National Institute on Money in State Politics

aka National Institute on Money in Politics   |   Helena, MT   |  https://www.followthemoney.org/

Mission

The nonpartisan, nonprofit National Institute on Money in State Politics 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. 2014 RAND Corp"We find that the Institute has made meaningful contributions to the public debate over the role of money in politics, both at the state level and nationally. The users we interviewed see the Institute as the gold standard resource for data on money in state politics. Indeed, the Institute has been a driving force behind informed public discussion of state campaign finance in the academic, journalistic, and advocacy communities. Its users see it as the best available independent resource..."

Notes from the nonprofit

In July 2018, the Campaign Finance Institute (cfinst.org) officially became a division of the National Institute on Money in State Politics. The combined institutes dropped the word "State" to better reflect the expanded federal data and analyses brought in by CFI and now is known as the National Institute on Money in Politics.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Mr. Edwin Bender

Main address

833 N Last Chance Gulch

Helena, MT 59601 USA

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EIN

81-0526651

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (V05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The influence on money in our political system is of serious concern to a majority of citizens of the country. NIMP's core work collecting comprehensive political donor data from all 50 states, the FEC and select local jurisdictions helps scholars, campaign-finance attorneys, journalists and advocates understand more fully that influence, and promotes a more healthy debate about public policy alternatives.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Naming Names in All 50 States

Who contributes to state campaigns? Who lobbies for whom?

Population(s) Served
Adults

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

Population(s) Served
Adults

Timely, relevant updates on state-level races.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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

Population(s) Served
Adults

Customized summaries of political contributions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Digital Media Learning Competition 2008

HASTAC/MacArthur

Creative And Effective Institutions 2013

MacArthur Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions 2015

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Institute calls attention to the value of the data for investigative reporting, academic research, policy debates, and civic engagement by publishing research findings and connect-the-dots stories.

Intended outcomes from the Institute's work are as follows:
● Illustrate how the Institute's resources contribute to a healthy democracy, such as tracing the influence of its Best Practices recommendations on state disclosure laws and reporting systems.
● Build on the Institute's solid technological foundation with open source programming, updated database management, and cloud storage capabilities.
● Ensure that the board of directors includes representatives from key target audiences and stakeholders to help guide marketing, outreach, and usability of the resources.

The Institute will continue to provide a unique, single-site, verifiable campaign-finance database covering state elections from 2000 forward, and federal elections from 2010 forward, plus independent spending and lobbying expenditures in selected states as well. The data will continue to be made available, for free, to encourage transparency and promote independent investigation by journalists, academic researchers, public-interest groups, government agencies, policymakers, students and the public at large.

The Institute will also continue publishing reports on how campaign contributions correlate with important policy decisions. The Institute's Best Practices disclosure reports show how well each of the 50 state disclosure and ethics agencies rate in specific categories, from timely and informative disclosure to availability of electronic downloads.

The Institute forges the tools needed to make a difference in 21st century policy battles: accurate and complete data, tools for investigative journalism, and a strong focus on government transparency and accountability. No matter the issue, the Institute's decade of 50-state political contribution records and its identification of over 100,000 lobbyists and clients registered with the states each year, and its independent spending and lobbying expenditure data – combine to provide powerful background information on lawmakers debating public policy in legislative sessions. To ensure the resources are effectively used, we reach out to journalists, policy groups, scholars, and legal advocates navigating a variety of complex issues.

National Advisors and Officers Convening. The Institute's most significant outreach effort is the annual formation and convening of national advisors and foundation officers uniquely matched to topics for intensive roundtable discussions.

The Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) became a division of the Institute in early July 2018, after a year of hard work by both organizations to make that happen. The Institute's entity resolution system and revolutionary data architecture have catapulted search capacity into a new platform for an expanded trajectory. Website usability of FollowTheMoney.org remains a challenge, and the Institute is investing additional resources to ensure the data is available in an intuitive, accessible manner. The Legislative Committee Analysis Tool (L-CAT) identifies the members of all 500+ state legislative committees and gives an instant view of the political contributions of each committee member or of each committee as a whole. A 20-state Lobbying Expenditures database documents tens of million of dollars spent lobbying state lawmakers. See who donated to state legislators, organized by the committees they serve on.

Financials

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National Institute on Money in State Politics

Board of directors
as of 09/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Bert Brandenburg

Ward Circle Strategies

Term: 2011 -

Edwin Bender

Executive Director, National Institute on Money in State Politics

Bert Brandenburg

Executive Director, Justice At Stake Campaign

Rosalind Gold

Senior Director, Policy Research and Advocacy, NALEO Educational Fund

Geri Palast

Managing Director, Israel Action Network

Jeff Malachowsky

Director, Civil Society Program for Wellspring Advisors LLC

Michael Malbin

Executive Director, Campaign Finance Institute

Charles E.M. CEO

Disrupt DC

Caroline President

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Christopher T. Senior Advisor for External Affairs

Council on Foundations

Jodeen Senior Fellow

Movement Strategy Center

Ann M. Fellow, New America

Professor, UC Berkeley Law

Christine Co-Founder and Director

Digital Democracy

Maurice Co-Executive Director

Action Center on Race and the Economy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
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Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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