Thomas Nast caricature of Boss Tweed in Harper's Weekly, October 21, 1871.Wikimedia Commons

Sludge Turns One

Sludge's investigative journalism on money in politics has had big impacts over the past year. To continue this muckraking work, we're seeking more of our readers to become Sludge Members.

Investments Primary category in which blog post is published

Justin ‘No Bailouts’ Amash’s Company Received Up To $2 Million in Coronavirus Bailout Funds

Amash was one of the only representatives to oppose the CARES Act, which established the PPP program. He also voted against the TRUTH Act, which sought to increase transparency around companies that receive PPP funds.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Big Donors and PACs Dominate Campaign Funding in Nearly Every State, Report Finds

Nearly three-quarters of contributions in state elections come from large donors and PACs, but small-dollar donations could make up that share if states move to adopt public financing for campaigns.

Investments Primary category in which blog post is published

EXPOSED: Reps Pass Bills That Benefit Their Own Private Companies

Nearly 100 House representatives hold positions at private companies. There's nothing stopping them from using their legislative power to pad their bottom lines.