Donald Shaw

Donald Shaw is a money-in-politics reporter and a co-founder of Sludge.

Recent Articles

DCCC Vendors Work for Corporations Lobbying Against Democratic Policies

Sludge produces investigative journalism on lobbying and money in politics. The American Prospect is re-publishing this article. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is refusing to work with vendors that also work with candidates mounting primary challenges against incumbents, but it appears happy to hire vendors whose corporate clients work to block popular Democratic policies like net neutrality and Medicare for All. The DCCC, the campaign arm of House Democrats, recently stated on its website that it “will not conduct business with, nor recommend to any of its targeted campaigns, any consultant that works with an opponent of a sitting Member of the House Democratic Caucus.” The new policy caused some Democratic candidates, including Marie Newman, who is mounting a primary challenge against anti-abortion Democratic Representative Dan Lipinski in a solidly Democratic Illinois congressional district, to lose contracts with campaign consultants and...

Hedge-Fund Billionaires Were Democrats’ Main Bankrollers in 2018

A new report shows that three-quarters of the money that individuals donated to pro-Democrat outside spending groups in 2018 came from finance founders and executives.

AP Photo/Susan Walsh House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talks with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in her Capitol Hill office in Washington. Sludge produces investigative journalism on lobbying and money in politics. The American Prospect is re-publishing this article. In the 2018 midterms, Democrats benefited more than Republicans from election spending by outside groups for the first time in recent history. Now, thanks to a new report from Public Citizen , we have a better understanding of where much of that money backing Democrats came from: wealthy individuals who earn their livings as hedge-fund founders, bank executives, and other key positions in the financial industry. The report, named “Plutocrat Politics: How Financial Sector Wealth Fuels Political Ad Spending” and authored by Public Citizen’s Alan Zibel, analyzed the 100 individuals who gave the most money to outside political spending groups in the 2018 cycle and found that about half of that money...