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Since our launch in May of 2018, Sludge’s reporting on money-in-politics has gathered a sizable audience of newsreaders on our site and millions more visitors through re-publishing.

Sludge’s hundreds of data-driven investigations have been cited by leading political outlets and local newsrooms, leading to follow-up stories and greater public accountability.

Sludge currently maintains re-publishing agreements with Truthout, The American Prospect, MapLight, LittleSis, and Tarbell. More partnerships are planned for distributing 2020 election coverage on campaign finance and dark money.

Sludge has previously collaborated on reporting with The Guardian US, WNYC, Capital & Main, Fast Company, The Young Turks Investigates, and participated in The Nation & CJR’s Covering Climate Now project.

News citations: MSNBC (below), CNN’s KFILE, The Intercept, Newsweek, Politico, HuffPost, The Daily Beast, Slate, Newsweek, New York Post, Mother Jones

Blog citations: Gizmodo, Right Wing Watch, Re.Wire News, TalkingPointsMemo, The Young Turks, The Appeal, Splinter Politics, Motherboard, TechDirt

Groups using our reporting: Color of Change, Justice Democrats, 350.org, Sunrise Movement, Oil Change U.S., RAICES (Texas), Sleeping Giants, Fight For the Future, CAIR, and 85+ groups in Hate Is Not Charitable campaign.

On ICE & CBP contracts, our reporting was cited by: NPR’s All Things Considered, BuzzFeed News, AdWeek, Vice News, Popular Information newsletter, and more local outlets.

On donor-advised funds and funding of hate groups, our reporting series was cited by: the Chronicle of Philanthropy, TruthDig, The Advocate, Philadelphia Magazine, Hill Reporter, and others.

Local outlets citing our work and open datasets: Block Club Chicago, Documented (NY), CommonWealth Magazine, WRAL (North Carolina), Baltimore Sun, Patch – Oak Lawn, Santa Fe Reporter, Miami New Times.

From October of 2018: over 131 links to Sludge in the News and impacts. From October 2019’s membership campaign: testimonials about our work from expert journalists.

Sludge’s reporting directly inspired a New York City Council Immigration Committee public hearing on humane immigration practices and an official Resolution on the ICE agency. Sludge’s ICE & CBP reports prompted internal employee discussions at the Ogilvy ad firm.

Sludge was the first newsroom to comprehensively report the personal investments by U.S. senators and representatives in the fossil fuel industry as of the end of 2018, the most recent disclosure year available.