Grassroots Analytics: A Company Quietly Upending the Fundraising World

I published a story today in The Intercept that I’ve been working on for a few months. It looks at an obscure company called Grassroots Analytics, which says it wants to help people run for office who don’t have ready-made rolodexes of rich friends, family, and coworkers.

The company worked with some of the biggest upsets of the 2018 election cycle, and yet no article has ever mentioned them, and no organization in the Democratic establishment will publicly recommend them. Some say what they’re doing is illegal. Meanwhile, they’ve quietly raised millions of dollars for long-shot candidates.

The story is about the opaque world of political fundraising, monopoly in the campaign industry, and data-sharing ethics in the 21st century. You can read it here.


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