Following the Money: Opening NY Campaign Finance Data



WHEN: 10am, Friday November 20th
WHERE: Civic Hall, 156 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York City

On Friday, November 20th, Reinvent Albany and Civic Hall present Following the Money. In a rare NYC public appearance, staff from the NY State Board of Elections will join the NYC Campaign Finance Board to preview their new campaign finance reporting systems and discuss with the audience ways to make state and city campaign finance data easier to use.

This is a great opportunity for civic technologists, journalists, and advocates to speak directly to the government officials who collect and publish campaign contribution data in New York State and NYC. Campaign contributions are a staple of election-year news coverage and analysis, yet collecting and reporting that data to the public in a useful form can be a big challenge for regulators at the state and city level. There is a lot to talk about.

The State Board of Elections is completely revamping its aging technology, and will deploy a new campaign finance reporting system after the 2016 elections.

The NYC Campaign Finance Board has made effective use of technology and is seeking to expand and improve its digital offerings before the next mayoral election in 2017.