We believe journalism needs to stand for something right now. Read why—and support MoJo during our pledge drive.
Meet the Attack Lads
Dirty politics has been around since Thomas Jefferson’s oppo researchers went after Alexander Hamilton’s mistress in 1800, but there’s more money in it these days. With campaign expenditures hitting record levels—nearly $1.2 billion was spent in 2004, much of it channeled through shadowy independent-expenditure groups, 527 committees, and the like—those schooled in politics’ darker arts are cashing in like never before. And for the off years, there’s always corporate marketing and “grassroots lobbying,” which increasingly employ the tricks of the campaign trade. Here are some key players from years past, and their current allegiances.
Can you pitch in a few bucks to help fund Mother Jones' investigative journalism? We're a nonprofit (so it's tax-deductible), and reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget.
We noticed you have an ad blocker on. Can you pitch in a few bucks to help fund Mother Jones' investigative journalism?
STAND FOR SOMETHING: We believe journalism needs a moral compass right now. We believe the press is the enemy—of liars and demagogues, secrecy and corruption.
Read our case for journalism that is fair and accurate and stands for something—and join us with a tax-deductible monthly or one-time donation during our pledge drive if you agree.
STAND FOR SOMETHING: Read why journalism needs a moral compass right now—and join us with a tax-deductible monthly or one-time donation if you agree.