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.
Documents obtained by The Nation show former Governor Mike Rounds’s campaign manager may have improperly awarded state economic incentives to firms in which he and the candidate held investments.
Post–Citizens United, candidates aren’t supposed to coordinate with “outside” spending groups—but even that minimal restriction isn’t being enforced.
Venture capitalists and for-profit firms are salivating over the exploding $788.7 billion market in K-12 education. What does this mean for public school students?
As the Obama administration counts on Saudi Arabia as a key ally against ISIS, the kingdom flexes its muscles in Washington.
Talking heads like former General Jack Keane are all over the news media fanning fears of IS. Shouldn’t the public know about their links to Pentagon contractors?
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?