Senior Researcher/Investigator, Campaign Finance

Reports to:

The Senior Researcher reports to the Director, Federal Reform.


Job Overview

CLC is seeking a Senior Researcher/Investigator to help us hold political actors accountable for violating the law and to help promote a democracy that is responsive to voters rather than wealthy special interests. The Senior Researcher/Investigator will work as a key part of CLC’s Federal Reform program team on investigative projects that follow the money, uncover evidence of unlawful activity, and document systemic problems in our campaign finance system. This work will support and directly inform complaints and regulatory submissions to the Federal Election Commission and other government agencies, reports that make the case for legislative or regulatory reform, and litigation defending laws protecting our democracy. The ideal candidate will have an interest in campaign finance research, and will be creative, resourceful, and committed to holding the powerful accountable. The Senior Researcher reports to the Director, Federal Reform.

A typical day as the Senior Researcher/Investigator might include: scouring recent campaign finance filings for evidence of illegal activity, independently or jointly pursuing research threads that arise from such reviews, conducting a deep investigation into a mysterious corporate entity that made a large political contribution, untangling a web of potential connections between a campaign and a super PAC, designing and managing a targeted research project whose findings will help strengthen our advocacy for a particular legislative reform, proposing an idea for a new research project, and/or collecting, organizing, and pursuing additional facts for a complaint to the Federal Election Commission.     


Responsibilities and Duties:

  • In collaboration with the rest of the federal reform team, conceptualize, design, manage, and execute long-term and short-term research projects
  • Work independently and as a team to monitor campaign finance filings, corporate and tax records, news reports, and other public records to identify potential violations of law
  • Conduct factual research to build a record supporting legislative and judicial improvements to campaign finance law
  • Contribute to blogs, reports, and other public-facing written products
  • Other projects as assigned



  • 3-5 years of research or investigative experience
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and drive projects from start to finish 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with large quantities of documents and data
  • Demonstrated ability to write clearly and organize and communicate ideas
  • Proven ability to work both independently and as a flexible and collaborative member of a team
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work under pressure, and simultaneously manage multiple projects 
  • Interest in following the money and to the nonpartisan nature and overall mission of CLC


Preferred (but not required) qualifications:

  • Experience with campaign finance research
  • Experience or skills in any of the following areas: quantitative data analysis, including the cleaning and organizing of large datasets; data visualization; programming languages; advanced functions of Microsoft Excel.
  • Familiarity with online research tools, such as news and government databases
  • Familiarity with offline research resources, such as libraries and document repositories


Compensation & Benefits

We offer salary commensurate with experience plus a competitive benefits package including 401(k) match, employer-covered health, dental, vision, short- & long-term disability, AD&D, and life insurance.


How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and résumé addressing your interest in and relevant experience for this role with “Senior Researcher/Investigator Application” in the subject line to [email protected]. Applications that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered. Please, no phone calls about this position.