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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. 


Campaign consultants and health insurance agents stand to gain from sabatoging the rollout of health reform. 
The only part of healthcare reform that could be defunded at this point helps constituents in Republican districts. 
Republicans have acknowledged that the health reform programs they intend to defund help save lives.
A new Koch-funded political group has a message for young people: you’re better off uninsured. 
General Electric gave $1 million to the pro-austerity group Fix the Debt last year.
NRA board member Grover Norquist adds a partisan twist to his obsessive gun rights advocacy. 
Representative Dana Rohrabacher says global warming is a “fraud” to “create global government.”
Will Bezos’s interest in changing education policy affect his control of the Post?