Lee Fang

Lee Fang

Lee Fang is a journalist with The Intercept with a longstanding interest in how public policy is influenced by organized interest groups and money. He was the first to uncover and detail the role of the billionaire Koch brothers in financing the Tea Party movement. His interviews and research on the Koch brothers have been featured on HBO’s “The Newsroom,” the documentaries “Merchants of Doubt” and “Citizen Koch,” as well as in multiple media outlets. He was an investigative blogger for ThinkProgress (2009-2011) and then a fellow at the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute and contributing writer for The Nation. In 2012, he co-founded RepublicReport.org, a blog to cover political corruption that syndicates content with TheNation.com, Salon, National Memo, BillMoyers.com, TruthOut, and other media outlets. His work has been published by VICE, The Baffler, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Progressive, NPR, In These Times, and The Huffington Post. His first book, The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right, published by The New Press, explores how the conservative right rebuilt the Republican Party and its political clout in the aftermath of President Obama’s 2008 election victory. He is based in San Francisco. Last updated July 2017



While trumpeting “pension reform,” Governor Chris Christie placed retiree assets in the hands of the hedge fund managers who bankrolled his political career.

Tagg Team

Investors in Tagg Romney’s firm, Solamere Capital, could hit the jackpot if his father wins the presidency.

Selling Schools Out

Under the banner of high-tech progress, corporate lobbyists have rammed through legislation privatizing K-12 education across the country.

The Backstories

The Backstory: Lee Fang

Investigative reporter Lee Fang discusses how he follows the paper trail to break big news stories and the philosophy that guides his reporting.

Blog Posts