Journal Articles

The following IRE Journal articles on campaign finance issues are available from our Resource Center.

  • Local angle worth pursuing by Annetta Miller includes highlights of an IRE conference panel on digging into local government. (Ask for Vol. 1, No. 1, pages 10-11)

  • Stalking the wild and elusive state legislature by Jon DeMott discusses techniques used by the Philadelphia Inquirer to uncover corruption in the Pennsylvania legislature. (Ask for Vol. 2, No. 1, pages 7-8)

  • The Governor—King of the stickpin gift by Tonnie Katz discusses how Boston reporters found campaign funds were used to buy jewelry for campaign workers. (Ask for Vol. 2, No. 3, page 3)

  • A primer on investigating organized labor by Valerie Glauser is drawn from an IRE conference panel and discusses various approaches to labor investigations. (Ask for Vol. 2, No. 3, pages 14-15)

  • Drawing a paper profile by Steve Woodward discusses the basics of creating a profile from the public record, including campaign finance reports. (Ask for Vol. 4, No. 1, pages 13-14)

  • Those campaign dollars: Where to do to chart the flow by Mark Bowes gives a thorough breakdown of methods for tracking campaign dollars, including records to look for and questions to ask. (Ask for Vol. 7, No. 3, pages 5-9)

  • Ideas for following the campaign dollar by Tony Capaccio gives more tips on finding and understanding the campaign finance game. (Ask for Vol. 7, No. 3, page 9)

  • The PACman cometh by Kevin McDonnell reviews Larry J. Sabato's history and analysis of political action committees, PAC Power. (Ask for Vol. 9, No. 1, pages 19-20)

  • PAC reference by Steve Weinberg reviews Edward Zuckerman's Almanac of Federal PACS. (Ask for Vol. 10, No. 1, page 13)

  • Corporate PACs: The other side by Arnie Fagan reviews a book on PACs that measures their influence on federal policy. (Ask for Vol. 11, No. 1, page 9)

  • Money chase by Viveca Novak lists avenues to take in investigating a politician's finances. (Ask for Vol. 14, No. 6, pages 10-11)

  • Following the political dollar by Jean Cobb discusses how to use congressional and other federal official's financial disclosure forms. (Ask for Vol. 15, No. 1, pages 12-13)

  • New databases to be released from the National Library on Money and Politics. (Ask for Vol. 15, No. 2, page 15)

  • A hard look at Bush's ruling class by Peter Overby and Viveca Novak describes how Common Cause Magazine did its IRE Award-winning investigation of special favors for Bush's high-roller contributors. (Ask for Vol. 15, No. 5, pages 8-9)