Follow the Money

There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money and I can’t remember what the second one is.”
– attributed to Mark Hanna, Gilded Age industrialist and politician

In the 1976 film All the President’s Men reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are advised to “follow the money” in their investigation of the Watergate break-in.

You too can follow the money from contributors' checkbooks to politicians' campaign war chests.

Wisconsin’s premier campaign finance database lets you conduct your own investigation using a variety of criteria. You can now do the same for contributions from PACs and other political committees.

WDC’s campaign finance profiles provide financial portraits of elected state officials' campaigns since 1998.

Economic interests provides pdf copies of statements of economic interests filed with the Government Accountability Board by all officeholders.

Interest group spending documents the hijacking of campaigns by special interest groups.

The referenda page looks at the groups involved in promoting or opposing statewide referendum questions.

The pay-to-play archive consolidates articles and reports produced by the Democracy Campaign that document the connection between campaign contributions and policymaking.