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Follow The Money, A Handbook

You've probably discovered already that if you're interested in following the money in politics, OpenSecrets.org has done most of the heavy-lifting for you. But if you want to dig around in Federal Election Commission data on your own--or maybe you want to research state- or local-level data, which the Center for Responsive Politics doesn't track--then you've found your guide.

Do-It-Yourself Data-Digging

Published by CRP in 1994, this handbook was written especially for journalists by our former executive director, Larry Makinson, who developed the system we use to classify campaign contributions while he was a newspaper reporter. The methods outlined in the selected chapters below apply whether you're vying for a Pulitzer Prize or just muckraking in your town. And if you just want to know more about how our hard-working staff produces the campaign finance research that's on this website, the "Follow the Money" handbook will fill you in.

If you'd like to purchase the entire book--it makes a great textbook for aspiring journalists--please visit our e-store.

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