THE MOTHER JONES 400
America’s political contributors work in the shadows. Here we cast some light.
By Ted Gup
He’s a secretive Ohio billionaire—and the nation’s number one influence buyer.
Who Are These Guys?
The new power elite have different motives and methods for getting what they want.
Tightening The Beltway
Citizen movements have real reform plans to restore government for the people.
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Where there’s smoke, there’s a tobacco company. With friends like these…
Resources for advanced hellraising.
Sometimes a cigar is just a bad habit.
PLUS: Letters to Paula
By David Corn
He’s still drawn to the darkness on the edge of town, still seeking a son’s revenge.
By Will Nixon
What does a shrimp dish in Manhattan have to do with mangrove tree in Ecuador?
Who We Kill
Gun stats show that you’re more likely to shoot yourself than an attacker.
Cover illustration by Nick Dewar
Photograph of Newt Gingrich by Gary Boas/AdMedia/Newscom