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Justin Elliott

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Justin Elliott has been a reporter with ProPublica since 2012, where he has covered money in politics, the National Security Agency, and the American Red Cross. He has produced stories for the New York Times and National Public Radio, and his reporting with NPR on the Red Crossâ troubled post-earthquake reconstruction efforts in Haiti won a 2015 Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Before joining ProPublica, he was a reporter at Salon.com. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in history and classics.

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Koch Lobbyists and Opus Dei — Who’s Dropping in on Trump Budget Czar Mick Mulvaney?

The influential OMB director’s door is open to corporate and conservative interests, according to logs that the White House fought to keep secret.

FEMA Had a Plan for Responding to a Hurricane in Puerto Rico — But It Doesn’t Want You to See It

The disaster-relief agency, under fire after Hurricane Maria, won’t release the plan, even as a comparable document for Hawaii remains public.

Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. Were Close to Being Charged With Felony Fraud

New York prosecutors were preparing a case. Then the D.A. overruled his staff after a visit from a top donor: Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz. 

Texas Official After Harvey: The ‘Red Cross Was Not There’

Once again, there were appeals for donations to the Red Cross. And once again, local officials are saying the charity hasn’t delivered.

Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger in Emails: ‘Watch Your Back, Bitch’

After hearing Rachel Maddow discuss our recent story about Kasowitz, a man emailed the attorney urging him to resign. Kasowitz responded with threats and profanity.

Trump’s Russia Lawyer Isn’t Seeking Security Clearance, And May Have Trouble Getting One

Colleagues say Marc Kasowitz, President Trump’s attorney on the Russia investigation, has struggled with alcohol abuse and engaged in behavior that left employees uncomfortable.

Is Trump Administration’s Visa Push a Way to Win Health Care Votes?

In directing staffers at the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security to draft a rule increasing the number of guest-worker visas, senior political officials specifically highlighted businesses in Maine and Alaska, home to senators who hold crucial health care votes.

Trump’s Personal Lawyer Boasted That He Got Preet Bharara Fired

Marc Kasowitz, President Trump’s lawyer in the Russia investigation, has bragged he was behind the firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

Trump Administration Hires Official Whom Five Students Accused of Sexual Assault

As an upperclassman at The Citadel military college several years ago, Steven Munoz allegedly assaulted five freshmen. His hiring at the State Department raises further questions about the Trump administration’s vetting process.

Trump is Hiring Lobbyists and Top Ethics Official Says ‘There’s No Transparency’

In one case, an official working on energy regulation recently lobbied for oil and coal companies — but the White House won't say whether he received an ethics waiver.

Official Involved in Bush-Era Purge of Gay Employees Now in Trump Administration

A government investigation found that Jim Renne was a key player in a scandal in which staff were targeted on the basis of sexual orientation.

How the Trump Administration Responds to Democrats’ Demands for Information: It Doesn’t.

Congressional Democrats’ letters to the Trump administration are going unanswered.

Senators to White House: How Will Kushner Avoid Overlap Between Business Empire and Government Work?

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tom Carper wrote the White House after we detailed how Jared Kushner is keeping parts of his family real-estate empire.

Here Are More Than 400 Officials Trump Has Quietly Deployed Across the Government

ProPublica has obtained a list of more than 400 people hired by the Trump administration to fill key roles across the federal government.

Meet the Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed Across the Government

We have obtained a list of more than 400 Trump administration hires, including dozens of lobbyists and some from far-right media.

How the Trump Administration May Be Skirting Its Own Ethics Rules

The hiring of three former lobbyists to work in the White House raises questions about how the Trump administration is enforcing the president’s executive order on ethics.

White House Power Player Jared Kushner Is Keeping Parts of His Real-Estate Empire

Given Kushner’s vast portfolio as an adviser to the president, it’s not clear how he’s going to avoid issues that could affect his bank account. The Trump administration has declined to give details.

Trump Then: ‘I Would Have No Problem’ Banning Lobbyists. Trump Now: You’re Hired!

Donald Trump suggested during the campaign that he would ban lobbyists from his administration. Now they’re working at the very agencies they sought to influence.

Trump’s Watered-Down Ethics Rules Let a Lobbyist Help Run an Agency He Lobbied

President Trump’s executive order on ethics also cites a section of the law that doesn’t exist.

Labor Department Hire Could Presage Collision Between Trump and Construction Unions

The president has cultivated a relationship with the building trades unions. But early hires at the Department of Labor are opponents of wage standards for construction contracts.

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