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Screenshots of Margarita Wilkinson's personal financial disclosure form

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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Are you interested in the 2024 political races for Congress and local elected offices? We want to hear from you.

With its new elections project, MuckRock is providing training and support for journalists and the public to explore political races and candidates.

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MuckRock’s guide to using public records to investigate 2024 political candidates

MuckRock’s guide to using public records to investigate 2024 political candidates

With competitive Congressional races across the country and state and local candidates fighting to keep or take elected office, there are endless stories that can be reported out to help the public make informed decisions when heading to the polls.

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U.S. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) talks on the phone while walking out of the Capitol.

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna’s husband quit the U.S. military over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Now the couple are suing the government for lost salary and out-of-pocket medical costs

A federal lawsuit filed in November against the Department of Defense and Air Force claims the military’s vaccine mandate violated both the First Amendment and religious freedoms. The sitting congresswoman and her husband seek an unspecified amount in damages.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: abuse in a Chicago hospital, overtime issues in Louisville, and political donations from the University at Buffalo employees

This week’s FOIA round-up: abuse in a Chicago hospital, overtime issues in Louisville, and political donations from the University at Buffalo employees

For this week’s FOIA round-up, a Chicago, Illinois psychiatric hospital faces federal defunding due to allegations of child abuse, the feds investigate mismanagement of Louisville Metro Police overtime funds in Kentucky, and students look into political campaign donations by State University of New York at Buffalo employees.

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Troy Carter sent this request to the Federal Election Commission of the United States of America

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Mayor Marty Walsh's Super Tuesday Plans

Kyle Clauss sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Boston, MA