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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Articles by Alex

Gov. McCrory's mysterious role in NC sweepstakes scandal

August 21, 2015 - A two-year investigation by North Carolina's elections board found no campaign finance violations by indicted video poker owners and their lobbyists, but questions remain about other possibly illegal activity by the industry — and about its relationship to Gov. Pat McCrory.

Dr. King's 'I Have A Dream' speech was born in North Carolina

August 12, 2015 - An N.C. State University professor has restored old reel-to-reel tapes from a public library in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, proving that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first uttered his renowned "I Have A Dream" refrain in the eastern North Carolina city in 1962, nine months before his historic speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.