Justin Elliott

Reporter, Propublica

Justin Elliott appears in the following:

How New York City’s Emergency Ventilator Stockpile Ended Up on the Auction Block

Saturday, April 11, 2020

A 2006 pandemic plan warned that New York City could be short as many as 9,500 ventilators. But the city only acquired a few hundred -- and they were ultimately scrapped.


The Trump Inauguration’s ‘Unconscionable Contract’

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Prosecutors are investigating whether the Trump family business overcharged Donald Trump's inaugural committee — a story first reported by Trump, Inc.

Donald and Ivanka Trump Were Involved in Inauguration's Inflated Payments to Family Business, New Suit Says

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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“Members of the Trump family were aware of and involved in the negotiation of this unconscionable contract,” the District of Columbia’s attorney general wrote in the suit.


An Opportunity for the Rich

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Part of President Trump's tax law, opportunity zones are meant to spur new investment in poor areas by reducing taxes for the wealthy. How much those communities will benefit is unclear.

New York Regulator Launches Investigation Into TurboTax Maker Intuit and H&R Block

Friday, May 10, 2019

The agency is looking at whether the companies intentionally deceived customers by steering them away from Free File into paid products.


Romanian Prime Minister Is Staying at Trump’s D.C. Hotel

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

It's the latest example of Trump’s company doing business with foreign officials. Two attorneys general have sued Trump over the issue, accusing him of violating the Constitution.

Trump Inauguration Chief Tom Barrack’s ‘Rules for Success’

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Under Barrack’s leadership, the presidential inauguration committee raised a record $107 million and a lot of questions.

New Evidence Emerges of Possible Wrongdoing by Trump Inaugural Committee

Friday, February 08, 2019

The Trump inaugural committee appears to have overpaid for space at Trump’s Washington hotel, a possible violation of the law. Federal prosecutors are probing the festivities.

Confidential Memo: Company of Trump Inaugural Chair Sought to Profit from Connection to Administration, Foreigners

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The memo comes as federal prosecutors conduct a wide-ranging probe into the nonprofit that ran the inaugural.

Trump’s Inauguration Paid Trump’s Company — With Ivanka in the Middle

Friday, December 14, 2018

As the inaugural committee planned the celebration, internal concerns were raised about whether Trump’s Washington hotel was overcharging for event space.

Trump’s Patron-in-Chief: Sheldon Adelson

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The gambling magnate has never been more powerful. The Trump administration has advanced his ideological and financial interests, including an assist in his quest for a casino in Japan.

The Hidden Hand of a Casino Company In Trump’s Contact with Vietnam

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Trump’s first call with the Vietnamese prime minister was arranged by Marc Kasowitz, a Trump personal lawyer who has another client with business interests in Vietnam.

How Ivanka Trump And Donald Trump, Jr., Avoided a Criminal Indictment

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

WNYC, ProPublica and The New Yorker investigate how the Trump family avoided criminal charges in a probe related to the Trump Soho.

How Ivanka Trump And Donald Trump, Jr., Avoided a Criminal Indictment

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

New York prosecutors were preparing a case. Then the D.A. overruled his staff after a visit from President Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz. 

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Red Cross Effort To Shut Down Inquiry Fails; Report Calls For Outside Oversight

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The American Red Cross allegedly did not fully cooperate with a government investigation of its performance and finances. Now investigators and a congressman want the charity's books open for audits.


How the American Red Cross Spent Its Haiti Money

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The American Red Cross is under pressure this week to answer questions from Congress about the spending of nearly half a billion dollars it raised after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

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Officials Using Private Email to Keep Out of Public Record

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

When Justin Elliot tried to find out whether members of the Cuomo administration had special permission, they declined to comment.


Not All Plots, Not All Thwarted

Friday, November 01, 2013

Following Edward Snowden's leaks about the NSA's surveillance program, the NSA, members of Congress and the Obama administration all attempted to justify the program by declaring that it had thwarted more than 50 terrorist plots. But, at a Senate hearing last month, NSA Chief General Keith Alexander admitted that the numbers being cited weren't all plots and weren't all thwarted. Brooke talks to ProPublica's Justin Elliott about how the claim spread despite a lack of evidence to support it.

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Report Claiming Iran Employs 30,000 Spies Called into Question

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Coming up, an update on a story we brought you earlier in the month about the size of Iran's intelligence agency. Justin Elliot, a reporter for Pro Publica, analyzes the number and its original source.


Public Files Come Online...Sort Of.

Friday, May 04, 2012

In January, we covered a proposal to put the 'public files' of television stations online and the broadcaster's objections to the move. A public file, which stations are legally required to keep, contains information about what organizations are buying political ads and how much they've paid for each ad. Brooke speaks with Justin Elliott, reporter at ProPublica about a recent FCC ruling that will require some stations to put the files online.


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