Alex Kotch

Research Consultant

A Chapel Hill, North Carolina, native, Alex is an independent investigative journalist who specializes in money in politics. He was on staff at the Institute for Southern Studies from 2014 to 2016 and remains a regular contributor. Now based in Brooklyn, New York, his stories about campaign finance, elections law, the environment, education reform and social justice have appeared at publications including AlterNet, DeSmogBlog, Salon, Paste Magazine and Vice.

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Special interests ramp up outside election spending, but is it working?

December 18, 2015 - Super PACs, "social welfare" nonprofits, and other outside groups are spending record amounts on ads in the 2016 presidential race, more than triple the total at this point compared to four years ago. But are the ads effective? We consider lessons from North Carolina, a key swing state that in recent elections has attracted record amounts of outside money.

NRA spent heavily on Southern senators who voted against gun safety

December 10, 2015 - Twenty-two out of the South's 26 U.S. senators voted against two gun-safety measures the day after last week's massacre in San Bernardino, California. All but one Southern senator voting "nay" received direct campaign donations from the National Rifle Association, benefited from outside political spending by the NRA, or both.