Federal Politics

Published — February 16, 2012

New ways to connect with ‘Consider the Source’

Join our new community on Tumblr as we follow the money in 2012

Introduction

With the GOP presidential nomination heading full bore toward the convention and key Democratic operatives scrambling to herd high-dollar donations to their super PACs, the race for outside money is all systems go.

At iWatch News, reporters for our Consider the Source series have been keeping a watchful eye on the names behind the checks, and will continue to closely monitor how outside groups and their generous benefactors are working to influence the 2012 election — and why.

In an ongoing effort to make our “follow the money” coverage of this year’s election more social, we’re excited to announce two new ways that you can join our community online: A new Tumblr dedicated to tracking the cash behind the election, and a Twitter hashtag for our series: #source2012.

We’ll be working in collaboration with our partners at the nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics on both new initiatives. Our “Consider the Source” Tumblr will be jointly updated throughout each day with the best — and sometimes just funny — money and politics reporting from around the Web. Our goal is to use the new blog as an interactive diary as we speed toward November, highlighting the influence of political contributions while soliciting input from our community.

We want to create an interactive forum where data and multimedia journalism meet discussion and citizen insight in a way that builds on context and conversation throughout the race. With the help of the Public Insight Network, we’ll be regularly asking questions about what you’re seeing in your area, and how the outside money may be impacting your opinions as the election rolls on.

Another way we aim to help achieve that goal is by stepping up our coverage on Twitter. Be sure to follow reporter Michael Beckel (@mjbeckel), along with iWatch (@iWatch) and OpenSecrets (@OpenSecretsDC), to get the latest news on who’s spending what, where they’re spending it, and why it matters to you.

Particularly, you can follow our Consider the Source coverage by joining us on the #source2012 hashtag. We’ll be including it in all our tweets around the money race, so you can easily see what’s new and join in on the conversation. If you have a question about money and the election, or have something you’d like to share, please tweet it using #source2012 and we’ll get back to you.

Of course, you can also “like” our Politics coverage to get our latest investigations straight to your Facebook news feed, and even circle us on Google+ for further discussion.

Questions? Comments? Feel free to email me at cgoins[at]publicintegrity[dot]org, or send me a note on Twitter: @colegoins.

In the meantime, be sure to add us on Tumblr and stay tuned for more in-depth election coverage right here on iWatchNews.org.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

CapitalistRoader
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CapitalistRoader

Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

George Young
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George Young

Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

jan v
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jan v

all the lobbyists are running all our government agencies and all the career civil servants who know how to run the country have been fired. YOU think this is a good thing ? what a crock…

thomas alessi
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thomas alessi

I am for Trump

Martin Shellabarger
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J. Stevenson, what are you drinking? Trump has more lobbyists in his administration than probably any other president. Trump is totally “for sale”, and the corporations know it. Grow a brain!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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David

Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.