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inewsource launches San Diego campaign finance database

By Jill Castellano | inewsource.org

This election season, you can follow the money behind the highly debated San Diego ballot measures and closely watched City Council races using inewsource’s newest tool.

On Tuesday, inewsource launched a searchable database that allows people to explore the fundraising and spending in city elections since 2007. The results are updated automatically every night using financial reports filed electronically with the City Clerk’s Office.

You can search for San Diego politicians, ballot measures and political action committees and look through their donations, loans, debts and spending. You can also search for donors by their names, employers and occupations. inewsource has a similar tool to explore county campaign finance data.

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How to use inewsource’s city and county campaign finance databases

By Jill Castellano | inewsource.org

inewsource has created two databases to follow the money in San Diego politics, which we hope will make it easier for the public to understand who is funding political campaigns. One of them includes financial reports for the city of San Diego, and the other covers San Diego County.

Using records from the county Registrar of Voters Office and the City Clerk’s Office, these inewsource databases allow users to search contributions, expenditures, loans and debts for political campaigns that have to file financial reports with the county or city.

The county database includes campaign finance records for candidates for Board of Supervisors, district attorney, sheriff, school boards and special districts. The city database includes records dating to 2007 and has information on candidates for mayor and City Council.

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