Kenneth P. Vogel

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Kenneth P. Vogel
Ken Vogel - MSNBC, 2018.jpg
Vogel in 2018
Born (1975-08-09) August 9, 1975 (age 47)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
OccupationJournalist, author
EmployerThe New York Times

Kenneth Paul Vogel (born 1975) is an American journalist and author who currently reports for The New York Times. From 2007 to 2017, he was the founding chief investigative reporter at Politico.[1][2][3] In June 2017, he joined the Washington Bureau of The New York Times as a reporter covering conflicts of interest, lobbying, and money in politics.

Vogel is the author of Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp–on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics. Vogel's writing often focuses on money in politics.[4][5] As part of his work, he focuses on political fundraising with particular emphasis on the political activities of the Koch brothers.[6][7]

Early life and education[edit]

Vogel grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1]


Vogel has reported for The News Tribune in Tacoma, Washington, Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, The Journal Inquirer in Manchester, Connecticut, and the Center for Public Integrity. He joined Politico prior to its 2007 launch.

Vogel's book, Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp—on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics, was published in 2014 and received generally favorable reviews from the Wall Street Journal, Economist, Financial Times.[8][9][10][11][12]

In 2016, a WikiLeaks email interception revealed that Vogel had sent a draft of an investigative news article he authored about Hillary Clinton's fundraising with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) ahead of publication to a DNC official. Business Insider referred to Vogel's sharing of a pre-publication draft as "a break from typical journalistic ethics."[13] The Washington Post's media critic Erik Wemple defended Vogel's ethics, writing that Vogel was "bringing the full weight of a Politico investigation to the DNC and the Clinton campaign, as if to say: We've got all this stuff on you. What say you?"[14] The article led PolitiFact to revise its rating of a claim that "the overwhelming amount" of money raised at a Clinton fundraiser would go to down-ballot Democrats; in light of Vogel's reporting, the fact-checking organization changed its assessment from "Mostly True" to "Half True."[15] Vogel's articles have been named among the best investigative news stories on campaign finance.[16][17]


Vogel is married to Danielle Rosengarten, an attorney and former climate change adviser to Joe Lieberman. He is a son of Ruth S. Vogel and Morris J. Vogel of New York. His mother is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York. His father is the president of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.[18]



  • Vogel, Kenneth (June 3, 2014). Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp–on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics. PublicAffairs. ISBN 978-1610393393.
  • "Our Private Legislatures — Public Service, Personal Gain"


  1. ^ a b "Kenneth P. Vogel". Politico. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Kroll, Andy (June 3, 2014). "Obama to Donors: "I Might Be In a Very Strong Position" To Demand Constitutional Change on Money in Politics". Mother Jones. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  3. ^ "The Conversation: Obama Press Conference". ABC News. September 10, 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  4. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (June 9, 2014). "Q&A Kenneth Vogel on billionaires, politics and his book 'Big Money'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  5. ^ McLean, Bethany (June 4, 2014). "Review: 'Big Money,' on the role of the ultra-rich in American politics, by Kenneth Vogel". Washington Post. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  6. ^ Weigel, David (February 20, 2013). "Our Goal of Advancing a Free and Prosperous America is Even More Difficult Than We Envisioned". Slate. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  7. ^ Montanaro, Domenico; Burlij, Terence; Pathe, Simone; Wellford, Rachel (May 9, 2014). "Koch group plans to spend $125 million on midterms". The Morning Line. PBS News Hour. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  8. ^ "Politico's Ken Vogel on Big Money in American Politics". Vice. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  9. ^ Kwak, James (July 3, 2014). "V.I.P. Room: 'Big Money,' by Kenneth P. Vogel". Sunday Book Review. New York Times. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  10. ^ Swaim, Barton (June 6, 2014). "Book Review: 'Sons of Wichita' by Daniel Schulman & 'Big Money' by Kenneth P. Vogel". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  11. ^ "'Big Money', by Kenneth Vogel". Financial Times. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  12. ^ "Ogle like Vogel". The Economist. June 3, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  13. ^ "Leaked emails reveal Politico reporter made 'agreement' to send advanced Clinton story to DNC". Business Insider. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  14. ^ Wemple, Erik (July 25, 2016). "Leave Politico's Ken Vogel alone". Washington Post. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  15. ^ "Matt Taibbi on How DNC Leak Shows Mechanics of a Slanted Campaign". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  16. ^ Faturechi, Robert (December 22, 2015). "The 10 Best 2015 Investigative Reports on Political Money". ProPublica. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Awards - Center for Public Integrity". Center for Public Integrity. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  18. ^ Mallozzi, Vincent (May 15, 2010). "Danielle Rosengarten, Kenneth Vogel". New York Times. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  19. ^ Trounson, Rebecca (November 13, 2020). "Anderson School of Management announces 2020 Loeb Award winners in business journalism" (Press release). UCLA Anderson School of Management. Retrieved November 13, 2020.

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