Daniel Lathrop is a former investigative projects reporter with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He has covered politics in Washington state, Iowa, Florida, and Washington D.C. He was a senior researcher on The New York Times bestselling The Buying of the President 2004 by Charles Lewis. He is a specialist in campaign finance and "computer assisted reporting," the practice of using data analysis to report the news. Daniel writes code in Perl, Python and PHP. He was the primary architect of the data for the Center for Public Integrity's successful Lobbywatch project, which provided the first truly searchable online database of federal lobbying available to the general public. In addition, he supervised the data team that developed CPI's Power Trips investigation of Congressional junkets.