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National Institute on Money in State Politics

 

Helena, MT

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National Institute on Money in State Politics

Physical Address:
Helena, MT 59601 
EIN:
81-0526651
Web URL:
www.FollowTheMoney.org
Blog URL:
www.followthemoney.o...
Leadership:
Mr. Edwin Bender
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Fiscal Year Starting: Jul 01, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: Jun 30, 2012
Revenue
Total Revenue $1,754,664
Expenses
Total Expenses $1,329,515

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Basic Organization Information

National Institute on Money in State Politics

Physical Address:
Helena, MT 59601 
EIN:
81-0526651
Web URL:
www.FollowTheMoney.org 
Blog URL:
www.followthemoney.o... 
NTEE Category:
V Social Science Research Institutes 
V05 Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis 
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy 
R05 Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis 
W Public, Society Benefit 
W24 Citizen Participation 
Ruling Year:
1999 
How This Organization Is Funded:
Open Society Institute - $345,000
Ford Foundation - $292,500
Sunlight Foundation - $250,000

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Mission Statement

The National Institute on Money in State Politics is the only nonpartisan, nonprofit organization revealing the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states. Our comprehensive and verifiable campaign-finance database and relevant issue analyses are available for free through our Web site FollowTheMoney.org. We encourage transparency and promote independent investigation of state-level campaign contributions by journalists, academic researchers, public-interest groups, government agencies, policymakers, students and the public at large.

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Forms 990 Provided by the Nonprofit

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Leadership (GuideStar ExchangeThe GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more. November, 2013)

Mr. Edwin Bender

Profile:

A founding incorporator for the Institute, Edwin Bender was named Executive Director in 2003, and also serves on its board of directors.  He coordinates organizational policy-making, serves as spokesperson, and provides financial oversight in addition to his key role in fundraising.  Ed has assigned priority to speeding online posting of contribution records, developing projects in partnership with academic researchers and other organizations, and increasing training and technical assistance to website user groups.  A graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism, he was an award-winning reporter and editor at newspapers in Montana, Alaska and Washington.

Leadership Statement:

"Every election cycle around 16,000 candidates run for office. We collect hundreds of thousands of reports, generate over 3 million records and code more than $3 billion in campaign contributions. It is very difficult, in a word, a nightmare.  What started as a one-year project ten years ago has since become an indispensable and comprehensive resource for the public. We hope to create a citizen army that is really interested in tracking legislators and holding them accountable, which in turn will create a more responsive government."   Edwin Bender-Executive Director (2012)



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Program: Naming Names in All 50 States

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Social Science Research
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Who contributes to state campaigns? Who lobbies for whom?

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Program: Institute Reports

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Researchers examine campaign finance trends and anomalies, independent spending, judicial races, newsmakers.

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Program: Blog and Social Media

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Social Science Research
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Timely, relevant updates on state-level races.

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Program: Industry Influence

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Social Science Research
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Learn which industries give to candidates who will make policy decisions about those industries.

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Program: Custom Research

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Customized summaries and membership development.

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The Institute was cited on average twice a day in 2011-12, and the Institute's data has been cited in three prominent U.S. Supreme Court cases: Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal, 2009; Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right To Life, 2007; Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010.   In addition to finalizing the political contributions database for 2011 ($575 million), this past year we: created a baseline for comparing pre- and post-Citizens United independent spending completed a pilot project to collect lobbying expenditures assessed the campaign finance reporting systems for lower court candidates documented the impact of Super PAC contributors on state races analyzed money and incumbency examined at monetary competitiveness suggested best practices for disclosure of independent spending
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