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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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Dark Money Group Spent on House Race, Then Told IRS It Didn’t

A Better America Now had spent money on mailers linking a congressional candidate to "left-wing extremists" and a controversy involving an endangered spider.

Remember When the Patriot Act Debate Was All About Library Records?

The early debate around a key provision wasn’t about anything like mass collection of phone records.

The NSA Black Hole: 5 Basic Things We Still Don’t Know About the Agency's Snooping

The recent leaks have shed light on one of the darkest corners of the U.S. government -- but when it comes to mass surveillance practices, clarity remains elusive.

Mass Surveillance in America: A Timeline of Loosening Laws and Practices

The evolution of the National Security Agency’s dragnet under Presidents Bush and Obama.

Six Facts Lost in the IRS Scandal

As Congress probes why the IRS flagged Tea Party applications, we offer some context on the rise of political social welfare nonprofits.

How the IRS’s Nonprofit Division Got So Dysfunctional

The IRS division responsible for flagging Tea Party groups has long been an agency afterthought, beset by mismanagement and financial constraints.

IRS Office That Targeted Tea Party Also Disclosed Confidential Docs From Conservative Groups

The IRS’s Cincinnati office last year sent ProPublica the unapproved applications for several conservative groups.

House Finance Chair Hensarling Goes on Ski Vacation with Wall Street

Shortly after becoming chair of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Jeb Hensarling held a weekend fundraiser with lobbyists in Utah’s swanky Deer Valley.

In Key Senate Job, Ex-Lockheed Exec Replaced by Ex-Lockheed Lobbyist

As military contractors fight budget cuts, they get a friendly face on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Republicans and Dems Come Together — to Keep IRS From Competing with TurboTax

A recently introduced bill would ban the IRS from offering free tax prep software.

Another Layer to Rendell’s Fracking Connections

Ed Rendell, the former Pennsylvania governor who oversaw a boom in the state's natural gas business, is special counsel to a Philadelphia firm deeply involved in the controversial fracking trade.

More Than a Matter of Opinion: Ed Rendell’s Plea for Fracking Fails to Disclose Industry Ties

Rendell, who supported fracking when he was governor of Pennsylvania, urged Andrew Cuomo of New York to get behind the industry in a strongly worded newspaper piece. He left a few details out.

Drilling Deeper: The Wealth of Business Connections for Obama’s Energy Pick

MIT physicist Ernest Moniz is an academic who has also served on boards or advisory councils of large energy companies, including BP

U.N. Think Tank Opening Office in Bahrain, with Bahraini Government Funding

The Gulf kingdom welcomes the International Peace Institute even as it bars some human rights advocates and journalists from the country.

The Drone War Doctrine We Still Know Nothing About

The focus on the targeting of American citizens overlooks many other strikes in which the U.S. doesn’t know who it’s killing.

Big Corporations Put Up Seed Funding for Republican Dark Money Group

IRS files show that some of the biggest companies in the country provided more than a million dollars a decade ago to launch a Republican dark money group.

Ethics Probe: Congressman’s Taiwan Trip Likely Broke the Law

The investigation found evidence that Taiwan’s government paid for the trip by Rep. Bill Owens and his wife.

Taiwan Drops Lobbying Firm in Wake of Congressional Ethics Probe

Former senator Al D’Amato’s Park Strategies loses contract representing Taiwan

Obama’s Flip-Flops on Money in Politics: A Brief History

Critics say the president’s plan for a new nonprofit group to push his second-term agenda opens the door to influence by corporations and other big donors.

Widely Cited Government Study on Iranian Spies 'Pulled for Revisions'

The study on Iran’s intelligence ministry has been taken down.

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