I’m Kim Barker, a campaign finance reporter at ProPublica. AMA about how outside money is influencing the 2012 election.
UPDATE: CHAT OVER. I HAD FUN, THANKS. NOW I'M GONNA DO SOMETHING ELSE. I am a reporter for ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news organization. Twitter: @kim_barker
I cover campaign finance, focusing mainly on “dark money” groups, the social welfare nonprofits that spend millions on political ads and don’t disclose their donors. (Think Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity.) While I also write about super PACs, super PACs have to report their donors. Before coming to ProPublica, I was the Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. There, I wrote a book about my five years covering the war on terror, pinballing between Afghanistan and Pakistan for The Chicago Tribune. It’s called “The Taliban Shuffle,” and it’s written with a dark sense of humor. (Occasionally, I bring the funny to campaign finance, but that’s more of a challenge.)
IWAE (I Won’t Answer Everything). No questions about a certain former Pakistani prime minister, for example, and since I don’t really focus on the individual candidates and their fundraising, I’m not the best person to ask about that particular horse race. But on dark money, I’m your person.
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