Alex Kotch

Alex Kotch

Alex Kotch, PhD is a campaign finance expert and investigative reporter. He helped launch the money-in-politics website Sludge. He and his former 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.

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Trump has failed to address the connection of many of the monuments to slavery, retweeted a video showing one of his supporters yelling “White power!” earlier this month, and defended people who fly the Confederate flag on July 15. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, July 16, 2020
American Legislative Exchange Council Backs Trump on Confederate Monuments, Policing
Eight years after disbanding its task force on Public Safety & Elections due to controversy over its “Stand Your Ground” and voter ID legislation, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is diving back into some of the most divisive social issues of our time. ALEC, a pay-to-play...
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A right-wing protester holds a sign which reads "Be like Sweden" while another called the coronavirus pandemic a "fake crisis" during an April anti-lockdown demonstration in Minnesota. Views
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Secretive Right-Wing Nonprofit Plays Role in COVID-19 Organizing
A shadowy right-wing nonprofit is helping coordinate coronavirus response strategy and promoting the lockdown protests. Working alongside close allies that have helped coordinate the protests, including Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation and FreedomWorks, Council for National Policy Action (...
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Recent polling shows ALEC’s aggressive position on resuming commercial activity to be outside the mainstream of public opinion. (Photo: CC) Views
Friday, May 01, 2020
ALEC Leading Right-Wing Campaign to Reopen the Economy Despite COVID-19
Documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) show that a powerful corporate lobby front group, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), is playing a leading role in the right-wing movement to push for early reopening of the economy amidst the coronavirus pandemic that has...
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People take part in a protest for "Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine" at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on April 15, 2020. (Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Groups Aligned with Right-Wing Megadonors Are Promoting Coronavirus Protests
Since the “spontaneous” anti-lockdown protests began last week, it has become more and more obvious that the movement is being coordinated and financed, at least in part, by big-money right-wing interests, including some of the same forces that sparked the Tea Party in 2009. FreedomWorks , a group...
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Greenpeace gave Bloomberg’s campaign climate plan a C+ rating. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Candidates Backed by Bloomberg Helped Pollute the Planet
The current version of Michael Bloomberg–not the 20th century Democrat, not the Bush-era Republican, not the independent third-term New York City mayor–is a generous, liberal billionaire at the forefront of fighting for gun control and saving the planet. In recent years, he has bestowed his...
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In the current election cycle, Bloomberg, the eighth-richest person on Earth, has already spent $300 million of his own money on his presidential bid. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Friday, February 14, 2020
Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Is a GOP Bankroller
In June 2018, billionaire business executive and former Republican Michael Bloomberg hosted a fundraiser for Long Island GOP Rep. Peter King . At his lavish home in New York City, Bloomberg urged co-hosts to raise at least $10,000 for King, with whom he has “a long-standing relationship,” according...
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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Kochs Bankroll Move to Rewrite the Constitution
A constitutional convention, something thought impossible not long ago, is looking increasingly likely. Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, if 34 state legislatures “issue a call” for a constitutional convention, Congress must convene one. By some counts, the right-wing only needs six more...
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Friday, January 06, 2017
North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law Has Cost the State More Than $560 million So Far
At a Jan. 4 economic forum sponsored by the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, newly elected Gov. Roy Cooper (D) asked businesses for help repealing the state's widely criticized House Bill 2, which, among other things, prevents transgender people from using the restroom that matches their gender...
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Saturday, September 17, 2016
Tallying Up the Mounting Economic Toll of North Carolina's HB2
Since becoming law in late March, North Carolina's House Bill 2 has sparked national controversy and an ongoing boycott of the state over its discriminatory provisions. HB2 requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that match the gender on their birth certificate and bars local...
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