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Civil Launches Today

The Civil publishing platform is a new token-curated registry for ethical journalism, governed by a co-op of independent newsrooms over the Ethereum blockchain.

Sludge Publishes Full Text of Investigation to Ethereum Blockchain

Archiving work permanently on Ethereum offers new options for independent journalism—made possible by the Civil Publisher, coming soon to a Wordpress near you.

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NYC Progressives Coalesce Around Campaign Finance Ballot Initiative

A coalition including national money-in-politics groups Every Voice and the public policy organization Demos, as well as good-government groups Reinvent Albany and major labor unions, rallied last week in support of a ballot initiative that seeks to strengthen New York City's campaign finance system.

2018 Midterms Primary category in which blog post is published

Paul Ryan-Linked Super PAC Dominates Spending in Race to Choose His Replacement

Eighty-six percent of outside spending in the battleground district has come from a Ryan-aligned super PAC, whose rush of fear-mongering immigration ads are funded largely by the billionaire mega-donor Adelsons.

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Take (Donors and Lobbyists) Out to the Ball Games

A Sludge data analysis finds that leadership PACs, which are less regulated than candidate committees, are spending on tickets for members of Congress to schmooze with lobbyists and campaign donors.

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Impacts of Sludge’s Reporting (So Far)

Sludge's investigative journalism has already had impacts to date: a public hearing and new legislation in the NYC Council, an elections complaint submitted by a watchdog group to the New York Board of Elections, donations returned from white supremacist candidates, and more.

Sludge in the news

Selected press, noteworthy links, Tweets and other social media mentions of Sludge's reporting. Documenting our investigative journalism's impacts on the landscape of money in politics.

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“Dark Money” Movie Can’t Stop Following The Money

"Dark Money", a documentary about shadowy election spending in Montana and transparency in campaign finance, is available online through October 31st on the POV Docs website.