National Institute on Money in Politics researches and archives a 50-state federal/state database of contributions documenting $100+ billion, plus more than 2 million state lobbyist-client relationships that are registered annually; independent spending reports for federal campaigns and 31 states, and lobbying spending in 20 states. Gain access to unique, comprehensive and verifiable campaign-finance information from all 50 state disclosure agencies, the FEC and select local jurisdictions via FollowTheMoney.org, as well as personal assistance and training on how to use the tools at FollowTheMoney.org.


-Search, sort, analyze and download datasets that punctuate excellent investigative and accountability reporting

-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.
Rate: Free for INN members




The ProPublica Data Store gives you access to the data behind their reporting, which can support INN members in doing the challenging, expensive work of investigative reporting. ProPublica provides free access to the raw data behind their work, as well as premium data products and custom data services.


-Data sets about health, criminal justice, education, politics, business, transportation, military, environment and more

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

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Quickly create charts, infographics and engaging data visualizations with no coding or design skills needed with Infogram. These infographics can be instantly published in web articles and can adapt to any screen size (or shared internally, if needed).  INN newsrooms that use the free version of Infogram and can now also be upgraded to a Team Account at a 30% discounted rate. View the examples here. View examples of the enterprise version by INN members CALmatters and Better Government Association.


-(Free Version) Ability to create infographics, charts, dashboards, reports, and other visualizations to publish on the web without having to use or pay for freelance design help
-(Enterprise Version) Customized branding with your newsroom's own fonts, colors, icons with options to add objects such as custom maps; create team libraries; bigger library space over the free version; HTML download option; priority support in tickets and chat

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 where content also responds to the screen size.

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, Unilever and Amnesty.
Rate: Free account that can then be upgraded to a premium account with own branding at a 30% discounted rate, solely for INN members.

*Business Team account from 3 to 10 user licenses for INN members = US $1251.6/year to US $2368.8/year
*Enterprise level starting from 10 user licenses for INN members = from US $4057.2/year with option to add extra seats for US $159.6/license

Non-members can also unlock an extra referral discount at 10% off for a for-profit organization and nonprofits can unlock up to 25% discount dependent on team size.




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.


-Video content creation
-Production and creation of engaging animations and other easy-to-digest visualizations
-Storytelling consultancy and storyboarding
-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.