Mike Spies


Mike Spies is a reporter based in ProPublica’s Washington, D.C., newsroom. Spies was previously a senior reporter for The Trace, an independent, nonprofit news organization dedicated to expanding coverage of guns in the U.S. Over the past four years, he has produced deep, high-impact investigative projects focusing on the gun lobby, including his 2017 series, “The Gunfighters,” examining the unchecked influence of the NRA. Spies has been recognized as a finalist for the Livingston Award, and his work on the NRA won the 2019 New York Press Club Award for continuing coverage. Before The Trace, Spies was a senior reporter for Vocativ. His byline has appeared in The New Yorker, Politico Magazine and Rolling Stone, among other publications.

Document Shows NRA Money Helped Its Chief Search for a Personal Mansion

The gun group’s lawyer said “not a cent” of the nonprofit’s money was spent on helping executive Wayne LaPierre’s mansion search. A document we obtained shows that payments were flagged by internal accountants for doing just that.

New Documents Raise Ethical and Billing Concerns About the NRA’s Outside Counsel

A former senior employee questions billings from the law firm of William A. Brewer III, which totalled $24 million in a year.

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