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National Institute on Money in State Politics

Grants to National Institute on Money in State Politics

  • $1,000,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 4 years)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    HELENA, MONTANA — The National Institute on Money in State Politics documents the influence of campaign contributions on state-level elections and public policy. The Institute collects, analyzes, and publishes campaign finance data covering more than 16,000 candidates and elections in all fifty states. Its web site, FollowTheMoney.org, allows citizens, journalists, public officials and others to see the sources of funding for particular legislators, parties, and candidates as well as the influence of industries in different states and payments made to lobbyists. This grant will provide the Institute with an operating reserve and upgrades to its data infrastructure and documentation.

  • $400,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Strengthening American Democracy

    HELENA, MONTANA — The National Institute on Money in State Politics documents the influence of campaign contributions on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states through campaign-finance databases, tools, and issue analyses, all available from http://followthemoney.org. The Institute's data and findings are widely cited in the media, legislative debates, policy discussions, and court decisions, and are routinely used by other organizations involved in campaign finance reform. Based in Helena, Montana, the Institute is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 1991 with a grant from MacArthur Foundation's Democracy Program to the Western States Center.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded National Institute on Money in State Politics $1,400,000 between 2002 and 2015.

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