Sacramento Bee editor agrees: CAL-ACCESS is a mess
Our effort to untangle CAL-ACCESS, the state of California’s database of money in statehouse politics, is the subject of today’s column by Sacramento Bee Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar. Her words:
The secretary of state’s database, intended to allow the public to track campaign money, is virtually useless unless you’re particularly skilled at working with databases and have quite a bit of extra time.
Working with the data is so difficult, Terhaar said, Bee reporter Jim Miller needed outside technical help to nail down his Feb. 6 investigation into the confusing pipeline that fuels statehouse races.