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CAMPAIGN FINANCE INFORMATION

Gain access via the National Institute on Money in Politics to unique, comprehensive and verified campaign-finance information from the Federal Election Commission, 50 state agencies and select local jurisdictions. Get  personal assistance and training on how to use the tools at FollowTheMoney.org, where the institute archives its database of campaign contributions totaling more than $100 billion and more than 2 million state lobbyist-client relationships that are registered annually. In addition to federal campaign spending data, the site has campaign spending reports for 31 states, and lobbying spending in 20 states.

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  • Track legislation through the lawmaking process via the MyLegislature tool, which groups lawmakers by their committee assignments, shows legislation they've sponsored, shows the path of their legislation, and shows which donors have given to the sponsors, committees and the legislature as a whole
  • Use advanced "similarity" programming to see which donors have similar donating trends, and which candidates received donations from the same donors, which can highlight attempts to influence laws

About: The nonpartisan, nonprofit National Institute on Money in Politics, incorporated in 1999, promotes an accountable democracy by compiling comprehensive campaign-donor, lobbyist, and other information from government disclosure agencies nationwide and making it freely available at FollowTheMoney.org.

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DATA SERVICES

Access the raw data behind ProPublica's reporting as a resource for other INN members doing the challenging, expensive work of investigative reporting.

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About: ProPublica Data Store is an ever-expanding clearinghouse for the data used in ProPublica reporting.

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INFOGRAPHIC & DATA VISUALIZATION SERVICES

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About: Infogram was built with the goal of increasing data literacy, giving anyone — and especially the fast-paced media sector — the power to visualize and share data in minutes.

Infogram was founded in 2012 by Uldis Leiterts, Raimonds Kaze (both journalists) and Alise Semjonova (a designer). Currently, Infogram has more than 4 million users and companies, including INN members and brands such as Techcrunch, Politico, UNICEF, LinkedIn and Unilever.

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*Business Team account from three to 10 user licenses for INN members costs US $1,251.60/year to US $2,368.80/year
*Enterprise level starting from 10 user licenses for INN members costs US $4,057.20/year with option to add extra seats for US $159.60/license

Nonmembers can unlock an extra referral discount — 10% off for a for-profit organization and up to 25%, depending on team size, for nonprofits.
 
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VIDEO AND ANIMATION SERVICES

Coda Studio, the production arm of award-winning nonprofit newsroom Coda Story, offers a service that can help your newsroom create video content based on reporting.

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  • Storytelling consultancy and storyboarding
  • Scripting
  • Working with newsrooms to turn the text piece into the video and then the final product

About: Coda Studio currently works with the BBC, World Policy Journal, ProPublica and other media clients.

Rate: Up to 50% off per minute of animation (normally $3,000 per minute) depending on complexity and requirements.

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