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posted 08/29/2013

Looking at campaign contributions can inform how you report a story. Check out this post from FollowTheMoney.org.

posted 07/12/2013

A California state senator is trying to keep employers from charging more for health care if employees don’t meet certain workplace wellness program health goals. FollowTheMoney.org looks at what organizations have made political donations to legislators voting on the bill in committee.

posted 06/12/2013

California is not the only state considering whether or not to tackle the doctor shortage problem by broadening the scope of what services other providers can offer. How are special interest groups weighing in on the debate with political donations?

posted 05/27/2013

According to the FollowTheMoney.org, the food and beverage industry contributed $5.3 million to state campaigns in California during the 2011 and 2012 elections. Find out how to investigate political contributions of all kinds in other states.

posted 05/22/2013

Reporting on genetically modified organisms bills in your state? Here's some helpful tips for following the money trail of political donations.

posted 04/11/2013

California sits atop an enormous shale deposit, raising the prospect of significant fracking activity. State regulators and lawmakers are looking to adopt new regulations. How much financial muscle is the oil and natural gas industry flexing in the decision being made about fracking in California?

posted 01/16/2013

How much did the tobacco industry give to state candidates, committees, and ballot measures during the 2012 election cycle? 

posted 10/11/2012

California’s so-called “Human Right to Water package” is a group of bills that would expand efforts to improve water quality in California. Who's behind the lobbying for these bills, and what money is involved?

posted 05/29/2012

Efforts by California health advocates to ban the sale of sugary sports drinks during the school day on middle and high school campuses were recently thwarted.

posted 04/11/2012

Tips for following the money trail of vaccine exemption legislation in your state.

Edwin Bender's Blog

Looking at campaign contributions can inform how you report a story. Check out this post from... more »
posted 08/29/13
A California state senator is trying to keep employers from charging more for health care if... more »
posted 07/12/13
California is not the only state considering whether or not to tackle the doctor shortage problem... more »
posted 06/12/13