The Investigative Fund

The Investigative Fund The Investigative Fund incubates and supports investigative journalism that appears in a wide variety of print and broadcast outlets.

The Investigative Fund’s mission is to produce high-impact investigative reporting that holds the powerful accountable. We seek to bring underreported stories to light, cultivate diverse journalistic talent, and create a home for independent journalism that serves the public.

Mission: The Investigative Fund incubates and supports investigative journalism that appears in a wide variety of print and broadcast outlets.

Type Investigations
04/11/2019
Type Investigations

Type Investigations

The Doris Behr 2012 Irrevocable Trust lawsuit is in some sense perverse: a shareholder is seeking to restrict shareholder rights. But Scott has long decried class-action shareholder lawsuits as a boondoggle for lawyers and a burden on shareholders who bear the costs of defending and settling the suits. As president of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, he was an early proponent of rescinding shareholders’ rights to sue, suggesting in 2006 that shareholders be allowed to decide whether the companies they invest in should force arbitration. The Committee, according to a 2010 nonprofit filing, has been funded by such Wall Street titans as Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Fidelity Investments, Deloitte, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and hedge fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin. In an op-ed in February, Scott said that most shareholder class actions “have no merit, damage shareholder interests, and tarnish the attractiveness of our public capital markets.”

https://www.typeinvestigations.org/investigation/2019/04/09/a-harvard-professor-filed-a-shareholder-lawsuit-to-restrict-shareholder-rights/

Check out our new page! We are now Type Investigations. Our fellowship program honors Ida B. Wells, the pioneering Afric...
02/15/2019
Type Investigations

Check out our new page! We are now Type Investigations.

Our fellowship program honors Ida B. Wells, the pioneering African-American activist and investigative reporter who, during the Jim Crow era, led the nation’s first campaign against lynching.

The application for our Ida B Wells Fellowship program is due March 1!

The year-long fellowship helps 5 journalists of color complete their first major investigation and comes with a $16k stipend plus editorial, research, legal, and placement support.

Check out our new page! We are now Type Investigations.
02/14/2019
Type Investigations

Check out our new page! We are now Type Investigations.

"If we say, ‘No, it did not happen,’ then no, it did not happen from US AFRICOM." Our investigation shows how the US avoids acknowledging air strikes under its “responses to questions” policy.

Join us at our new page!
02/12/2019
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Join us at our new page!

Since Trump took office, figuring out whom the US is killing and why has become nearly impossible.

Type Investigations
02/11/2019
Type Investigations

Type Investigations

The pursuit of justice drives two men to fight each other in the courts and on the streets of New York.

01/29/2019
Type Investigations

The application for the Ida B. Wells Fellowship program is open!

The year-long fellowship helps 5 journalists of color complete their first major investigation and comes with a $16k stipend plus editorial, research, legal, and placement support.

It also covers travel and other reporting costs associated with the project and with attending the IRE conference in June, as well as a one-week data bootcamp through the National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting.

Applications are due March 1!

https://www.typeinvestigations.org/…/ida-b-wells-fellowship/

New York Senate Vote Moves State Toward Closure of LLC Campaign-Finance Loophole. Jarrett Murphy has the latest: https:/...
01/15/2019
New York Senate Vote Moves State Toward Closure of LLC Campaign-Finance Loophole - Type Investigations

New York Senate Vote Moves State Toward Closure of LLC Campaign-Finance Loophole. Jarrett Murphy has the latest:
https://www.typeinvestigations.org/blog/2019/01/15/senate-vote-moves-state-toward-closure-of-llc-campaign-finance-loophole/

And for the deep dive, check out our September 2018 investigation into New York campaign financing: https://www.typeinvestigations.org/investigation/2018/09/07/the-llc-loophole/

Nearly 23 years ago, the New York State Board of Elections created a gargantuan flaw in campaign finance laws that has been exploited by real-estate companies and other corporate interests to the tune nearly $200 million.

We are excited to announce that on January 15, The Investigative Fund relaunches as Type Investigations. The name change...
01/15/2019
Type Investigations

We are excited to announce that on January 15, The Investigative Fund relaunches as Type Investigations. The name change comes as part of a broader rebrand here in which our parent organization, The Nation Institute, becomes Type Media Center, and Nation Books becomes Bold Type Books.

We believe Type conveys our commitment to old school journalism values — while offering us the flexibility to expand our journalism partnerships across platforms, from print and digital to radio and television. We trust that Type Investigations will quickly become known as an incubator of original, independent, socially significant investigative reporting; as an editorial shop that helps reporters and stories go big.

Please join us at www.facebook.com/typeinvestigations. We will be phasing this page out over the coming weeks.

Type Investigations incubates and supports investigative journalism that appears in a wide variety of print and broadcast outlets.

42% of mothers in state prisons identify their child’s grandmother as the current caregiver. But to gain foster care s...
12/19/2018
Stepping Up - The Investigative Fund

42% of mothers in state prisons identify their child’s grandmother as the current caregiver.

But to gain foster care status, a grandparent must first abandon the child to the child welfare system, and risk losing custody entirely.

As the incarceration of mothers increases in the United States, who cares for the children left behind?

In debates over Confederate sites, you’ll hear people defend them by saying they’re part of our heritage, part of ou...
12/10/2018
Monumental Lies - The Investigative Fund

In debates over Confederate sites, you’ll hear people defend them by saying they’re part of our heritage, part of our history.

But how is that history being told? And more importantly, who’s paying to keep it alive? Our new episode with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting:

The Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, but the Confederacy didn’t completely die with it.

An estimated 60-90 percent of U.S. waterways could lose federal protections that currently shield them from pollution an...
12/10/2018
EPA’s New Water Rule Will Gut The Clean Water Act - The Investigative Fund

An estimated 60-90 percent of U.S. waterways could lose federal protections that currently shield them from pollution and development. With The Intercept:

According to the rule that the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release next week, streams that are dependent on rainfall and wetlands not physically connected to year-round waterways will no longer be covered by the Clean Water Act.

The racist doctrine known as the "Lost Cause" maintains that the Confederacy was based in a noble ideal and that slavery...
12/06/2018
The Costs of the Confederacy - The Investigative Fund

The racist doctrine known as the "Lost Cause" maintains that the Confederacy was based in a noble ideal and that slavery was benign.

We found that American taxpayers have invested at least $40 million over the last decade to help sustain this doctrine.

In the last decade alone, American taxpayers have spent at least $40 million on Confederate monuments and groups that perpetuate racist ideology.

In South Texas, border residents struggle to cope with the latest military surge.
11/29/2018
The Occupation - The Investigative Fund

In South Texas, border residents struggle to cope with the latest military surge.

In South Texas, border residents struggle to cope with the latest military surge.

Our reporters went to Confederate sites across the South amid the debate over public monuments. In the last decade, Amer...
11/29/2018
The Costs of the Confederacy - The Investigative Fund

Our reporters went to Confederate sites across the South amid the debate over public monuments. In the last decade, American taxpayers have spent at least $40 million on Confederate memorials and sites that perpetuate racist ideology.

In the last decade alone, American taxpayers have spent at least $40 million on Confederate monuments and groups that perpetuate racist ideology.

Our new Head of Research will manage all the research and fact-checking needs of the organization, oversee our fact chec...
11/09/2018
Jobs - The Investigative Fund

Our new Head of Research will manage all the research and fact-checking needs of the organization, oversee our fact check guidance and training, and work closely with reporters, research interns and freelance researchers and checkers.

The Investigative Fund is seeking an impressive researcher to join our small but growing editorial team in New York City as Head of Research. This is an editorial job with lots of growth potential, involving close collaboration with our team of investigative reporters and editors on deeply reported....

Like many Indigenous communities, Navajo citizens experience a gauntlet of voting obstacles. Now, to participate in the ...
11/06/2018
How the ADA could affect Native American voters - The Investigative Fund

Like many Indigenous communities, Navajo citizens experience a gauntlet of voting obstacles. Now, to participate in the democratic system, those voters may face an additional roadblock: complying with U.S. law that doesn’t apply on tribal nations.

In partnership with High Country News:

In Indian Country, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act may mean less voter access.

City Limits
10/09/2018

City Limits

Congratulations to Ese Olumhense who is the winner of the Front Page Martha Coman New Reporter Award!!!

She won for her City Limits and The Investigative Fund story on the obstacles NYCHA crime witnesses face when seeking safety.

Newswomen's Club of New York

https://buff.ly/2PmuvyA

“The real agenda was never due process, but to remove as many migrants as possible, as quickly as possible, with littl...
10/09/2018
A Culture of No - The Investigative Fund

“The real agenda was never due process, but to remove as many migrants as possible, as quickly as possible, with little attention to fundamental fairness.”

The fate of people seeking asylum in the United States is determined not just by the legitimacy of their claims, but by where they land.

A group of Latina women across the country have been working in secret, turning their homes into shelters for abused imm...
10/09/2018
Safe House - The Investigative Fund

A group of Latina women across the country have been working in secret, turning their homes into shelters for abused immigrant women.

A group of Latina women across the country have been working in secret, turning their homes into shelters for abused immigrant women.

Just seven months after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over ISIS in Iraq, the jihadists have regrouped ...
09/25/2018
The Underground Caliphate - The Investigative Fund

Just seven months after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over ISIS in Iraq, the jihadists have regrouped and are stepping up guerrilla-style attacks.

ISIS has not yet vanished. It is fighting a guerrilla war against the Iraqi State.

Welund, a private intelligence firm that promises to help oil and gas operators mitigate threats posed by environmental ...
09/25/2018
Private Intelligence Firm Keeps Tabs on Environmentalists - The Investigative Fund

Welund, a private intelligence firm that promises to help oil and gas operators mitigate threats posed by environmental activists, maintains a subscriber-only intelligence platform including news reports, online information, and strategic analysis.

When big oil companies want to monitor activists, they turn to Welund.

Last October, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that ISIS had been defeated, but the group’s leader announ...
09/24/2018
Political Instability Facilitates ISIS Resurgence in Iraq - The Investigative Fund

Last October, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that ISIS had been defeated, but the group’s leader announced that they were back, using new tactics.

Las October, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that ISIS had been defeated in, but the group’s leader announced that they were back and using new tactics.

Our new story with City Limits brings to light two decades worth of dark money flowing through an LLC loophole that allo...
09/07/2018
The LLC Loophole - The Investigative Fund

Our new story with City Limits brings to light two decades worth of dark money flowing through an LLC loophole that allows firms to write multiple checks to candidates, blasting through campaign finance limits.

For more than a decade, right-wing activists have spent millions in accusing Democratic senators who question judicial n...
09/05/2018
The ‘Anti-Catholic’ Playbook - The Investigative Fund

For more than a decade, right-wing activists have spent millions in accusing Democratic senators who question judicial nominees on LGBTQ rights or abortion as anti-religious bigots. With The Nation Magazine:

A secret network of right-wing activists has spent millions attacking questions on abortion or LGBT rights as anti-religious bigotry.

A top SEC official says companies should be allowed to force shareholders into arbitration. Advocates call it a blow to ...
09/04/2018
Will Shareholders Lose the Right to Sue? - The Investigative Fund

A top SEC official says companies should be allowed to force shareholders into arbitration. Advocates call it a blow to corporate accountability.

A top SEC official says companies should be allowed to force shareholders into arbitration; financial reform advocates call it a blow to corporate accountability.

Flame retardants didn't actually provide any significant protection, and manufacturers knew early on that their product ...
09/04/2018
Worse Than Lead? - The Investigative Fund

Flame retardants didn't actually provide any significant protection, and manufacturers knew early on that their product wasn’t safe. In fact, it was mutagenic.

The chemical industry strikes again, shifting from lead to flame retardants that also sicken and kill.

Even before #MeToo gained steam, stories of sexual harassment in wilderness jobs were rampant. But there's a deeper stor...
09/04/2018
The Forest Service Is Silencing Women - The Investigative Fund

Even before #MeToo gained steam, stories of sexual harassment in wilderness jobs were rampant. But there's a deeper story: women face an employment structure rigged against them and a complaint process designed to turn them away.

Women in the Forest Service have tried to bring justice to those who have discriminated against them. But the system is set up to make their complaints go away.

Our fellow Sharon Lerner appeared on WNYC to talk about her latest investigation, which revealed 3M knew about the dange...
08/08/2018
Cover-Up of Toxic Chemicals in 3M Products | Midday on WNYC | WNYC

Our fellow Sharon Lerner appeared on WNYC to talk about her latest investigation, which revealed 3M knew about the dangers of their toxic chemicals for decades, as they were accumulating in people’s blood.

Findings have linked the chemicals to a wide range of health effects in people, including testicular and kidney cancer, obesity, impaired fertility, thyroid disease, and the onset of puberty. Click here for the full interview:

Sharon Lerner takes a deep dive into documents from a lawsuit against the company 3M. 

Yesterday, Missouri voters gave unions a victory by strongly rejecting a right-to-work law.Take a look at the history be...
08/08/2018
This Conservative Group Worked 60 Years to Crush Labor - The Investigative Fund

Yesterday, Missouri voters gave unions a victory by strongly rejecting a right-to-work law.

Take a look at the history behind the "right-to-work" concept, introduced by a man who believed unions were both dens of communism and threats to the racial order.

The National Right to Work Committee and its affiliates are now closer to that goal.

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