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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 Cross’ 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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Emails Reveal Lobbyist Had Undisclosed Role In Cuomo Financial Crisis Investigation

Howard Glaser, a lobbyist and longtime confidant to Andrew Cuomo, previously denied he was involved in the then-attorney general’s investigations. Newly obtained emails show otherwise.

A Sheldon Silver Mystery: Did He Betray New York Renters?

Prosecutors allege the state Assembly speaker made changes to rent regulation on behalf of a developer.

Senator Demands Answers on Red Cross' Finances

Prompted by an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, Sen. Charles Grassley asks the charity to explain how it has used donations from the public.

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.

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.

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