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New journalism for a new age.

We will reveal who runs America — and help you strengthen our democracy.

Expose problems.
Spotlight solutions.

Few people realize the control corporations and special interests have over the United States. Their influence on our government allows them to shape our society and our daily lives in ways that further only their interests, not the interests of the citizens our government was designed to serve.

It is distressing that this influence wielded by corporations and special interests faces so little scrutiny. The only way to combat their hidden control is for journalists to shine a bright light on where your interests are being undermined – and help citizens understand how to fight back.

Meet Tarbell™. Our sole mission is to be your spotlight. We will answer only to you, our readers. Our investigative reporting will help you see how the powers that run America are working against your interests. Tarbell will be your trusted source — and together we will improve our democracy and our country.

Ready to become a founding member of this new, dynamic journalism? Then join the movement to launch Tarbell, build a better America and a stronger democracy.

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Help us launch Tarbell

Reveal who runs America

Why Tarbell is Different

Unique in journalism

  • Investigate power

    We reveal how big money affects your life.
  • Improve America

    We spotlight solutions to aid our democracy.
  • Funded by you

    Independent journalism, with no advertising.

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A few stories Tarbell will tell

  • How soda companies use deceptive messaging to defeat ideas they oppose.
  • How corporate lobbyists are angling to preserve subsidies within tax reform.
  • What to know about a coalition in Florida minimizing money’s role in politics.
  • What the fossil fuel industry learned from big tobacco about keeping public support.
  • The evidence-based solution for half of Americans who struggle to get dental care.
  • The ways drug companies shape the debate about high drug costs.

How this will work

The Tarbell model

  • People

    Our members are the first to see, share and take action because of our stories.
  • Partners

    We’ll work with newsrooms nationwide to amplify our stories and your contribution.
  • Movements

    We’ll make sure our stories inform those who are shaping America’s future.

“There’s too little understanding of how big corporations influence politics and what they are getting in return.”

Wendell Potter, founder of Tarbell

Wendell spent his career helping corporate America lie to protect profits. Now, he’s on the other side, launching Tarbell to give Americans a voice in a political debate dominated by special interests. Learn more about the team of experts supporting Tarbell.

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