin Parkinson of the National Institute for Money in State Politics educates a room full of TransparencyCamp 2011-ers about campaign finance transparency on the state level. (More at

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TransparencyCamp: Transparency = Accountability

  1. 1. Transparency = Accountability
  2. 2. Disclosure Agencies Transparency Advocates The Public The Institute Unites Three Essential Components
  3. 3. We Connect the Dots in 50 States <ul><li>Ballot measures </li></ul><ul><li>Judicial candidates </li></ul><ul><li>Statewide candidates </li></ul><ul><li>Legislative candidates </li></ul><ul><li>Political parties </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbyists & clients </li></ul><ul><li>(no federal candidates) </li></ul>
  4. 4. We search 100,000 + reports submitted by 16,000 + candidates to compile 3 million + records that total 3 Billion +
  5. 5. We provide the facts. You draw the conclusions.
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  11. 11. Who Represents You? <ul><ul><li>My District identifies legislative districts, election results and contribution totals </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><ul><li>Examine each committee that addresses it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use L-CAT to identify legislative committee members & see what each raised from any given sector </li></ul></ul>Interested in Legislation?
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  18. 18. U.S. Supreme Court Institute data was used in three prominent decisions <ul><li>Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right To Life </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission </li></ul>
  19. 19. Who believes in our work? The California Endowment Carnegie Corporation of New York The Energy Foundation Ford Foundation John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fdtn. Open Society Institute The Pew Charitable Trusts Public Welfare Foundation Rockefeller Brothers Fund Sunlight Foundation
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