California Civic Data Coalition advances in Knight News Challenge


Good news. Our open-source effort to decode California's campaign cash database advanced to the second round of the Knight News Challenge. We are one of 45 semifinalists selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants.

Next we expand our proposal and if the Knight Foundation likes it we win funding to hire a computer programmer to push things forward. If you're interested, give our application a read and let me know below how you think it could be improved.

If you have any thoughts you'd like to share privately you can email me at And if you think you are the coder we should hire if we get the money, definitely reach out.