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Robert Faturechi covers campaign finance.
Before joining ProPublica, he was a reporter at The Los Angeles Times, where his work exposed inmate abuse, cronyism, secret cop cliques and wrongful jailings at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In 2013, he used an unprecedented cache of confidential personnel records to show the agency knowingly hired dozens of cops with histories of serious misconduct. His stories helped lead to sweeping reforms at the nation’s largest jail system, federal indictments of deputies and the resignation of the sheriff.
Before working at The Times, Faturechi was a reporter at The Sacramento Bee. He grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA in 2008. He now lives in New York. To securely send him documents or other files, please visit our SecureDrop site.
July 26, 8 a.m.A federal district judge ruled that an Arizona businessman failed to provide evidence to back up his claim that he was defamed in an August 2014 story
July 22, 10 p.m.Through accountability stories and other in-depth reports, we took a look back at the career of the Virginia senator who Hillary Clinton has picked as her running mate.
July 13, 11 p.m.In a private speech recorded in February, the onetime Speaker of the U.S. House, now reportedly on the shortlist to be Trump’s running mate, said Trump would lose in a landslide if he didn’t evolve to be more like Ronald Reagan than Barry Goldwater. He added that no one knows what a Trump presidency
July 7, 8 a.m.Officers of ‘Voters for Hillary,’ which raised money but reported no political expenditures, had close ties to a Las Vegas firm that the PAC purportedly hired to run a call center.
June 30, 5:41 p.m.Patrick Davis has denied allegations that he inappropriately steered hundreds of thousands of dollars raised by a conservative PAC to organizations linked to himself and his friends. Now he’ll lead Trump’s campaign in a key swing state.
June 22, 8 a.m.South Carolina fire officials decided to make sprinklers mandatory in new homes. Homebuilders overturned the rule with help behind the scenes from Gov. Nikki Haley. It was one more win for an industry that has spent millions of dollars in state capitals to block a life-saving upgrade included in the
June 22, 7:59 a.m.From New York to Minnesota, how homebuilders headed off mandatory fire sprinklers with help from friendly legislators.
May 27, 5 a.m.The U.S. government’s loose supervision has spawned many problems with super PACs, but helping to tout shares worth a fraction of a cent would be a new one.
March 31, 8 a.m.Even if Trump is correct in his unproven charge that a super PAC obtained a racy photo of Melania Trump from the Ted Cruz campaign, it’s doubtful the FEC would do anything about it.
Feb. 9, 5:48 p.m.Crossroads GPS gets declared a nonprofit five years after applying, meaning that its donor list can remain private.
Feb. 4, 12:45 p.m.In internal memos, groups opposing tighter state campaign finance rules coach their local supporters on how to battle disclosure of political donors.
Dec. 22, 2015, 2:36 p.m.Our picks for the year’s most notable in-depth stories on campaign finance, from newsrooms around the country.
Sep. 18, 2015, 8 a.m.U.S. Senate campaign finance disclosures are still slow-walked on paper through a 40-year-old system. Is getting it fixed worth trading away another lid on political money?
Aug. 5, 2015, 8 a.m.Proponents of tighter reins on political money worry that a Wisconsin ruling about the governor's recall campaign could carry seeds of another 'Citizens United.'
July 2, 2015, 5:15 a.m.Four U.S. Embassies got upgraded screening rooms last year, paid for by the lobbying arm of the big studios. The industry and the government say there were no strings attached.
May 20, 2015, 6 a.m.A Los Angeles politician cast a critical 'yes' vote months after the chief executive of Sony Pictures arranged a $25,000 corporate contribution to a super PAC.
April 20, 2015, 5:15 a.m.Super PACS that get nearly all of their money from one donor quadrupled their share of overall fund-raising in 2014.
March 19, 2015, 5 a.m.The head of a Texas oil dynasty joined the parade of wealthy political donors, aiming to flip the Senate to Republicans. By the time consultants were done with him, the war chest was drained and fraud allegations were flying.
Oct. 27, 2014, 8 a.m.Judicial retention elections in Kansas have typically been apolitical and uncontested — until Kansans for Justice entered the fray earlier this month. Now state election overseers are grappling with a new kind of dark money.
Oct. 9, 2014, 8 a.m.As the FCC considers how to regulate Internet providers, the telecom industry's stealth campaign for hearts and minds encompasses everything from art installations to LOLcats.
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