Campaign Finance Sherpas

In this update: 1. Color of money report making news 2. National political reporter tips cap to WDC Campaign Finance Sherpas

Email date: 1/9/14

In this update:
1. Color of money report making news
2. National political reporter tips cap to WDC

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Color of money report making news
Our report showing which zip codes in Wisconsin produce the most political money was covered in depth in today’s La Crosse Tribune and was the subject of a story earlier this week in The Capital Times as well as on the local evening TV news. The Democracy Campaign’s director will be on WKOW-TV’s weekend news program “Capitol City Sunday” discussing our findings.

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National political reporter tips cap to WDC
Political reporter Andy Kroll, who regularly writes for Mother Jones magazine, paid the Democracy Campaign quite a compliment in a story about tracking money in state politics he wrote for Moyers & Company, the online presence of journalist Bill Moyers’ public television program.

Kroll writes: “In my own reporting, I’ve leaned heavily on experts such as Rich Robinson at the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, Mike McCabe at the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and Andrew Wheat at Texans for Public Justice. These sherpas, as I like to call them, know your state’s campaign finance data forward and backward, and they’re an invaluable resource when trying to track down hard-to-find information in a hurry.”

Can’t recall ever being called sherpas before. For those unfamiliar with the term, they are the local Tibetans who routinely serve as guides for those seeking to climb Mount Everest.

The same reporter again turned to WDC’s director for insight into the impact of campaign spending by so-called dark money groups in the elections of several high-profile governors, including Wisconsin’s.