Annual Report 2011 - Follow The Money
The National Institute on Money in State Politics is primarily supported by foundation grantsthat focus on strengthening transparent and accountable governmental policies, judicialindependence, investigative journalism, and informing policy debates on important issues.Thank you!The following foundations have empowered theInstitute’s work since it was founded in 1999 asa 50-state national nonprofit organization.The California EndowmentCarnegie Corporation of New YorkThe Energy FoundationFord FoundationJEHT FoundationThe Joyce FoundationAlbert A. List FoundationJames D. & Catherine T. MacArthur FoundationOpen Society FoundationsThe Pew Charitable TrustsPublic Welfare FoundationRockefeller Brothers FundRockefeller Family FundSunlight FoundationWe are grateful to individuals who maketax-exempt charitable donations. The Institute does notaccept donations from political candidates or committees.It also does not seek grants from corporate foundations.This makes the support of concerned individuals andorganizations vital to continuing the work.Thank you:Richard Anderson, Edwin Bender, GordonBennett, Peter Blitstein, Barbara Bonifas, BertBrandenburg, Robert Castner, Ken Egan, AndreaEngleman, Ken Feaster, John Flink, Rosalind Gold,Deborah Goldberg, Robert Guyer, Keith Hamm,David Hunter, The Independent Sector, LawrenceJessup, Adelaide Elm Kimball, Linda King, LarryMakinson, Jeffrey Malachowsky, Joseph Maurer,Geri Palast, Jennifer Peebles, Samantha Sanchez,Alexander Scarlis, Beverly Weeks, ChristineWither, Anonymous.www.FollowTheMoney.orgWe are also grateful for donationsfrom employees participating in CombinedFederal Campaign workplace-giving programsin Metropolitan Atlanta, the Central Carolinas,Chicago, Southeastern Connecticut, Delaware,New Orleans, New York City, North CentralTexas, Alexandria, Virginia, and Norfolk, Virginia.1The Institute is also supported by incomegenerated from data licensing, data sales,custom research, and other services fornewspaper reporters, academic researchersand other nonprofits.As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitableorganization, the Institute complies with allIRS regulations. IRS 990 and independentaudit reports are posted at FollowTheMoney.org in About Us: For The Record.
Breaking New GroundSuccess.At the National Institute on Money in State Politics,we measure success several different ways: 50 states each two-year election cycle (four months faster in 2010 than 2008) the 12 months, July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011) A measure of success that’s more difficult to determine is when the use of our state-levelpolitical-donor data results in greater accountability of public officials or a change in publicpolicy. It’s difficult to measure because outcomes often result after months or years ofeffort.For example, in 2010, the West Virginia Legislature passed public financing for statesupreme court races, to begin in 2012. This policy change came after more than a decade ofwork by the folks at the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition to unearth the role campaignfinances—specifically from the coal industry to state lawmakers and judges—played in thestate’s poor stewardship of the industry’s mountaintop mining practices. The Institute’sdata helped coalition members sustain their watchdog efforts, which eventually led to thisfirst step in restoring public trust in the state’s judicial system.In another example, the Nevada Legislature this year eliminated some tax deductionsspecific to the gold-mining industry after the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevadarevealed how much the industry had donated to legislators: “The entire mining industry point to arguments PLAN members have been making for almost two decades, resultingin much-needed tax revenue at a time of extreme need in the state.Our decade-long collaboration with the Justice at Stake Campaign, the Brennan Centerfor Justice, and others working toward a judicial system independent from politicalpartisanship has put the Institute’s data at the forefront of several legal skirmishes, andled to the Institute being cited before the U.S. Supreme Court in three different cases. Thisis a measure of success of a different sort.From all this, we’ve learned that there are no shortcuts to success. It takes patience and officials and the public policies they decide.Edwin Bender, Executive Director2