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Follow the Money — Tracking Companies'

Influence on Politics

Feb. 22, St. Louis

The 2012 election campaign promises to be one of the most expensive ever, with companies contributing even more because of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case in 2010. That ruling says that government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections.

But corporate influence on politics extends beyond campaign contributions to lobbying expenditures and contributions to independent groups trying to sway elections. Then, there’s the question of how to tie it all together – what’s the connection between corporate spending and legislative or regulatory actions?

Bring the name of a company you follow to this workshop and learn how to track its efforts at political influence from two experts: New York Times reporter Ron Nixon and Sunlight Foundation editorial director Bill Allison.

Click HEREfor more information and to register. Co-sponsored by the Illinois Press Association and the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism.

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