Corruption of our politics poses an existential threat to our republic. Will we be a self-governing nation of the people, by the people and for the people, or will we be ruled by special interests and big money lobbyists?

Republic Report is dedicated to rooting out the corruption that is so corrosive to American values. We investigate and uncover the buying and selling of politicians and of institutions entrusted with upholding the public interest. We expose how big money distorts major policy decisions – harming our economy and our people.

Republic Report is a project of the nonprofit group Essential Information. The views expressed in a given piece reflect those of the Republic Report writer authoring the piece.

Republic Report’s Lee Fang is a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and a Contributing Writer with The Nation magazine. He covers money in politics, conservative movements and lobbying. Lee’s work has resulted in multiple calls for hearings in Congress and the Federal Election Commission. He has interviewed over fifty members of Congress, David Koch, and other political elites. He is author of The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right, a recently published book on how the right-wing political infrastructure was rebuilt after President Obama’s 2008 election. More on the book can be found at

Republic Report pieces by David Halperin (@DaHalperin) generally also appear on Huffington Post. David Halperin engages in public advocacy and advises organizations on strategy, policy, politics, communications, and legal matters. He was previously: founding director of Campus Progress and senior vice president at the Center for American Progress; senior policy advisor for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign; founding executive director of the American Constitution Society; White House speechwriter and special assistant for national security affairs to President Clinton; co-founder of the Internet company RealNetworks; and counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, Politico, Foreign Policy, and other outlets. Support for David Halperin’s work for Republic Report on higher education issues includes grants from the Ford Foundation, The Institute for College Access & Success, and the Center for Public Interest Law at the University of San Diego.

Republic Report is nonpartisan. Your Republic Report writers strive hard to publish pieces that are entirely accurate and fair, and to write without fear or favor.

Sometimes we criticize, for corrupted arrangements and conflicts of interest, people whom we personally like and who have done many positive, productive things in their lives. We regret if that causes anguish. We recognize that no one is perfect (certainly not your Republic Report writers). We just think it is more important to advocate for an honest, strong democracy than to preserve illusions about peoples’ reputations (e.g., that they are true progressives, true conservatives, persons of integrity, or whatever).

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David Halperin and Lee Fang now regularly write for Republic Report. Over time, contributors to Republic Report have included:

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