The Influence of Virginia’s Biggest Utility
At a Great Price
The True Cost of the Sears Headquarters Deal
How Youngstown Gave Itself Away for the Promise of Jobs
West Virginia’s Conflicted Governor
The Real Bosses of New Jersey
How Unelected Officials Run Your Government
The Bad Bet
How Illinois Bet on Video Gambling and Lost
A User’s Guide to Democracy
Congress Works For You. Here’s How to Be a Better Boss.
The Money Game
Tracking the Illinois Governor’s Race
Analysis of Illinois’ Political Issues and Personalities
Free the Files
Help Unlock Election Spending
Buying Your Vote
Dark Money and Big Data
Churches Are Breaking the Law by Endorsing in Elections, Experts Say. The IRS Looks the Other Way.
For nearly 70 years, federal law has barred churches from directly involving themselves in political campaigns, but the IRS has largely abdicated its enforcement responsibilities as churches have become more brazen about publicly backing candidates.
Tell Us How Religious Organizations in Your Area Involve Themselves in Elections
Federal law bars churches and other nonprofit groups from endorsing candidates or helping to fundraise, but we know they regularly sidestep — or flat-out ignore — these rules. Help us identify examples.
Greg Abbott’s Executive Power Play
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has consolidated power like none before him, at times circumventing the GOP-controlled Legislature and overriding local officials. A flurry of executive measures has solidified his base and raised his national profile.
Tim Ryan: The Working-Class-Jobs Candidate in the Era of Resentment
Democrat Tim Ryan has long emphasized manufacturing jobs, a stance his party has lately begun to embrace. How he fares in his Senate race in Republican-dominated Ohio could reveal a lot about his party’s future prospects.
Election Deniers Failed to Hand Wisconsin to Trump but Have Paved the Way for Future GOP Success
The stolen election myth has helped reshape this battleground state for the upcoming midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
How to Vote in Person or by Mail
Keep up with the latest changes to the voting process in your state for the 2022 elections, and make a plan if you want to cast your ballot early — either in person or by mail.
Congress Works for You. Here’s How to Be a Better Boss.
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Will the Jan. 6 Hearings Change Anyone’s Mind?
The 1973 Watergate hearings changed popular opinion after Richard Nixon’s landslide win. Here’s what is — and isn’t — different today.
Casinos Pled Poverty to Get a Huge Tax Break. Atlantic City Is Paying the Price.
Despite growing profits, casino operators used predictions of “grave danger” to convince the state to slash their tax burden, denying millions to the city, its school district and the county.
New Jersey Officials Refused to Provide the Numbers Behind New Casino Tax Breaks. So We Did the Math.
Lawmakers claimed, without providing evidence, that casinos would close without a tax cut. A ProPublica, Press of Atlantic City analysis found otherwise.
The Hypnotherapist and Failed Politician Who Helped Fuel the Never-Ending Hunt for Election Fraud in Wisconsin
How obscure retiree Jay Stone played a crucial, if little-known, role in making Wisconsin a hotbed of conspiracy theories that Democrats stole the state’s 10 electoral votes from Donald Trump.
Building the “Big Lie”: Inside the Creation of Trump’s Stolen Election Myth
Internal emails and interviews with key participants reveal for the first time the extent to which leading advocates of the rigged election theory touted evidence they knew to be disproven, disputed or dismissed as dubious.
What Increasingly Partisan and Venomous Wisconsin School Board Races Reveal About American Elections
As traditionally nonpartisan school board campaigns become polarized battlegrounds, voters in next week’s Wisconsin races may set the tone for how contentious races across the country will become this year.
Former Kentucky Secretary of State Faces Ethics Charges
Alison Lundergan Grimes, a onetime Democratic rising star and subject of a ProPublica series, is accused of using state resources for her political advantage.
The Billionaires Tax Isn’t New
Taxing billionaires on their wealth may sound novel, but the ideas behind it are already frequently used in the tax code.
Burr’s Brother-in-Law Called Stock Broker, One Minute After Getting Off Phone With Senator
According to the SEC, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, then chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, had material nonpublic information about coronavirus impact. He and his brother-in-law dumped stock before the market dropped in March 2020.
Oath Keepers in the State House: How a Militia Movement Took Root in the Republican Mainstream
A membership roster for the Oath Keepers, a violent extremist group whose followers have been charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection, includes state lawmakers, congressional candidates, and local government and GOP officials.
Top Trump Fundraiser Boasted of Raising $3 Million to Support Jan. 6 “Save America” Rally
Caroline Wren, who had worked on the Trump campaign, told associates she distributed funds to a number of political organizations backing the rally, including Tea Party Express and Turning Point.
Trump Won the County in a Landslide. His Supporters Still Hounded the Elections Administrator Until She Resigned.
Michele Carew, an elections administrator with 14 years of experience, has resigned after a monthslong campaign by Trump loyalists to oust her. “I’m leaving on my own accord,” she said.
“God’s Will Is Being Thwarted.” Even in Solid Republican Counties, Hard-Liners Seek More Partisan Control of Elections.
The political battle in one Texas county where Trump got 81% of the vote offers a rare view into the virulent distrust and unyielding pressure facing elections administrators.
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Buddies Tried to Get the VA to Sell Access to Veterans’ Medical Records
A congressional investigation prompted by ProPublica’s reporting found Trump’s “Mar-a-Lago crowd,” wealthy civilians with no U.S. government or military experience, pursued a plan to monetize veterans’ medical data.
January 6 Select Committee Subpoenas Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Other Top Aides
Citing a June ProPublica report, the committee says there is “credible evidence” of Meadows’ involvement in events leading up to the attack on the Capitol.
House Bill Would Blow Up the Massive IRAs of the Superwealthy
The proposed reform stems from a ProPublica story that detailed how PayPal founder Peter Thiel had amassed $5 billion, tax-free, in a Roth IRA. If the bill passes, Roth accounts would be capped at $20 million for high-income individuals.
Declassifying the 9/11 Investigation
President Biden says he will open up the government’s secret files about the plot, but will they answer the questions that remain?
Heeding Steve Bannon’s Call, Election Deniers Organize to Seize Control of the GOP — and Reshape America’s Elections
The stolen election myth inspired thousands of Trump supporters to take over the Republican Party at the local level, exerting more partisan influence on how elections are run.
How the Trump Tax Law Created a Loophole That Lets Top Executives Net Millions by Slashing Their Own Salaries
The 2017 tax cuts made it more attractive for certain company owners to be paid in profits instead of wages. Some cut their own wages, expanding a loophole that was already costing the U.S. billions.
Inspector General Urges Ethics Review at Federal Election Commission Following ProPublica Report
The FEC’s inspector general has called for the agency to review its policies and internal controls after ProPublica revealed a key employee’s undisclosed ties to Trump.
Secret IRS Files Reveal How Much the Ultrawealthy Gained by Shaping Trump’s “Big, Beautiful Tax Cut”
Billionaire business owners deployed lobbyists to make sure Trump’s 2017 tax bill was tailored to their benefit. Confidential IRS records show the windfall that followed.
GOP Legislators in Missouri Oppose Vaccine Efforts as State Becomes COVID Hotspot
Representative Bill Kidd joked that he didn’t get a vaccine because he’s a Republican. Now he has COVID.
Democratic Senators Call for Investigation of Tax Avoidance by the Ultrawealthy
Calling ProPublica’s Secret IRS Files series a “bombshell,” Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Sheldon Whitehouse demanded an investigation into how the rich use “legal tax loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of income taxes.”
Campaign to Rein in Mega IRA Tax Shelters Gains Steam in Congress Following ProPublica Report
One proposal would ban the kinds of transactions that helped Peter Thiel amass $5 billion in his Roth; another would cap how much could be saved tax-free in these retirement accounts. But two unrelated bills could undermine those efforts.
Oregon Lawmakers Set Out to Increase the Timber Industry’s Tax Bill. Instead, They Cut It Again.
Legislators cut taxes for the owners of Oregon’s private forests, money that helped fund university forest scientists. Now taxpayers will pick up the tab.
The Ultrawealthy Have Hijacked Roth IRAs. The Senate Finance Chair Is Eyeing a Crackdown.
Sen. Ron Wyden, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, said he planned to rein in tax breaks for gargantuan Roth retirement accounts after ProPublica exposed how the superrich used them to shield their fortunes from taxes
Leading Manhattan DA Candidate Has Repeatedly Paid Virtually No Federal Income Taxes
Tali Farhadian Weinstein, who donated $8 million to her own campaign, and her hedge fund manager husband paid nothing (or almost nothing) to the IRS four times in six years.
An Online Lender Gave Hundreds of PPP Loans to Fake Farms. Now Congress Is Investigating.
A House committee has opened a probe into loans by Kabbage and other fintech companies after ProPublica reported that millions had gone to businesses that do not exist.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Appeared in a Super PAC Ad Asking for Money. That Might Break the Rules.
Greene is working with a Republican ad maker who has a history of racist remarks and ties to extremist gun groups.
How Josh Hawley and Marjorie Taylor Greene Juiced Their Fundraising Numbers
Politicians get the veneer of grassroots support, while shadowy consultants get rich.
“I Felt Hate More Than Anything”: How an Active Duty Airman Tried to Start a Civil War
Steven Carrillo’s path to the Boogaloo Bois shows the hate group is far more organized and dangerous than previously known.
Mo Brooks Compared Biden’s Election to the Start of the Civil War. Now He Wants a Senate Seat.
The Alabama Republican led the fight to overturn election results. On Jan. 6, he spoke to the crowd that later stormed the Capitol, resulting in five deaths. Brooks blamed antifa. Now he’s hoping it will get him elected to the Senate.
Cuomo’s Nursing Home Scandal Raises Questions for One of His Senior Aides
Jim Malatras stood by a Cuomo administration report on nursing home deaths he knew undercounted the true loss of life. Today, he is chancellor of New York State’s public university system.
“The People We Serve Are Paying Too Much for Energy:” Virginia Lawmakers Are Targeting Dominion Energy
A bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers are pushing a legislative package to strengthen oversight of the state’s largest utility, Dominion Energy. The effort could return millions in refunds to customers.
The Government Donald Trump Left Behind
Trump ultimately fell short on many of his signature promises, but his administration’s successes in cutting taxes, rolling back regulations and reshaping the judiciary will cast a long shadow.
“Sense of Entitlement”: Rioters Faced Few Consequences Invading State Capitols. No Wonder They Turned to the U.S. Capitol Next.
Armed far-right mobs met little law enforcement resistance when they repeatedly attacked state capitols. You can draw a direct line from that kind of impunity to the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6.
Twitter and YouTube Banned Steve Bannon. Apple Still Gives Him Millions of Listeners.
Steve Bannon broadcasts election denialism and apocalyptic calls to action several times a day via Apple’s podcast app. He’s not the only one using the platform to spread claims that became a rallying cry of the mob that threatened the Capitol.
South Carolina’s Governor Addresses Magistrate Judge Controversy by Urging Changes
An investigation from the Post and Courier and ProPublica found that most judges had no law training and some accepted bribes, stole money and ignored constitutional protections. Now, South Carolina’s governor says he wants change.
The Radicalization of Kevin Greeson
How one man went from attending President Barack Obama’s inauguration to dying in the mob protesting Donald Trump’s election loss during the Capitol insurrection.
She Photographed Police Abuse at a 2014 BLM March Then Watched the Image Go Viral During Capitol Riot
The much-shared pairing of photojournalist Natalie Keyssar’s image of a peaceful Black man being assaulted against a photo of white rioters walking free in the Capitol “represents the rage and sadness I feel.”
Lavish Bonus? Luxury Trip? Health Benefits Brokers Will Have to Disclose What They Receive From the Insurance Industry
Employers trust brokers to guide them to the best value, but conflicts of interest abound. Tucked into the coronavirus relief bill, a new federal requirement will mandate more transparency.
John Kerry, Biden’s Climate Czar, Talks About Saving the Planet
In the months before the election, Joe Biden’s most influential voice on the issue of our age shared his views on climate migration, open borders, the threat of nationalism, and the challenge posed by China.
VA Secretary Focused on Smearing Woman Who Said She Was Sexually Assaulted in a VA Hospital, Probe Finds
An investigation by the Department of Veterans Affairs internal watchdog confirms ProPublica’s reporting that Secretary Robert Wilkie wanted to discredit a congressional aide who said she was attacked in a VA facility last year.
Sen. David Perdue Sold His Home to a Finance Industry Official Whose Organization Was Lobbying the Senate
The same year FINRA was lobbying the Senate on a bill, one of its board governors paid Perdue $1.8 million for his D.C. townhouse. Perdue sits on the Senate Banking Committee, which oversaw the bill.
Pistols, a Hearse and Trucks Playing Chicken: Why Some Voters Felt Harassed and Intimidated at the Polls
Across the country, people complained about threats, aggressive electioneering and racist language both at early voting locations and on Election Day. We’ve corroborated some of those accounts.
How Dozens of Trump’s Political Appointees Will Stay in Government After Biden Takes Over
Documents show that officials appointed by Trump who’d otherwise lose their jobs under Biden have been approved for permanent positions in federal agencies.
Trump Races to Weaken Environmental and Worker Protections, and Implement Other Last-Minute Policies, Before Jan. 20
The Trump administration is rushing to approve dozens of eleventh-hour policy changes. Among them: The Justice Department is fast-tracking a rule that could reintroduce firing squads and electrocutions to federal executions.
Tracking the Trump Administration’s “Midnight Regulations”
The administration is rushing to implement dozens of policy changes in its final days. We’re following some of the most consequential and controversial.
Georgia Senator David Perdue Privately Pushed for a Tax Break for Rich Sports Teamowners
It’s unclear why Senator Perdue was interested in tax regulation that would impact only a tiny set of the richest Americans. The effort, which wasn’t successful, could have helped several of his donors, including fellow senator Kelly Loeffler.
Junior Staffer Says Top Alaska Official Told Her to Keep Allegations of Misconduct Secret
She received hundreds of “uncomfortable” texts from Alaska’s attorney general, leading to his resignation, and says Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s staff knew of the misconduct for months but no investigation began until a whistleblower appeared.
Trump Campaign Officials Started Pressuring Georgia’s Secretary of State Long Before the Election
The Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, rejected repeated demands to endorse Trump. As the official overseeing the voting, he believed he should remain neutral.
Trump Won Florida After Running a False Ad Tying Biden to Venezuelan Socialists
A Trump video targeting Florida’s growing Venezuelan American population falsely claimed that Venezuela’s socialist regime wanted Biden to win. But President Nicolás Maduro has said that he opposed both candidates.
Trump ganó Florida tras publicar un anuncio falso que vinculaba a Biden con los socialistas venezolanos
Un anuncio de Trump dirigido a la creciente población venezolano-estadounidense de Florida declaró falsamente que el régimen socialista de Venezuela quería que Biden ganara. Pero el presidente Nicolás Maduro ha dicho que se opone a ambos candidatos.
El mito del voto latino y lo que los medios pueden aprender del 2020
Esta contienda electoral nuevamente mostró la necesidad de diversificar las redacciones. La reportera de ProPublica y el Texas Tribune, Perla Trevizo, explica por qué los medios deben de poner atención a las diversas comunidades día tras día, no solo antes de las elecciones.
The Myth of the Latino Vote and What Newsrooms Must Learn From 2020
This election once again showed the need for more distinct voices in newsrooms. ProPublica and Texas Tribune reporter Perla Trevizo explains why newsrooms must comprise and engage the communities they cover — and not just before an election.
The Unexpected Benefits of Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Polling
The most important thing journalists can do as they think about covering and investigating government and politics in election years is to not assume any outcome.
Electionland 2020: How Election Day Went
Read Election Day coverage from ProPublica and Electionland partners.
Esto es lo que pasará si Trump intenta lograr una victoria electoral mediante demandas
Es bastante fácil para la campaña de Trump demandar por irregularidades, pero es mucho más difícil presentar pruebas de irregularidades o un argumento jurídico convincente. Esto es lo que debe saber conforme comienzan a acumularse los litigios relacionados con las elecciones.
If Trump Tries to Sue His Way to Election Victory, Here’s What Happens
It’s easy enough for the Trump campaign to file a lawsuit claiming improprieties, but a lot harder to provide evidence of wrongdoing or a convincing legal argument. Here’s what you need to know as the election lawsuits start to mount.
Al menos 800,000 residentes de estados clave recibieron robocalls pidiéndoles que se “quedaran en casa” el día de las elecciones. El FBI está investigando.
Una empresa que rastrea las llamadas automatizadas, conocidas en inglés como *robocalls*, dijo que se hicieron más de tres millones de llamadas el 3 de noviembre que contenían un mensaje críptico, instando a la gente a “permanecer seguros y quedarse en casa". Las tácticas se suman a otras que buscan confundir a los votantes en este ciclo electoral.
Robocalls Told at Least 800,000 Swing State Residents to “Stay Home” on Election Day. The FBI Is Investigating.
A firm that tracks robocalls said more than 3 million calls were made on Nov. 3, which contained a cryptic message instructing people to “stay safe and stay home.” The tactics join other efforts to confuse voters this election cycle.
Philadelphia niega la acusación de la campaña de Trump de que prohíbe a los observadores electorales republicanos
La ciudad dice que un video ampliamente visto de un observador electoral del GOP (Partido Republicano) que fue rechazado en un centro de votación es un incidente aislado que ocurrió por confusión sobre las reglas y fue corregido rápidamente.
Guía de ProPublica sobre las leyes y demandas electorales de 2020
Independientemente de quién gane la presidencia, las batallas en los tribunales parecen inevitables. A continuación, ofrecemos un panorama general de los estados y las leyes que pueden determinar el resultado.
Electionland de ProPublica: El estado del Día de las Elecciones de 2020
En una elección histórica marcada por una pandemia, el voto por correo y la desinformación, los funcionarios electorales se esfuerzan por adaptarse. Esto es lo que los reporteros nacionales de ProPublica están viendo en todo el país. El artículo será actualizado a lo largo del día
Philadelphia Denies Trump Campaign Allegation of Banning Republican Poll Watchers
The city says that a widely viewed video of a GOP poll watcher being turned away was an isolated and quickly corrected incident resulting from confusion over the rules.
ProPublica’s Electionland: The State of Election Day 2020
In a historic election shaped by a pandemic, mail-in voting and misinformation, election officials are scrambling to adapt. Here’s what ProPublica’s national reporters are seeing across the country. This post will be updated throughout the day.
ProPublica’s Guide to 2020 Election Laws and Lawsuits
Regardless of who wins the presidency, courtroom battles seem almost certain. Here’s a layperson’s look at the states and laws that may determine the outcome.
Varias celebridades gastaron millones de dólares para que ex convictos de Florida pudieran votar. ¿Marcarán alguna diferencia?
Casi 13,000 ex convictos de Florida ahora podrían calificar para votar, después de un esfuerzo apoyado por Michael Bloomberg para pagar sus multas y honorarios judiciales. Pero muchos aún no saben que ya pueden participar en las elecciones legalmente.
La importancia del caso Bush vs. Gore en la elección de 2020
La decisión de la Corte Suprema que otorgó la elección de 2000 a George W. Bush no se considera en general un precedente, pero desde entonces ha sido citada en cientos de casos federales y estatales. Y también podría influir en las elecciones de este año.
Celebrities Spent Millions So Florida Felons Could Vote. Will It Make a Difference?
Nearly 13,000 Florida felons could now be eligible to vote after a Michael Bloomberg-backed push to pay their court fines and fees. But many still don’t know they can legally cast a ballot.
Why Bush v. Gore Still Matters in 2020
The Supreme Court decision that handed the 2000 election to George W. Bush is widely believed not to be a precedent, yet it’s been cited in hundreds of federal and state cases since. It could play a role in this year’s election, too.
How to “Follow the Money” in an Election
You don’t have to be a journalist or investigator to see who is funding who when it comes to U.S. politics, especially during an election year. Here are some ways to see what’s at play in the national and local races that matter to you.
Cómo seguir la pista del dinero en una elección
No hay que ser periodista o investigador para averiguar quién financia a quién cuando se trata de la política estadounidense, especialmente durante un año electoral. Conozca algunas maneras de ver lo que está en juego en las elecciones nacionales y locales que le interesan.
Susan Collins Backed Down From a Fight With Private Equity. Now They’re Underwriting Her Reelection.
The Maine Republican senator has become the No. 1 Senate recipient of private equity donations.
How to Follow a Local Political Race
While the presidential race has a tendency to hog the spotlight, there’s plenty more at stake every election year. Here’s help with understanding local races, and how to learn more about the candidates on your local ballot.
Cómo seguir una contienda política local
Aunque la elección presidencial tiende a acaparar la atención, hay mucho más en juego cada año electoral. Aquí le ayudamos a entender las contiendas locales, y cómo saber más acerca de los candidatos en su boleta local.
Who Is My Member of Congress? How to Find Out What Your Elected Officials Have Been Up To.
Whether you’re voting on a senator or a house representative in 2020, here are some ways to see what your elected officials have been up to — as well as some background on how the whole lawmaking works (and what it looks like when it doesn’t).
¿Quién es mi representante en el Congreso? Cómo averiguar lo que sus funcionarios electos han estado haciendo
Ya sea que vaya a votar por un senador o por un legislador de la Cámara de Representantes en 2020, aquí tiene algunas formas de ver lo que han estado haciendo sus funcionarios electos, así como algunos antecedentes sobre cómo funciona todo el proceso legislativo (y cómo luce cuando no funciona).
Qué hacer si cambia de opinión y decide votar en persona y no por correo
Tal vez solicitó una boleta de votación por correo, pero cambió de opinión y ahora quiere ir personalmente a las urnas. A continuación, explicamos lo que se puede hacer en cada estado si ha cambiado de parecer sobre cómo desea emitir su voto.
El atascamiento partidista en la Comisión Estatal Electoral de Wisconsin frustra a electores y funcionarios locales
Este año electoral, la comisión encargada de supervisar la votación de este estado decisivo se ha estancado por divisiones partidistas en una cifra récord de asuntos clave, dando lugar a incongruencias, desorden y retrasos.
¿Los cubanoamericanos le darán el triunfo a Trump en Florida?
Sesenta y dos años después de la Revolución cubana, las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y la isla cobran gran importancia.
With All Eyes on Wisconsin, Partisan Gridlock at State Elections Commission Frustrates Voters and Local Officials
The commission that oversees voting in the swing state has deadlocked along party lines this year on a record number of key issues, resulting in inconsistency, turmoil, and delays.
Could Trump’s Success With Cuban American Voters Help Tip Florida His Way?
Many Cuban Americans oppose steps the White House has taken against Cuba, but they are still backing his hard-line approach.
Cómo detectar (y combatir) la desinformación electoral
La información errónea o desinformación, especialmente en internet, siguen jugando un papel muy importante en las elecciones de 2020. Conozca más acerca de los tipos de información falsa que es probable que encuentre este año y cómo puede ayudar a combatirla.
How to Spot (and Fight) Election Misinformation
Misinformation and disinformation, especially online, continue to play a huge role in the 2020 election. Learn more about the types of false information you’re likely to come across this year — and how you can help fight it.
Una guía para la votación en persona vs. la votación por correo
En 2020, el proceso de votación de cada estado ha cambiado en respuesta al coronavirus. Independientemente de si planea votar en persona o por correo, hay muchas cosas a tener en cuenta. A continuación, detallamos algunas de las más importantes.
A Guide to In-Person Voting vs. Mail-In Voting
In 2020, every state’s voting process has changed in response to the coronavirus. Regardless of whether you plan to vote in person or by mail, there are many things to consider. Here are some of the most important.
Cómo votar durante una pandemia
Desde el coronavirus hasta la votación por correo, la elección de 2020 se perfila como aún más confusa que las anteriores, lo cual no es poca cosa. A continuación, explicamos qué rayos está pasando este año y lo que puede hacer para participar en nuestra democracia.
How to Vote During a Pandemic
From coronavirus to vote-by-mail, the 2020 election is shaping up to be even more confusing than most, which is saying something. Here’s how to figure out what the heck is going on this year and what you can do to participate in our democracy.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Headlines GOP Fundraiser as COVID-19 Cases Surge
Electioneering by a cabinet secretary is unusual by historical standards, but Trump administration officials continue to show no reluctance to play politics.
Inside the Fall of the CDC
How the world’s greatest public health organization was brought to its knees by a virus, the president and the capitulation of its own leaders, causing damage that could last much longer than the coronavirus.
Millions of Mail-In Votes Have Already Been Cast in Battleground States. Track Their Progress Here.
ProPublica and The Guardian are tracking mail-in votes in battleground states — how many have been requested, how many have been returned and how many have been rejected.
Robert Lighthizer Blew Up 60 Years of Trade Policy. Nobody Knows What Happens Next.
Trump’s trade representative joined the administration with one mission: Bring factory jobs back from overseas. The results so far? Endless trade wars, alienated allies, and a manufacturing recession.
Four Types of Scandals Utility Companies Get Into With Money From Your Electric Bills
When power companies across the country fight for favorable legislation, sometimes their efforts cross the line and customers pay the price.
Guía de ProPublica para asegurar que su voto cuente durante la pandemia
Esto es lo que puede hacer con anticipación para prepararse para las elecciones de 2020.
Inside the Utility Company Lobbying Blitz That Will Hike Electric Bills
Democrats who campaigned against Virginia’s largest public utility, Dominion Energy, swept into office. Then the company’s lobbying efforts kicked into high gear. Here’s how it fought against legislation meant to lower residents’ electric bills.
Your Guide to Voting in Illinois
Everything you need to know about local election deadlines, what the pandemic has changed and casting your ballot so it counts.
DOJ Frees Federal Prosecutors to Take Steps That Could Interfere With Elections, Weakening Long-standing Policy
In an internal announcement, the Justice Department created an exception to a decadeslong policy meant to prevent prosecutors from taking overt investigative steps that might affect the outcome of the vote.
In Florida, the Gutting of a Landmark Law Leaves Few Felons Likely to Vote
State officials don’t know how many felons are registered or eligible to vote. So we did our own analysis and found only a very small percentage of them will be able to cast ballots this election. Some could face prosecution if they do.
Electionland 2020: North Carolina Mail Voting, In-Person Voting Starts, Naked Ballots and More
This week’s headlines on a Texas malware attack, Ohio drop boxes and the latest litigation.
Gov. Jim Justice’s Companies Have Now Reached $140 Million in Lawsuit Settlements and Judgments Over Unpaid Bills
A company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice agreed to a $4.4 million settlement over missed coal shipments. ProPublica previously reported that Justice’s businesses were sued dozens of times for millions in unpaid bills.
When Is a Meeting Not a Meeting and a Lawmaker Not a Lawmaker? When It’s Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago.
Chicago’s mayor held secretive calls with the City Council and claimed they weren't “public business.” We asked the state attorney general’s office to review whether she and the council violated the Open Meetings Act. Its ruling: Yes.
In North Carolina, Black Voters’ Mail-In Ballots Much More Likely to Be Rejected Than Those From Any Other Race
Black voters were more than twice as likely to have mail-in ballots rejected than those submitted by the state’s white voters in 2018, and rejection rates for 2020 show a similar pattern, according to a new analysis by ProPublica and WRAL News.
Trump’s Vaccine Czar Refuses to Give Up Stock in Drug Company Involved in His Government Role
The administration calls Moncef Slaoui, who leads its vaccine race, a “contractor” to sidestep rules against personally profiting from government positions. Slaoui owns $10 million in stock of a company working with his team to develop a vaccine.
ProPublica’s Pandemic Guide to Making Sure Your Vote Counts
Here’s what you can do ahead of time to be prepared for the 2020 election.
The Woman Propositioned by Alaska’s Former Lieutenant Governor Tells Her Story for the First Time
In 2018, Jody Potts was the target of misconduct from then-Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Two days later, he resigned, but the details of what happened have never been publicly told until now.
Rick Perry’s Ukrainian Dream
When the then-energy secretary accidentally helped lead the president into impeachment, he was simultaneously trying to help his friends cash in on a big gas deal.
As Trump Calls for Law and Order, Can Chicago’s Top Prosecutor Beat the Charge That She’s Soft on Crime?
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was elected on a promise of reform. In a year of unrest and fear, she’ll find out if voters really want it.
Alaska’s Attorney General Resigns Hours After We Published “Uncomfortable” Texts He Sent to a Younger Colleague
An Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica investigation revealed Kevin Clarkson texted a much-younger state employee hundreds of times, often using kiss emoji and commenting on her appearance.
What the Post Office Needs to Survive a Pandemic Election
Fueled by the president’s unfounded claims about rampant voter fraud, and reports of equipment being removed, the plight of the United States Postal Service has captured America’s attention. Will it collapse? Here’s what you need to know.
Kamala Harris Reading Guide: The Best Reporting on the Vice Presidential Candidate
Harris has spent decades in elected office, moving from prosecutor to the presidential trail. If you are just catching up, here are some of the highlights of her journey.
This Billionaire Governor Keeps Firing Top Officials When He Has a Crisis
Similar to President Donald Trump, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has been particularly aggressive at forcing out top officials, including most recently the state’s top public health officer, faulting others when things go wrong.
How Hotel Chains Got a Slice of Government Aid for Small Businesses
Up to $1 billion in small business relief dollars went to hotel chains with more than 500 employees. One beneficiary was the client of a former aide to Sen. Susan Collins who was among many lobbying her to create this special exception.
Justice Department Is Scrutinizing Takeover of Credit Karma by Intuit, Maker of TurboTax
The antitrust probe comes after ProPublica detailed how the takeover could reduce competition in the tax prep business.
Bill Barr Has Done This Before
As the Trump administration publicizes its latest show of federal force in Chicago, advocates say there are better ways to prevent violence.
The Disinfomercial: How Larry King Got Duped Into Starring in Chinese Propaganda
The broadcasting icon’s fake interview with a Russian journalist went viral on social media, spread by accounts tied to China’s government.
How Voter-Fraud Hysteria and Partisan Bickering Ate American Election Oversight
The federal Election Assistance Commission has neglected key responsibilities or ceded them to other agencies — and two of its four commissioners are parroting the president’s unfounded warnings about vote by mail.
Inside One Huge Company’s (Mostly) Successful Campaign to Escape Trump’s Tariffs
Minnesota-based company Polaris has lobbied relentlessly to get out of tariffs. Its CEO donated to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who later advocated for the company. And it has leveraged support from several others in Congress and the administration.
The Cuomo Administration Hasn’t Said Which Nursing Homes Were Infected With COVID-19 After Its Order Sent Positive Patients Into Them
Dozens of New York nursing homes didn’t see their first COVID-19 case until sick patients were sent there, many under Andrew Cuomo’s state policy. To date, 6% of the state’s nursing home population, or roughly 6,500 residents, have died.
Andrew Cuomo’s Report on Controversial Nursing Home Policy for COVID Patients Prompts More Controversy
A state report on Cuomo’s decision to order nursing homes to take in COVID positive patients in the early days of the pandemic fails to deal with the central question: did such admissions lead to more infection and death, and if so how significantly.
Three Takeaways From the Supreme Court’s Decisions on Trump’s Tax and Financial Documents
The Supreme Court finally ruled on whether Congress and investigators can obtain the president’s financial information. The answer is yes — but it’s a little more complicated than that.
Electionland 2020: NJ Primary, CDC Election Guidance, Fall Voting Plans and More
This week’s headlines on pandemic voting measures, vote by mail problems, and election funding.
Companies Owned by This Billionaire Governor Received up to $24 Million in Bailout Loans
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his family received between $11 million and $24 million from a federal coronavirus economic relief program. His luxury resort received up to $10 million, but did not promise to retain jobs because of the loan.
Why Do People Want to See Donald Trump’s Tax Returns?
Trump has broken a long tradition of presidents sharing their tax histories. Two Supreme Court cases are looking at whether House committees and a New York grand jury can subpoena financial institutions for Trump’s personal and business tax filings.
An Employee at a Private Sports Club Owned by This Billionaire Governor Tested Positive for Coronavirus
After complaints alleging lax reopening practices at Gov. Jim Justice’s luxury resort, a kitchen employee has tested positive at the sports club affiliated with the hotel. Officials at the venue are scrambling to be ready for the July 4 weekend.
Has the IRS Hit Bottom?
Every year, the IRS annual report is an opportunity to measure how effectively the U.S. government has sabotaged its own ability to enforce its tax laws. This year’s report signals historic lows for U.S. tax enforcement.
One of America’s Wealthiest States Might Pass Up an Opportunity to Tackle Housing Segregation
Connecticut is one of the most segregated places in the country. Despite widespread protests over racial inequities, Gov. Ned Lamont and other leaders are resisting calls to address the state’s affordable housing crisis.
The Indian Health Service Wants to Return 1 Million KN95 Masks It Bought From a Former White House Official
The former official, Zach Fuentes, is refusing to take back the masks even though IHS said they did not meet FDA standards. His company’s lawyer says the IHS is trying to cancel the order for “political reasons.”
Oyster, Air Fryer and Bicycle Companies Say Their Goods Are Essential to Fighting Coronavirus So They Can Get Tariff Relief
Trump’s trade agency is taking applications for products that should escape new tariffs. Companies making everything from shoes to hors d’oeuvres are submitting justifications that are … creative.
Stop Seizing Paychecks, Senators Write to Capital One and Other Debt Collectors
Wage garnishments ordered before the pandemic started have continued for many workers during the recession. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown have demanded an end to the practice.
The Governor Urged Businesses to Reopen Safely, but a Restaurant at His Luxury Resort Didn’t, Complaints Say
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice allowed bars and restaurants to reopen in late May. Since then, a steakhouse at the luxury resort he owns has received repeated complaints for not reopening safely. A health inspector called it an “unnecessary risk.”
What the Trump Campaign Is Up To on YouTube (Hint: It Involves Aliens, Bin Laden and Ivanka)
Mostly stymied from holding his mass rallies, the world’s most famous Twitter user is turning to a different part of the internet — but with the same message.
An Illustrated History of Government Agencies Twisting the Truth to Align With White House Misinformation
When Trump pushes outlandish misinformation, his federal agencies have turned it into official guidance and policy. Some have later had to reverse themselves.
Inside the Trump Administration’s Decision to Leave the World Health Organization
Despite Trump’s declared exit from the WHO, officials continued working toward reforms and to prevent withdrawal. This week, they were told they must justify any cooperation with the WHO on the grounds of national security and public health safety.
Democratic Senators Call for USAID to Investigate Anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim Comments by Appointees
The Democrats’ request comes as the agency grapples with internal frustration over its approach to racism and bias.
The Postal Service Is Steadily Getting Worse — Can It Handle a National Mail-In Election?
Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic.
“I Can’t Speak Negatively About the President,” Says Official Charged With Stimulus Oversight
President Donald Trump’s purge of watchdogs is on the mind of one of the newly hired officials charged with overseeing the more than $2 trillion CARES Act.
We Reported on Corporate Tax Breaks in the Rust Belt. Now Officials Want Tougher Enforcement.
Ohio officials are calling for stricter regulation of corporate tax breaks after a Business Journal and ProPublica investigation found half the projects that received tax abatements in Youngstown since the 1990s failed to deliver the jobs promised.
Contractors for Trump’s Controversial $3 Billion Food Aid Program Have Hired a Longtime Lobbyist to Tout Their Work
Lawmakers are asking why some federal contractors in Trump’s food aid program apparently lack qualifications to deliver the goods. Companies hired a consultant to tell positive stories.
Law Enforcement Files Discredit Brian Kemp’s Accusation That Democrats Tried to Hack the Georgia Election
Kemp’s explosive allegation, just days before the closely contested 2018 election, drew wide attention. But newly released documents show that there was no such hack.
Electionland 2020: Trump on Vote by Mail, Poll Worker PPE, Naturalizations and More
This week’s headlines on Trump’s escalating attacks on vote by mail, the latest in election lawsuits, coronavirus impacts on in-person voting and more.
This Billionaire Governor’s Been Sued Over Unpaid Bills. A Judge Just Ordered Him to Pay More.
On Wednesday, another company owned by Gov. Jim Justice was ordered to pay nearly $2.8 million in a judgment over unpaid bills. The ruling comes just weeks before West Virginia’s primary election, where Justice is campaigning for a second term.
A Closer Look at Federal COVID Contractors Reveals Inexperience, Fraud Accusations and a Weapons Dealer Operating Out of Someone’s House
The Trump administration has promised at least $1.8 billion to 335 first-time contractors, often without competitive bidding or thorough vetting of their backgrounds.
States Are Reopening: See How Coronavirus Cases Rise or Fall
As states reopen, see if they meet White House guidelines for reopening and whether their COVID-19 infection rate is increasing or not.
A Trump Official Tried to Fast-Track Funding for His Friend’s Unproven COVID-19 “Treatment,” Whistleblower Says
Whistleblowing virologist Rick Bright says that his Trump-appointed boss tried to fast-track funding for a friend’s coronavirus treatment, and that he was reassigned for insisting that funding be reserved for “safe and scientifically vetted solutions.”
The Justice Department Accidentally Released the Name of Saudi Official Suspected of Helping the 9/11 Hijackers
William Barr’s DOJ inadvertently named Saudi official Musaed al-Jarrah in a court filing after trying for two years to conceal his identity.
ProPublica Joins News Organizations in Suing for Small Business Program Loan Info
The Small Business Administration, which is administering the lending program, has said it will disclose the names of companies that got loans — just not yet. News organizations are suing to stop the delay.
Ignoring Trump and Right-Wing Think Tanks, Red States Expand Vote by Mail
The Heritage Foundation and other conservative groups warn, with little evidence, that voting by mail fosters fraud. But some Republican secretaries of state reject those concerns and see no alternative to absentee voting if the pandemic persists.
These Companies Got Millions in Tax Breaks to Bring Jobs to Youngstown. They Created Next to None.
When the American steel industry collapsed, few places were hit as hard as Youngstown, Ohio. Desperate for investment, officials awarded millions in property tax breaks to companies promising new jobs. But those efforts have largely failed to deliver.
Why a Struggling Rust Belt City Pinned Its Revival on a Self-Chilling Beverage Can
Welcome to Youngstown, Ohio, home of Chill-Can, the self-chilling beverage container you’ve probably never heard of. Officials have gambled millions of dollars and demolished a neighborhood for the product. Not one job has been created yet.
On the Same Day Sen. Richard Burr Dumped Stock, So Did His Brother-in-Law. Then the Market Crashed.
The brother-in-law, a Trump appointee, sold between $97,000 and $280,000 worth of stock. Burr is under federal investigation over whether he traded on non-public information gathered through his work in the Senate.
The Bigoted, Conspiratorial Rants of Rudy Giuliani’s Radio Show
Rudy Giuliani has baselessly speculated that the coronavirus could be a plot by the Chinese government, and that “life doesn’t mean” to them what it means in Western civilization. It’s one of several rants we found while listening to his broadcasts.
A Conservative Legal Group Significantly Miscalculated Data in a Report on Mail-In Voting
President Trump touted a new report on voter fraud, but ProPublica found a critical error with the data. Even with the correction, experts say the report is misleading.
Whether the Ballot You Mail Is Counted May Depend on Where You Vote
All vote by mail systems are not created equal. In Wisconsin, a vote cast in one town would have been rejected in another. In Florida, young voters’ ballots are most likely to be tossed.
Grieving Families Need Help Paying for COVID-19 Burials, but Trump Hasn’t Released the Money
FEMA has helped pay for the burials of victims of past disasters. But months into the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has sat on similar requests. Families of COVID-19 victims have been forced to turn to religious centers and GoFundMe.
Health Insurers to Investors: We’re Good. Health Insurers to Lawmakers: Please Help.
Cigna executives told analysts the pandemic wouldn’t hurt its business, while the health insurance lobby asked Congress for aid.
Did He Talk About Her? VA Secretary Changes His Story Amid Allegations He Sought Dirt on House Staffer.
Robert Wilkie is under investigation after a complaint that he sought information to discredit a House staffer who said she was sexually assaulted in a VA hospital. Wilkie denied discussing her with Rep. Dan Crenshaw. But an email indicates he did.
How Jared Kushner Is Tackling the White House’s Coronavirus Response — Without Any Evident Experience
The president’s son-in-law and adviser has added the emergency-response supply chain to his extensive list of duties. He views himself as a disrupter — but that’s not always a good thing.
Leaked Recordings Reveal Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Firmly in Charge and City Alderman Left Largely on the Sidelines
Combative and, at times, dismissive, Chicago’s first-term mayor gathers power as she leads the city’s fight against the coronavirus.
Congress Is Investigating Whether a Ventilator Company Is Gouging the U.S. — and Why the Government Is Letting It Happen
A congressional subcommittee is questioning a federal decision to pay quadruple the price for the commercial version of a ventilator Royal Philips N.V. had developed with taxpayer funds.
Trump Administration Officials Warned Against Halting Funding to WHO, Leaked Memo Shows
A draft State Department memo says the move would “cede ground” to China and hobble the global response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Attorney General Barr Refuses to Release 9/11 Documents to Families of the Victims
The move comes after President Donald Trump promised to help families, who accuse Saudi Arabia of complicity in the attacks. Barr says he cannot even explain why the material must stay secret without putting national security at risk.
Millions of Americans Might Not Get Stimulus Checks. Some Might Be Tricked Into Paying TurboTax to Get Theirs.
Congress gave the IRS the job of sending out coronavirus rescue checks. But the underfunded agency is struggling, while for-profit companies like Intuit have started circling, hoping to convert Americans in need into paying customers.
Senator Richard Burr Sold D.C. Townhouse to Donor at a Rich Price
In a private transaction, Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina, sold the townhouse to lobbyists who had business before his committees.
Senate Intel Chair Sold Dutch Fertilizer Stock in 2018, Right Before a Collapse
The newly identified trades come as Sen. Richard Burr is under federal investigation for selling stocks ahead of the coronavirus stock market crash.
How Tea Party Budget Battles Left the National Emergency Medical Stockpile Unprepared for Coronavirus
Fiscal restraints imposed by Republicans in Congress in the early years of the Obama administration left the U.S. less prepared to respond to the coronavirus pandemic today.
Rural Counties Consider an Alternative Type of Social Distancing — Kicking Chicago Out of Illinois
In counties where COVID-19 has yet to hit, a timeless topic is flaring up again: Would Illinois be better off without Chicago?
We’re Making Public Records Requests to Help Us Cover the Coronavirus. Tell Us What We Should Be Asking For.
Are you an expert, government employee or someone who regularly interacts with government agencies? We’re looking for those in the know to tell us what kinds of public records we should be asking for. Help us find the records that will shed light on the crisis and hold those in power to account.
The White House Asked Manufacturers for Help, Then Gave Them No Clear Instructions
Vice President Mike Pence wants the private sector to donate critical medical supplies to help during the coronavirus pandemic. But the White House’s chaotic requests have not included consistent information on how exactly businesses can do that.
The Senator Who Dumped His Stocks Before the Coronavirus Crash Has Asked Ethics Officials for a “Complete Review”
After ProPublica’s report that Richard Burr dumped stocks after reassuring the public about coronavirus readiness, he said he welcomed an ethics investigation.
Here’s Why Florida Got All the Emergency Medical Supplies It Requested While Other States Did Not
The Department of Health and Human Services has come under fire as several states’ requests for supplies from the emergency medical stockpile go unfulfilled. A chaotic distribution plan is buckling under a big problem: Nobody has enough.
Senator Dumped Up to $1.7 Million of Stock After Reassuring Public About Coronavirus Preparedness
Intelligence Chair Richard Burr’s selloff came around the time he was receiving daily briefings on the health threat.
No, President Trump, the Coronavirus Is Nothing Like H1N1 Swine Flu Either
The president has been comparing his administration’s handling of COVID-19 to the way President Barack Obama’s team dealt with the H1N1 outbreak. He is wrong.
Elections May Have to Change During the Coronavirus Outbreak. Here’s How.
States may shift primary dates, but only Congress can change the federal elections. We spoke to an elections expert to learn what you need to know about how coronavirus could affect the way voters cast their ballots in November.
During Tuesday’s Illinois Primary, Chicago Alderman and Former Firefighter Nicholas Sposato Delivered Pizzas at the Polls as His Ward Office Remained Open
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Sposato said he wanted to serve his constituents. “It is what it is,” he said.
The RNC Gave Big Contracts to Companies Linked to Its Chairwoman’s Husband and Political Backers
The Republican National Committee’s conflict-of-interest policy says party contracts shouldn’t go to its employees’ family or financial associates. After Ronna McDaniel became chair, the RNC made questionable payments.
Trump’s Company Paid Bribes to Reduce Property Taxes, Assessors Say
Five former city employees and a former Trump Organization employee say the company used middlemen to pay New York City tax assessors to lower building assessments and pay less taxes in the 1980s and 1990s.
As Commerce Dept. Starts Regulating Some Gun Exports, Experts Worry It Doesn’t Have All the Info It Needs
Commerce is taking over some responsibility from the State Department, but it does not yet have access to the watchlist that State has spent years building.
Members of Congress Have a New Strategy for Ethics Investigations: Stonewalling
The Office of Congressional Ethics does not have subpoena power, so lawmakers have increasingly decided that not cooperating is the better approach.
Some Election-Related Websites Still Run on Vulnerable Software Older Than Many High Schoolers
Our analysis found that websites in dozens of towns and counties voting on Super Tuesday have security weaknesses. Richmond, Va., still uses software from 2003.
The RNC Stopped Paying a Data Firm After A Serious Breach. Then It Paid A Mysterious LLC With the Same Address.
Three years after the Republican National Committee publicly sidelined the sullied firm, it paid an LLC with the same address $900,000 for “data services.” The RNC said it wouldn’t “waste any more breath explaining these innocuous issues.”
Steve Bannon’s Use of Private Jet Linked to Chinese Businessman Could Violate Campaign Finance Law
The former Trump adviser used a plane apparently owned by businessman Guo Wengui. Americans are barred from receiving services for campaigns donated by foreign nationals.
Trump’s New Spy Chief Once Got $100,000 from a Group Funded by the Hungarian Government but Never Reported It
Richard Grenell’s past clients could raise concerns about his access to state secrets, according to his own office’s rules.
The FBI Is Investigating Massive Embezzlement of Border Patrol Union Funds
The head of the powerful union representing border patrol agents nationwide said the FBI is working to identify who stole some $500,000 out of the coffers of the El Paso local. The theft raises more questions about lawlessness in the union’s ranks.
Trump’s New Spy Chief Used to Work for a Foreign Politician the U.S. Accused of Corruption
Richard Grenell did not disclose payments for advocacy work on behalf of a Moldovan politician whom the U.S. later accused of corruption. His own office’s policy says that could leave him vulnerable to blackmail.
Republican National Committee Obscured How Much It Pays Its Chief of Staff
Amid the record-breaking flows of cash, the RNC is giving lucrative consulting work to a select group of political operatives with Trump campaign ties.
The Benefits of Being Joe Biden’s Brother
Jim Biden has been at his brother’s side at nearly every critical junction in Joe’s life. He’s also repeatedly tapped into Joe’s political network for help with his finances, and used Joe’s fame to promote his business ventures.
A Group of Agents Rose Through the Ranks to Lead the Border Patrol. They’re Leaving It in Crisis.
How several agents from a small outpost in Arizona, including recently retired chief Carla Provost, climbed to the top of the Border Patrol, then one by one retired, leaving corruption, misconduct and a toxic culture in their wake.
VA Secretary Looked for Dirt on a House Staffer Who Reported Sexual Assault in a VA Hospital, Complaint Says
VA chief Robert Wilkie called a House policy advisor’s assault allegation “unsubstantiated” even though an independent investigation found it was not.
How Louisiana Lawmakers Stop Residents’ Efforts to Fight Big Oil and Gas
Louisiana has pioneered ways for other states to discourage environmental protests around “critical infrastructure” projects. Much of it can be traced back to efforts by corporate lobbyists.
Iowa’s Lesson: Political Parties Are Not as Good as Government Officials at Counting Votes
Most primaries are run by state and local governments. But caucuses are different — and Iowa shows how that can be a problem.
Local Accountability Journalism Still Has a Huge Impact
Between the Local Reporting Network and ProPublica Illinois, our work shows that state leaders across the country are listening and things can change.
Donald and Ivanka Trump Were Involved in Inauguration’s Inflated Payments to Family Business, New Suit Says
“Members of the Trump family were aware of and involved in the negotiation of this unconscionable contract,” the District of Columbia’s attorney general wrote in the suit.
Listen to Jared Kushner’s Family Saga
To understand top presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, you have to learn his family history.
Kansas Abandons Technology Trumpeted by Kris Kobach, Trump’s Onetime Voter Fraud Czar
A system supposedly meant to root out voter fraud was beset by security and accuracy issues.
Donald Trump Jr. Went to Mongolia, Got Special Treatment From the Government and Killed an Endangered Sheep
During a summer 2019 hunting trip, Donald Trump Jr. killed a rare argali sheep. The Mongolian government issued him a hunting permit retroactively and he met with the country’s president.
See How This Political Boss and His Associates Bought Up Valuable Land After A Tax Break Law
Camden’s waterfront sat vacant for decades, but George E. Norcross III helped to usher in lucrative tax breaks. The land went to his friends and allies. Now, federal investigators are looking into some of the deals.
Misinformation Efforts Over Kentucky Vote Could Be Playbook for 2020
False claims of misconduct in the race for governor in Kentucky are likely a precursor to the coming combat over the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential vote.
How Mike Pence’s Office Meddled in Foreign Aid to Reroute Money to Favored Christian Groups
Officials at USAID warned that favoring Christian groups in Iraq could be unconstitutional and inflame religious tensions. When one colleague lost her job, they said she had been “Penced.”
Tracking White House staffers, Cabinet members and political appointees across the government
While Trump Cracked Down on Immigration, a Republican Megadonor Sued for a Special Visa
Shipping supplies billionaires Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein frequently back “America First” candidates and causes. When it comes to their own company, it’s a different matter.
Where Do Illinois Lawmakers Stand on Impeachment?
Here’s a slice of news around the state this week, via our newsletter.
Inside the Trump Administration’s Chaotic Dismantling of the Federal Land Agency
Internal records from the Bureau of Land Management contradict what its chief told Congress about a plan to ship 200 D.C.-based career staff out West. The plan would weaken the agency, which stands between federal lands and oil, gas and mineral companies.
Report on Election Security Gains Attention, and a Sharp Rebuke
A Virginia cybersecurity company asserted many states were vulnerable to election system intrusions. Critics called the report flawed and questioned whether the company was looking to exploit legitimate anxiety about election security.
State Tax Breaks Rewarded Companies Connected to One Powerful Man. The Governor Just Killed Them — for Now.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed the state’s controversial tax incentive program after a WNYC-ProPublica investigation into its connection to George E. Norcross III, and months of scrutiny.
Lawmakers Call for Ethics Reform to Deal With Billionaire Resort-Owning Governor
West Virginia legislators want Gov. Jim Justice to put The Greenbrier in a blind trust after a Charleston Gazette-Mail and ProPublica investigation. But the governor dismisses the report as “garbage.”
How a Video Gambling Company Helped Bankroll Local Politicians
And updates on the creation of new casinos around the state.
Welcome to the Greenbrier, the Governor-Owned Luxury Resort Filled With Conflicts of Interest
Gov. Jim Justice is West Virginia’s richest man and owns its most storied resort. When lobbyists and state agencies book there, he profits. Here’s how the governor, dubbed “Big Jim,” became West Virginia’s little Trump.
You Can Now See Who’s Contributing to 2020 Presidential Campaigns by State
ProPublica is making available the quarterly records of itemized contributions to presidential candidates by state. Track the money going into presidential campaigns using ProPublica’s interactive database, FEC Itemizer.
How Fundraisers Convinced Conservatives to Donate $10 Million — Then Kept Almost All of It.
Beginning in 2012, operatives used a federal PAC to target small-dollar donors, claiming they’d use the money to oppose Barack Obama. But that’s not what happened.
The Questions Mueller Didn’t Ask
The “Trump, Inc.” team listened to all of special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony. We talk about what wasn’t said.
Federal Election Agency, Hungry for Funds, Now Pays for Officials to Get to Office
Congressional overseers raise concerns as the Election Assistance Commission picks up the tab for commissioners commuting to work from out of state.
Follow the 2020 Money Trail
Presidential candidates must file their campaign finances quarterly and their next deadline is July 15. Keep track of the money they’re raising and spending using ProPublica’s interactive database, FEC Itemizer.
Meet the Congressman Defending Questionable Tax Breaks for a Company Connected to His Rich Brother
After multiple issues have surfaced with Holtec International’s New Jersey tax break application, Rep. Donald Norcross, its biggest congressional supporter (and the brother of a Holtec board member) is playing defense.
A Huge Tax Break Went to a Politically Connected Company in New Jersey Despite Red Flags
Holtec International told New Jersey regulators that Ohio was competing for its new headquarters. But officials there stripped the firm of past tax awards for failing to create the jobs it promised.
More Instances of Fraud and Mismanagement Over New Jersey Tax Incentives Surface in New Report
A hospital connected to New Jersey political boss George E. Norcross III lied to win state tax breaks, a new special task force report says. The report details several other new pieces of evidence of Norcross’ influence over the tax incentive program.
The Tax Break Application Had a False Answer. Now the State Has Put the Break on Hold.
After WNYC and ProPublica identified a false answer on nuclear company Holtec International’s New Jersey tax break application, state officials have frozen the break pending further investigation.
Illinois Video Gambling Tax Hike Will Be Decided by Lawmakers With Financial Ties to the Industry
As video gambling has grown in the state, so have the industry’s links to lawmakers.
Emails Show How Much Pull Political Bosses Had Over State Tax Breaks
State officials scrambled to meet the demands of a lawyer at the firm where Philip Norcross, the brother of New Jersey political boss George E. Norcross III, is managing partner.
New York City’s Early Voting Plan Will Favor White, Affluent Voters, Advocacy Groups Say
In a letter, the New York Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause New York and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law said the plan “will impose a severe burden on many of the City’s low-income voters.”
Three Ways Chicago’s City Council Keeps Its Committees Out of the Public Eye
And has thwarted efforts to increase transparency, too.
At Chicago’s City Council, Committees Are Used to Reward Political Favors and Fund Patronage
Without new oversight and accountability, City Hall cannot “escape corruption, mismanagement and waste,” the city watchdog says.
New Jersey Task Force Examines Tax Breaks for George Norcross Projects
A task force appointed by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy says it will investigate projects connected to the state’s top political boss.
How Companies and Allies of One Powerful Democrat Got $1.1 Billion in Tax Breaks
Meet George Norcross. Nearly two thirds of $1.6 billion in tax incentives in his hometown of Camden, New Jersey, went to his own company, business partners, political allies and clients of his brother.
Have a Complaint About a South Carolina Judge? Help Us Investigate.
A judicial disciplinary office that’s supposed to monitor misconduct on the bench works in secret, shielding its records even from those who filed complaints. You can help bring more information to light.
South Carolina: The State Where Judges Rule Themselves in Secret
Ethics complaints against South Carolina’s circuit judges are buried in an opaque system that shields the accused.
Kentucky’s Secretary of State Turns Up Heat in Fight With Elections Board
Alison Lundergan Grimes removed the State Board of Elections’ executive director, a longtime critic of her actions, from a national committee on improving the country’s voting systems.
Chicago in a Single Tweet, and News From Elections Around the State
Illinois has among the most racially diverse set of political leaders in the country.
Trump, All About Winning, Sees Losses in Court Pile Up
The president has had scores of his initiatives shot down by federal judges. The Washington Post actually counted how many.
Promises, Tamales and Even Truth-Telling: Chicago’s Mayoral Race Hits the Final Stretch
In the campaign to succeed Rahm Emanuel, candidates Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle talk neighborhoods and look for votes.
VA’s Private Care Program Headed for Tech Trouble, Review Finds
“These people are out of their minds,” one VA doctor said.
Kentucky Legislature Passes Bill Stripping Grimes of Authority Over State Board of Elections
The bill takes multiple steps to scale back the level of control Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has asserted over the board in recent years.
Senators Urge IRS to Focus on Big-Time Tax Cheats, Citing ProPublica Stories
Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and three fellow senators say the agency should do more to tackle financial crimes, even in the face of crippling budget cuts.
Chicago’s Election Signals Break from the Past — in Wards and at City Hall
In the 49th Ward, a newcomer from the left unseated the once progressive Joe Moore. And mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle tried to distance themselves from Rahm Emanuel, although the two top finishers have their own ties to the political establishment.
At Chicago City Hall, the Legislative Branch Rarely Does Much Legislating
The mayor dominates the City Council while aldermen reign over the “fiefdoms” of their wards.
Cook County Takes Steps to Erase Its Regional Gang Database
Commissioners are set to pass a law banning the database and requiring it to be destroyed.
How Has the “Crack Cocaine of Gambling” Affected Illinois? The State Hasn’t Bothered to Check.
Since video gambling went live in 2012, more than 30,000 video slot and poker machines have been installed in the state and gamblers have lost more than $5 billion. Yet Illinois has failed to address the issue of gambling addiction in any meaningful way.
Trump Inauguration Chief Tom Barrack’s “Rules for Success” — “Trump, Inc.” Podcast
Under Barrack’s leadership, the presidential inauguration committee raised a record $107 million and a lot of questions.
The VA Is Paying for a Top Official’s Cross-Country Commute
Darin Selnick, the architect of the Trump administration’s controversial new policies on private health care for veterans, traveled to Washington from his home in California twice a month at taxpayer expense.
Former Trump Officials Are Supposed to Avoid Lobbying. Except 33 Haven’t.
The former officials — including ex-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke — have found ways to sidestep the administration’s ethics pledge. At least 18 of them are now registered federal lobbyists and the rest work in jobs that closely resemble lobbying.
New Evidence Emerges of Possible Wrongdoing by Trump Inaugural Committee
The Trump inaugural appears to have overpaid for space at Trump’s Washington hotel, a possible violation of the law. Federal prosecutors are probing the festivities.
The Curious Case of a Kentucky Cybersecurity Contract
When Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes hired a firm called CyberScout to address the state’s election security, she was putting her faith in a company that had never tackled such a challenge and had drawn opposition from her staff. They questioned both the hiring process — and the results.
A Power Grab in Kentucky Sparks a Revolt
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes expanded her sway over Kentucky’s election process with audacity, a willingness to fight — and a board that didn’t appear to be paying close attention. But the conflict isn’t over.
A Onetime Rising Democratic Star Faces Questions About Voter Privacy
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who attained national prominence for a failed Senate run against Mitch McConnell, is taking heat because her staff has routinely examined the voting records of state employees, job applicants and even potential political rivals.
How Illinois Bet on Video Gambling and Lost
Lawmakers said legalizing video gambling would generate billions of dollars for the state. Instead, it’s proved to be little more than a money grab.
Will Pelosi Open the Floor to Bipartisan Ideas?
She has agreed to a more open process, but amendments backed by both parties have become a rarity in polarized Washington.
What We Learned From Collecting 100,000 Targeted Facebook Ads
More than 16,000 people have participated in our project to collect and analyze political ads on the social media platform during the midterm elections this year.
Updated: The Hidden Money Funding the Midterms
Strategies that let super PACs delay revealing their donors until after the election are gaining popularity among both Democrats and Republicans.
VA Was “Taken Advantage Of” by Paying Billions in Fees, Secretary Says
Officials vowed to improve the department’s private care program. But lawmakers voiced concerns about higher costs and worse health care for veterans.
The Laquan McDonald Shooting Keeps Exposing Critical Flaws in Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act
After Chicago officials denied records requests from the police shooting, the attorney general’s office did little to push the city to make documents public.
In Louisiana, More Than a Third of Ex-Lawmakers Continue to Try to Influence Their Old Colleagues
Jim Tucker, Troy Hebert and Nick Gautreaux are among 35 past lawmakers since 2010 who became lobbyists, agency heads, legislative influencers or state board appointees.
Elkhart’s Mayor Says He Won’t Run for Re-election, Amid Revelations of Misconduct in the Police Ranks
Since November, two police officers have been charged with misdemeanor battery; news reports have detailed the promotion of many officers with disciplinary records; and the police chief has resigned.
What Chicago Voters Can Look Forward to in a Very Crowded Mayoral Election
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How to Get Your Lawmakers to Listen
In our final installment of the User’s Guide to Democracy, we asked a live panel of congressional experts to help you stay engaged in politics after the midterms have ended.
Members of Congress have plenty to say. We're here to keep track.
Why the Perfect Red-State Democrat Lost
Taylor Sappington is exactly the kind of candidate his party should want in Ohio. But he couldn’t get union support.
The Election Is Over. And Now the Next Elections Begin.
After Tuesday’s bluebath, Democrats dominate. But what comes next?
Aging Machines, Crowds, Humidity: Problems at the Polls Were Mundane but Widespread
Instead of fireworks from voter intimidation or cyberattacks, Americans grappled with the mundane frustrations of using dated equipment to vote in huge numbers.
How North Carolina’s Early Voting Changes Affect Voters
Residents of poor and rural counties have to drive farther than others to get to the polls during early balloting. Our map lets you explore the data.
Last-Minute Tips for Figuring Out Your Ballot and Making Sure You Can Vote
The midterms are here. Here’s everything you need to know to hit the polls and cast an informed vote this election season.
The Informed Voter’s Guide to Making Sure Your Vote Counts
Worried about voting? Here’s what to know before you go.
Democratic Mailer in Texas Referred to Attorney General’s Office
A voter-registration form sent by the party had a pre-checked response indicating the person filling it out was a U.S. citizen, though that wasn’t true for everybody who received it.
How to “Follow the Money” When It Comes to Political Campaigns
Fun with FEC filings, campaign expenditures and super PACs.
In Illinois Governor’s Race, Rauner and Pritzker See a Clear Need to Promise Transparency
The Freedom of Information Act backlog starts with offices around the state, including the governor’s.
Pump and Trump
Donald Trump claims he only licensed his name for real estate projects developed by others. But an investigation of a dozen Trump deals shows deep family involvement in projects that often involved deceptive practices.
Citizens Count on the Illinois Freedom of Information Act but Keep Getting Shut Out
The office of the public access counselor was supposed to enforce open government laws. Nearly a decade later, it’s backlogged and frequently ignored.
Let Us Know About Voting Problems During the Midterm Elections
Here’s how you can participate in Electionland.
Election Experts: We Need You
If you’re an expert in election administration or election law, and you’re interested in helping us cover voting during the 2018 midterms, here’s how.
4 Questions to Ask When Comparing Midterm Candidates
It’s time to hit the campaign trail.
The Cost of the Office? Trump’s Billion-Dollar Loss — “Trump, Inc.” Podcast Extra
A new investigation by Forbes magazine finds the president’s net worth has dropped significantly since he took office.
How Much Money Is Being Spent in the Illinois Governor’s Race?
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How Effective Is Your Representative?
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Elliott Broidy’s All-Access Pass — “Trump, Inc.” Podcast
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Bipartisan Furor as North Carolina Election Law Shrinks Early Voting Locations by Almost 20 Percent
Nearly half of the state’s counties are shutting down polling places, in part because of a law passed in June.
What’s in a Resume? A Lot, When It Comes to Trump Staffers
We’re compiling the resumes of political appointees for our Trump Town application — and some of them include telling information not revealed in financial disclosure forms.
New in Trump Town: Staffer Resumes
After discovering that the resumes of political appointees include information not revealed on their financial disclosure forms, Property of the People used data from Trump Town and Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain as many staff resumes as possible.
Voting in America Is WILD. Here’s How to Plan Ahead.
If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.
Congress Passes Measure to Protect Board that Monitors Nuclear Safety
The Energy Department had taken steps to curtail the reach and authority of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. New Mexico’s senators are fighting back.
The Election DataBot: Now Even Easier
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ProPublica’s User’s Guide to Democracy: Political Advertising
It’s hard to track, hard to regulate, but essential to understand.
Shedding Some Light on Dark Money Political Donors
Political nonprofits don’t have to disclose the names of their donors. But thanks to a good-government group, you can now find out about nearly $763 million in donations to these “dark money” organizations.
Note to the Next Mayor: Chicago Is a City of the World, But We Want the Neighborhoods Fixed, Too
In the community where Officer Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald four years ago, residents worry about policing, crime and inequality.
New Mexico Senators Speak Out Over Order They Say Would Hamper Nuclear Safety Board
They want Congress to suspend a move that would limit access to information about facilities and could hinder the panel’s ability to oversee worker health and safety.
Why Manafort and Cohen Thought They’d Get Away With It
It takes a special counsel to actually catch white-collar criminals.
Looking at the Archives From the Time of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and Seeing Familiar Themes
Protesters villainized. Journalists blamed. Politicians exploiting public anxieties.
Louisiana Senate President Sank Ride-Sharing Bill. His Close Pal Sells Insurance to Cabs.
Widely supported legislation would have allowed Uber and Lyft to operate throughout Louisiana. But John Alario took steps to kill it, and colleagues point to his long-standing ties to a power broker who sells insurance to cab companies.
Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort: Two Cases That Shook the Trump World — “Trump, Inc.” Podcast Extra
Our “Trump, Inc.” colleagues break down the guilty plea and conviction for two of the president’s top aides.
Tax Case Flips the Script for Democrats and the GOP. But What About for Jurists?
A lawsuit attacking last year’s tax cut will test whether judicial conservatives align with Republicans, who find themselves defending Congress’ power, or with the states’ rights doctrine at the heart of their legal thinking.
Fund Meant to Protect Elections May Be Too Little, Too Late
The federal government has released data on how states will spend $380 million set aside for election infrastructure. But questions remain about how much it will help secure the 2018 election.
When Sarah Sanders and the ACLU Teamed Up for Voting Rights
Although the Trump administration wants to restrict access to the ballot box, its chief spokesperson once sued to overturn a ban on student voting.
Did You Go to a Washington Nationals Game With Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh?
Trump’s pick is a baseball fan who racked up considerable debt buying season tickets. Help us figure out who went with the nominated judge.
Election 2016 Gets a Report Card
A report out today by the MIT Election Lab finds signs of progress and evidence of protest.
Democrats Vow Investigation of VA’s Shadow Rulers After ProPublica Story
“This situation reeks of corruption and cronyism,” said the top Democrat on the House veterans committee.
Illinois House Candidate Will Walk for Votes — And Has To
Challenger Amanda Biela takes on the “Madigan machine,” and copes with a divided Republican Party.
Our Rebuttal to Kris Kobach’s Critique
Press representatives for the Kansas gubernatorial candidate have disseminated charges that a ProPublica article about Kobach’s campaigns for anti-immigration ordinances is inaccurate and biased. We respond.
Why Paul Manafort’s $15,000 Ostrich Jacket Wasn’t the Biggest Revelation as His Trial Begins — “Trump, Inc.” Podcast Extra
Two veteran reporters take listeners inside the proceedings, dissecting the trial’s opening and revealing why Manafort’s audacious defense might be doomed.
Kris Kobach’s Lucrative Trail of Courtroom Defeats
For years, the candidate for Kansas governor has defended towns that passed anti-immigration ordinances. The towns have lost big — but Kobach has fared considerably better.
We Found a New Batch of Trump Administration Appointees
Since April, at least 69 people have been appointed or transferred to political jobs within the Trump administration with little or no fanfare. Here’s a look at some of them.
How Mitch McConnell Made Donald Trump
The president owes both his election and his long-term impact to the Senate majority leader, who not only engineered the strategy that will let Trump make two Supreme Court appointments, but also created the circumstances that facilitated his rise.
How Voting Laws Have Changed Since 2016
See the new legislation and legal cases in your state that have the potential to change how you vote this November.
What You Need to Know About Wilbur Ross’ Many Conflicts — “Trump, Inc.” Podcast
We spoke with Forbes’ Dan Alexander about Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
How the Case for Voter Fraud Was Tested — and Utterly Failed
From a new Supreme Court ruling to a census question about citizenship, the campaign against illegal registration is thriving. But when the top proponent was challenged in a Kansas courtroom to prove that such fraud is rampant, the claims went up in smoke.
West Virginia Paid for a CEO to Go on a Trade Delegation to China. Turns Out, He Was Promoting His Company’s Interests, Too.
An executive accompanied state officials to China for a ceremony with President Donald Trump to sign a landmark deal last year. He also pushed his company’s interests, which the governor said Friday was not acceptable.
Facebook’s Screening for Political Ads Nabs News Sites Instead of Politicians
The social network is letting some political ads slip through without the required verification, while blocking promotional posts by news organizations, which are pushing back.
The Administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel Keeps Monitoring Protesters
Chicago police and City Hall tracked anti-Trump demonstrators — and now state legislators want to let them use drones.
New in the Congress API: Lobbying Registrations and More
Our Congress API now lets programmers access lobbying data. It also lets them find congressional press releases that mention bills.
Amid Affordable Housing Dispute, Conservatives Seek a Home in Chicago
Groups tied to Illinois Policy Institute and talk show host Dan Proft back GOP candidates on city’s Northwest Side.
The U.S. Considered Declaring Russia a State Sponsor of Terror, Then Dropped It
After an attack on a former spy, the State Department pondered placing that label on Putin’s government. Instead, the Trump administration continued a longtime U.S. policy of treating Russia as a partner in fighting terrorism even as evidence of its misbehavior mounts.
Covering the Midterms With Electionland 2018
We’re relaunching the Electionland project, which will cover voting in the upcoming congressional elections.
Before the Blankenship-McConnell Feud, the Senator Aided the Mining Executive
Mitch McConnell helped Don Blankenship’s company avoid dire regulatory consequences for a disastrous spill in 2000.
For Some Democrats, Facebook Likes Are a Path to Hard-to-Find Supporters
The Arizona special election campaign of Hiral Tipirneni targeted ads at people across the country who “liked” the pages of liberal icons.
What Is Congress Talking About?
We’re using data to track the things Congress talks a disproportionate amount about every week.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan Builds Power From the Ground Up — And Sometimes From the Basement
A polling place in a Chicago home offers a view of the operation run by the state’s most powerful politician.
A Partisan Combatant, a Remorseful Blogger: The Senate Staffer Behind the Attack on the Trump-Russia Investigation
Jason Foster, chief investigative counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, once blogged under the handle “Extremist,” expressing worry about a Muslim takeover and whether Joe McCarthy got a bum rap. Today, as he helps lead an explosive investigation, he says the blogging was satire and asks for forgiveness.
Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios’ Defeat Opens the Door to Reform
Democratic primary winner Fritz Kaegi pledged change, but delivering it won’t be easy.
A Political Boss Goes Down
Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, one of the last leaders of the old Democratic machine, loses the Democratic primary to a wealthy political newcomer.
‘Trump, Inc.’ Podcast: Where’d Trump’s Record Inauguration Spending Go? ‘It’s Inexplicable’
Another thing we found on this week’s “Trump, Inc.”: Two members of President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee have been convicted of financial crimes, and a third — the committee’s treasurer — was an unindicted co-conspirator in an accounting fraud.
The Trump Administration’s Campaign to Weaken Civil Service Ramps Up at the VA
Firings surged at the Veterans Affairs Department last year in the wake of a new law. Now the president wants to replicate that legislation across the federal government.
We’ve Updated Our Campaign Widget to Better Help You Follow the Money
In the pricey Illinois governor’s race, it’s more important than ever.
What We Found in Trump’s Drained Swamp: Hundreds of Ex-Lobbyists and D.C. Insiders
For the first time, political appointee and federal financial disclosure information is publicly searchable.
How We Compiled Trump Town
We assembled an authoritative database of the people appointed to government positions by the Trump administration. Here’s how we did it.
Win or Lose in GOP Primary for Governor, Jeanne Ives Helps Push Illinois to the Right
Top donors, operatives abandon Rauner and put their money with conservative crusader.
We’ve Updated ‘The Money Game,’ Our Illinois Governor’s Race Fundraising Widget
We now show candidates’ self-funding and have cards to share on social media.
How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws
Saying ‘nothing will change’ has empowered the NRA and ignores its declining punch.
How We Made Our Illinois Governor’s Campaign Finance Widget
It's the first of many experiments to reach our audience with useful, data-driven visual journalism.
Congressman Calls For Investigation Of Conservative Think Tank
Veteran Democrat Lipinski joins critics of the Illinois Policy Institute with a letter to the IRS.
New Widget Helps You Follow the Money in the Illinois Governor’s Race
We’ve created a widget you can use to track fundraising and spending in the Illinois governor’s race, which is on track to break records.
As Conservative Group Grows In Influence, Financial Dealings Enrich Its Leaders
Illinois Policy Institute has called for government reform while channeling money to firms owned by insiders.
NLRB Member Is Under Investigation for a Conflict of Interest
William Emanuel, already criticized for allegedly favoring clients of the corporate law firm he used to work for, now faces a probe by the agency’s inspector general.
As March Primary Nears, Study on Cook County Property Tax System Still Under Wraps
Initial mid-December deadline for review gives way to new release date: late February.
Trump NLRB Appointee Finds a Way Around Conflict of Interest Rules
William Emanuel has recused himself from ruling on disputes involving his former law firm’s clients — but then used unrelated cases as vehicles to help Republican colleagues accomplish the same thing.
Manhattan District Attorney Says He’ll No Longer Accept Contributions From Lawyers With Cases Before Him
Cy Vance had faced criticism after declining to prosecute high-profile defendants such as Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. and Harvey Weinstein, whose lawyers had donated to his campaign.
Rauner Takes Aim at State Lawmakers Who Appeal Property Taxes
But the Illinois governor's effort may have little impact on the system.
We asked readers to help us reconceive and redesign an interactive database that tracks Congress. Here’s how the process worked.
‘Independent’ Watchdog’s Secret Funder: Conservative Small-Government Group
Project Six, led by the former City Council inspector general, got 98 percent of its startup money from the right-leaning Illinois Policy Institute.
Trump’s Dark Deregulation
Passing legislation and rolling back regulatory rules are hard. There are quieter, easier ways to cut down on governmental oversight. Here are five ways the Trump administration is doing so.
Governors and Federal Agencies Are Blocking Nearly 1,300 Accounts on Facebook and Twitter
We filed public-records requests with all 50 governors and 22 federal agencies. Here’s what we found.
Covering the Midterms With Election DataBot
It’s not too early to think about reporting on the midterm elections. Get a head start using our free, near-real-time database.
More Machine Learning About Congress’ Priorities
We keep training machine learning models on Congress. Find out what this one learned about lawmakers’ top issues.
Despite Mayor’s Pledge, Hundreds of Chicago Cops Still in Desk Jobs
Emanuel still hasn’t delivered on promise to put more civilians in desk jobs and get additional officers on the street.
Book Review: The Ordeal of Appalachia
A new account challenges our notion of how the people of Appalachia “acquired civilization and then lost it.”
The Voter Fraud Commission Wants Your Data — But Experts Say They Can’t Keep It Safe
Newly revealed records show sloppy practices that could put millions of people’s information at risk.
The Trump Administration Plans to End a Refugee Program for Children
Minors from violence-plagued El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala will no longer be permitted to reunite with their parents in the United States.
Houston Officials Hope Harvey Convinces Congress to Fund Coastal Barrier
Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday gave his strongest endorsement to date for constructing a physical coastal barrier to protect the region from deadly storm surge.
Is Anybody Home at HUD?
A long-harbored conservative dream — the “dismantling of the administrative state” — is taking place under Secretary Ben Carson.
A Stealth History Lesson in Baltimore
The city’s removal of Confederate statues in the dead of night was Baltimore’s latest attempt to make peace with the ghosts of the Civil War.
Keep an Eye On Your State’s Congressional Delegation
We’ve added new features to our Represent project, including full-text bill search, and a way to keep track of your state’s entire congressional delegation on one page. We’ve also got news about the Congress API.
New York Landlords Exploit Loophole to Hike Rents Despite Freeze
Thanks to a 2003 state law, owners of rent-stabilized apartments can arbitrarily boost rents to a legal maximum that they set themselves. The tactic fosters gentrification, eviction and homelessness.
How Washington Blew Its Best Chance to Fix Immigration
Three years ago, the Republican-led House was close to reaching a compromise on immigration. This is the inside story of what went wrong.
The Great Republican Crack-up
Dayton was once a bastion of the GOP establishment. The story of how the city changed helps explain the rise of Donald Trump.
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