Free Training on Effective Use of Campaign Finance Data

There is a free course available to the public on ways to effectively use data bases to examine campaign contributions. The course, underwritten by the Thornberg Foundation and co-sponsored by New Mexico in Depth, New Mexico Press Women, the Society of Professional Journalists, New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, Las Cruces Press Women, the UNM Department of Communication and Journalism, and the UNM College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences is available in three cities.

  • Las Cruces, Feb. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Register here.
  • Santa Fe, Feb. 2, 12:30-2:30 p.m.  Register here.
  • Albuquerque, Feb. 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Register here.

Trainers from the National Institute on Money in State Politics will teach participants how to use the Institute’s pilot ”Anomaly Detection” tool, which uses statistical and artificial intelligence algorithms to spot inconsistencies in campaign finance data that is outside historical norms.

The training will also cover how to use FollowTheMoney’s “My Legislature” tool with New Mexico’s 2017 legislative committees and bill feeds to track specific legislation to see how donors overlap with policy proposals and lawmakers.

The training will emphasize use of these tools for investigative reporting, but the training is open to all who are interested.

Contact Denise Roth Barber with questions 406-449-2480 or

Reporters & Editors: If you live outside of these areas, we may be able to provide you with a travel stipend.  Please email Denise for more information.

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