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For the Record: Recapping MuckRock @ NICAR

See what you might have missed from this year’s NICAR conference.

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For the Record: How to research political candidate’s background ahead of the 2024 election

The latest on FOIA, transparency and accountability battles, threats and wins from MuckRock.

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Six things to know about Mazi Pilip and Tom Suozzi, the candidates who sought to replace former Rep. George Santos

The special election to fill the congressional seat of disgraced and expelled former U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) is on Tuesday, with New York state legislator and “rising star” Mazi Melesa Pilip, an Ethiopian-born Israeli émigré, competing against an establishment Democrat, former U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi.

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How MuckRock found the backstory of a mystery congressional candidate in Southern California through public records

The congressional campaign of TV executive Margarita Wilkinson in California’s 49th District, despite being a political novice and never having held elected office, is a case study in what major political parties are looking for, above all else, in a hyper-politicized 2024 campaign season, experts say: Wealth and a blank political slate.

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On the Record: How to background political candidates with public documents and data

Ever wonder if there’s more (or less) to someone’s story when they are running for office? From national races to local elected office, democracy depends on understanding how qualified candidates are for the role they are seeking, and this free training will offer a range of techniques to background political figures, helping better understand potential conflicts of interest, work histories, assets and more.

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