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Lee Fang

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Lee Fang

Lee Fang

Contributing Writer

Lee Fang is a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. He covers money in politics, conservative movements and lobbying. Lee’s work has resulted in multiple calls for hearings in Congress and the Federal Election Commission. He is author of The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right, a recently published book on how the right-wing political infrastructure was rebuilt after President Obama's 2008 election. More on the book can be found at www.themachinebook.com.


News and Features

Opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalization is dangerous—but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line.

Right-wing operatives with links to big retailers going after worker centers like the Restaurant Opportunities Center.

While trumpeting “pension reform,” the New Jersey governor placed retiree assets in the hands of hedge fund managers bankrolling his political career.

By pouring money into politics, pesticide companies have beat back attempts to protect the public.

On paper, the influence-peddling business is drying up. But lobbying money is flooding into Washington, DC, like never before. What’s going on?

Recently filed tax returns shed light on some of the dark money that flooded the campaign season.

Academics get paid by financial firms to testify against Dodd-Frank regulations. What’s wrong with this picture?

It’s the height of hypocrisy: They call for repeal of the law but plead for its dollars on behalf of constituents.

Disclosures reveal that corporations and lobbying firms award six-figure bonuses to staff who leave to take powerful positions on Capitol Hill.

Media-savvy conservative think tanks take aim and fire at progressive power bases in the states. 


Congressman Peter King has talked tough about re-opening the government, but hasn’t been able to deliver.
A corporate lobbyist says his party should “nominate Republicans who have a belief in the Constitution as it’s supposed to work...
The Conservative Action Project, the organization orchestrating the shutdown strategy, is run by a cabal of evangelical and radical-right...
A Supreme Court case about campaign contribution limits could also deal a blow to other good government laws.
Congressman John Fleming agreed with a caller to a radio program that fighting Obamacare is like fighting slavery. 
A letter signed by over seventy right-wing lawmakers was authored by a medical device tax industry group, metadata shows.
The House Republican plan to hold the debt ceiling hostage in exchange for over twenty corporate giveaways violates their ethics pledge,...
Sarah Palin’s main political adviser used a dark-money group to finance undisclosed campaign ads last year, new documents show.