The National Institute on Money in State Politics is pleased to announce its newly minted membership into the Investigative News Network. The Institute joins more than 50 nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations in INN that conduct investigative reporting in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. The INN’s mission is high quality, award-winning journalism that serves the public interest to benefit society.
"INN is very proud to have the National Institute on Money in State Politics as part of our community of news organizations involved in accountability journalism," said Kevin Davis, CEO & executive director of the INN. "Their data and focus on transparency exemplifies our Network's ability to serve the public interest not only on the national but at the state, regional, and local level as well."
Located in Helena, Montana, the Institute collects political-donor reports submitted to agencies in all 50 states by: all candidates for statewide office, state legislature, and state supreme court; major political party committees; non-bond ballot measure committees; and lobbyists. Since its inception in 1999, the Institute has created the most comprehensive, highly credentialed database of state-level campaign finances in the country, and made it freely available at www.FollowTheMoney.org.
“We look forward to working with INN and its partners as we all elevate the role investigative journalism plays in an engaged citizenry,” said Edwin Bender, executive director of the Institute. “Accountability in our elections and public policy processes only occurs when they are transparent, and when watchdogs and journalists cry foul when they see something amiss.”
The Institute’s mission is to provide accurate, comprehensive, unbiased documentation and research on money in state politics. FollowTheMoney.org’s searchable database of campaign contributions is paired with interactive transparency tools that enhance visualization of the data. Institute researchers analyze and interpret campaign finance data in many focus areas, providing a unique and valuable resource to activists, journalists, academics, and the public at large. The result today is substantive profiles on candidates and issues, insightful reports, and reliable data for all 50 states.
About Investigative News Network
INN is a growing consortium of non-profit news organizations in North America that produces nonpartisan investigative and public service journalism on a local, regional and national basis. It is composed of more than 50 news organizations that create long-form and ongoing stories that keep communities informed on the issues they most care about. For more information, go to www.inn.org.