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Justin Elliott has been a reporter with ProPublica since 2012, covering politics with a focus on money and influence. He was previously a reporter at Salon.com and TPMmuckraker and news editor at Talking Points Memo. He was also a fact-checker at Mother Jones. Justin's GnuPG/PGP key is available on the Ubuntu keyserver. The key ID is 2C353E48 and the fingerprint is 2305 FAB2 8F0D DEA1 FB4D 176A BDE5 0826 2C35 3E48. To securely send Justin documents or other files online, please visit our SecureDrop site.

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How Fear Of Occupy Wall Street Undermined the Red Cross’ Sandy Relief Effort

Red Cross responders say there was a ban on working with the widely praised Occupy Sandy relief group because it was seen as politically unpalatable.

Red Cross’ Latest Claim Includes ‘Donations of Blood’

The charity is now resting its claim of 91 cents of donations going to services on the idea that donations include not just money but also "donations of blood."

The Red Cross CEO Has Been Serially Misleading About Where Donors’ Dollars Are Going

The charity and its chief executive, Gail McGovern, have long said 91 cents of every dollar donated goes to aiding those in need. Except it’s not true.

Internal Survey Shows the Red Cross’ Own Employees Doubt the Charity’s Ethics

Survey results obtained by ProPublica also show a crisis of trust in the charity's senior leadership.

The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster

After Superstorm Sandy, Americans opened their wallets to the Red Cross. They trusted the charity and believed it was up to the job. They were wrong.

Red Cross Reverses Stance on Sandy Spending “Trade Secrets”

The charity has released some new details on how it spent over $300 million raised after the storm.

Cuomo’s Office Denies Using Private Email Accounts. But it Does.

Aides to the governor have used private accounts, which can help hide communications on public business, despite state rules barring the practice.

Who Advised Cuomo on Mortgage Industry Investigation? A Mortgage Lobbyist

Howard Glaser was brought on to help then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on his mortgage industry investigation. Glaser was working for the industry at the same time.

Red Cross: How We Spent Sandy Money Is a ‘Trade Secret’

The charity is fighting our public records request for information on how it raised and spent money after the superstorm.

House Adopts Amendment to Bar NSA From Meddling With Encryption Standards

The measure was inserted into a defense appropriations bill and approved on a voice vote.

N.Y. Attorney General Pressed Red Cross on Post-Sandy Spending, Then Retreated

The office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sought details on how the charity spent donations after the super-storm, but the information was never released.

House Committee Puts NSA on Notice Over Encryption Standards

Amendment would remove requirement that the National Institute of Standards and Technology consult with the NSA on encryption standards

After Pledge of Sunlight, Gov. Cuomo Officials Keep Their Email in the Shadows

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo entered office promising unprecedented transparency, but his aides' use of email offers quite a different picture

Long After Sandy, Red Cross Post-Storm Spending Still a Black Box

Donors gave $312 million after the storm, but it’s not clear how exactly the money was spent.

State Department Finally Releases List of ‘Special Government Employees’

The department revealed the names following scrutiny last year on Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Judge on NSA Case Cites 9/11 Report, But It Doesn’t Actually Support His Ruling

A new ruling supporting the NSA's metadata surveillance program points to the 9/11 report as evidence for the necessity of such a program. Except the 9/11 report doesn’t contain the evidence the judge says it does.

Presidential Panel to NSA: Stop Undermining Encryption

A panel of experts appointed by President Obama says the U.S. government should get out of the business of weakening technology used to secure communications.

World of Spycraft: NSA and CIA Spied in Online Games

Snowden documents show intelligence agencies conducting surveillance and grabbing data in virtual worlds.

Who Are State Dept’s 100 “Special Government Employees”? It Won’t Say

Earlier this year Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin drew scrutiny for working at the State Department and a consulting firm at the same time. The agency is mum on who else had such an arrangement.

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