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Launch Tarbell.
Improve America.

Rising insurance premiums. High drug prices. Crushing student loan debt. Stagnant wages. Pollution and climate change.

You’re outraged by these realities. You’re losing faith in America. But you’re not resigned to the status quo.

Meet Tarbell™. Your donation today will launch new movement journalism to help citizens understand who really runs America — and take back our power in our republic.

Politicians say the system is rigged. Tarbell will show you how it’s rigged. We will focus on the control of corporations and special interests. We’ll show you how they always win and connect their actions to your life. And we’ll present solutions for you to change the status quo.

We’re nonprofit. Reader-funded. Independent. And we don’t accept advertising.

How Big Pharma keeps drug prices high Click here to read Tarbell’s first story

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.

Want to learn more? Explore our FAQs

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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