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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Sludge: People-Powered Journalism To Follow The Oil Money

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Sludge is an independent, reader-funded investigative news publication on money in politics. We follow the money and report on how politicians are funded and how lobbyists push corporate agendas.

We plan to investigate the fossil fuel industry and expose its efforts to kill the Green New Deal, but we can’t do it without your support. 

If this Kickstarter is successful, we’ll be able to start a climate desk on our national news website to uncover the massive influence of Big Oil money in Congress.

Congress’ policy responses to climate change over the next few years will determine how the world adapts to the coming catastrophe. But environmental legislation is not as sexy as the Russia investigation or the 2020 Presidential race, so the fossil fuel industry’s corruption of the process barely gets any attention.

Sludge wants to fix that with a relentless focus on oil industry money and lobbying so no politician can get away with selling us out without being exposed.

Sludge has been live for about eight months, publishing hundreds of original articles, and we’ve broken some major news stories—our reporting resulted in the chair of the new House climate committee divesting her fossil fuel holdings, Beto O’Rourke being removed by environmental groups from the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, and other members of Congress citing our reporting in ethics reforms.

Sludge has reported on the oil and gas investments of members of the House and Senate energy and climate committees, and the numbers are huge: up to $15.6 million in the House, up to $8.2 million in the Senate. We were the first site to document the fossil fuel investments of these members—exposing massive conflicts of interest as the senators and reps consider environmental bills.

We’ve had these major impacts, but there is tons more to uncover. It’s urgent that we increase our investigative reporting on the oil industry and its attacks on the Green New Deal. We’re asking for your support to enhance our focus on climate policy.

As of April 4th, this project has raised $26,000 of their $25,000 goal. This project has 2 days left to raise as much as it can.  For a pledge of $10, you will get one postcard.  For a pledge of $25, you will get six months of site membership.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: