Larry Makinson

Campaign Finance Researcher Consultant
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Larry Makinson is a pioneer of computer-assisted reporting on money and politics. He started tracking campaign contributions as a journalist at the Anchorage Daily News in 1985, using an early Apple Macintosh and version 1.0 of the database, spreadsheet and desktop publishing programs then available. After earning a master's degree in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Makinson moved to Washington, D.C., where he joined the Center for Responsive Politics and spent 15 years tracking the patterns of money going to Congress, presidential candidates, and the national parties. After leaving CRP in 2004, he tracked Pentagon contracts for the Center for Public Integrity for a year, and in 2006 served as senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, blogging regularly on the money behind the 2006 elections. The author of more than a dozen books, Makinson is currently semi-retired while continuing to consult with both Sunlight and CRP. His bachelor's degree in philosophy is from the University of Bridgeport.

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