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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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Ethics Committee Republicans Defy Committee’s Own Financial Disclosure Recommendations

Three out of the five GOP members of the House Ethics Committee file paper disclosures, even as the committee “strongly urges” members to file electronically.

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🚨 SLUDGE REPORT: Billionaires’ Class Solidarity 🚨

Your regular summary of the most shameful corruption in politics.

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Facebook Lobbyists Have Close Ties to Democratic Leaders

Several Facebook lobbyists have worked for top Democrats like Pelosi and Schumer, while none have worked for members of the Republican leadership.

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Who’s Behind Dems’ New $75 Million Ad Campaign?

The campaign is run by Acronym, a dark money group, but here are some clues as to who’s funding it.

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Super PAC Backing ‘Middle-Class Joe’ Is Led by Lobbyists, Corporate Consultants, and Democratic Fundraisers

Today, Unite the Country announced its top staffers, most of whom either work for major corporations or run groups funded by corporate interests.

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Climate Caucus Founder Is a Fossil Fuel Favorite

Republican Sen. Mike Braun, a major recipient of corporate PAC donations from oil and gas companies, will co-found the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus.

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Reps Who Will Question Zuckerberg Own Stock In Facebook

Four Democratic members of the House Financial Services Committee are personally invested in Facebook as CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before them on Wednesday.

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Google Is Profiting From Notorious Hate Group’s Ads

The tech giant appears to only be enforcing part of its hate speech ad policy when it comes to anti-immigrant hate group FAIR.