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Alex is senior investigative reporter at Sludge. A PhD and campaign finance expert, he and his colleagues at International Business Times won a “Best in Business” award from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing for their coverage of the 2017 Republican tax legislation. Alex’s work has been published by more than two dozen media outlets including The American Prospect, The Nation and Vice.com. Read more about Alex at his personal website.

Articles By Alex Kotch

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Conservative Democrat Continues to Take Koch Cash

Rep. Henry Cuellar of oil-rich Texas got another campaign donation from the PAC of GOP megadonor Charles Koch’s fossil fuel conglomerate, Koch Industries.

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Biden’s Climate Adviser Earned $1 Million From Natural Gas Company

Current 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden has a “middle-ground” climate approach that will promote natural gas, potentially enriching his adviser’s former employer.

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Dems Overseeing Finance Industry Take Money from Group Supporting Racist Auto Lending

Alerted to the contributions, House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters tells Sludge she will better vet her campaign contributors.

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Mainstream Charities Bankroll Islamophobic Hate Groups, New Report Shows

The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ new study analyzes the deep-pocketed donor networks behind the rise in American Islamophobia.

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Obama Fundraisers-Turned-Ambassadors Are Back to Make It Rain for Biden

They were rewarded for their donations to Obama. Now they’re lining up to raise money for Biden.

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California Climate Change Denier Has a Progressive House Challenger

Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa has supported legislation to loosen environmental protections and increase post-fire logging, which can exacerbate forest fires, in his state.

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Health Industry Lobbyists Pump More Money into Democrats’ Congressional Campaign Arm

Lobbyists who represent health industry companies and trade groups campaigning against Medicare for All have become valuable fundraising assets for the DCCC.