Lee Fang

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Lee Fang
Education BA, Government from University of Maryland
Occupation journalist

Lee Fang is a liberal American journalist.[1][2] He is a journalist at The Intercept.[3] Previously, he was a reporting fellow at The Nation Institute and a contributing writer at The Nation.[4][5] Fang was a writer at progressive outlet the Republic Report,[6] co-founding republicreport.org in 2012.[7] His career started as an investigative blogger for ThinkProgress.[8]

Work with The Intercept[edit]

Lee Fang started working with The Intercept in 2015, his first article appearing on 26 February 2015[9]

Work with The Nation and The Nation Institute[edit]

Work with The Republic Report[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Fang's hometown is in Prince George’s County, Maryland.[citation needed] He attended the University of Maryland, College Park, graduating with a B.A. in government and politics.[citation needed] In college, Fang served as President of the Federation of Maryland College Democrats, editor of the Maryland College Democrat blog, and on the Campus Progress Advisory Board[citation needed]. Fang interned with ThinkProgress and served as a researcher for Progressive Accountability.[citation needed] As an undergraduate, Fang also interned for Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD), for progressive media watchdog group Media Matters for America, and for the lobbying firm Westin Rinehart.[citation needed][10]

Work with ThinkProgress[edit]

Fang published several articles where he alleges that special interests manipulated the media reaction to the Occupy Wall Street protests.[11][12]

United States Chamber of Commerce article[edit]

An article posted on ThinkProgress on October 5, 2010, authored by Lee Fang, attracted attention and some controversy. Fang wrote a story where he alleged that the United States Chamber of Commerce funded political attack campaigns from its general fund, which solicits funds from foreign sources. Fang stated that the chamber is "likely skirting longstanding campaign finance law that bans the involvement of foreign corporations in American elections."[13]

The story was repeated by the Huffington Post and the progressive activist group MoveOn.org asked the DoJ to launch a criminal investigation of the Chamber's funding.[14]

The non-partisan fact-checking website FactCheck.org analyzed the claim that "foreign corporations are 'stealing our democracy' with secret, illegal contributions funneled through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce," noting that ThinkProgress made the initial allegations.[15] FactCheck concluded that "It’s a claim with little basis in fact."[15] Others questioned the claims made in the article as well. Eric Lichtblau of The New York Times pointed out that the article "provided no evidence that the money generated overseas had been used in United States campaigns."[16]

Reporting on Koch Industries[edit]

In April 2011, Fang wrote an article titled "The Contango Game: How Koch Industries Manipulates The Oil Market For Profit," in which he said "Koch Industries occupies a unique role in manipulating the oil market."[17] The story was soon after picked up by CBS.[18]

Fang has previously written about Charles and David Koch,[19][20] and he was involved with a Robert Greenwald documentary titled Koch Brothers Exposed.[21]

Politico wrote that "Fang’s relentless chronicling of the Koch brothers have made him something of a star on the left," while noting his "efforts to portray the political activities of the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch as motivated by a desire to boost their profits - an argument even some liberals reject as an overly simplistic caricature."[22]

Political views[edit]

Fang has been described as a "liberal" by the New York Times, and as both "liberal" and "progressive" by Salon.[23][24] According to Fang, "I like hanging out with fully grassroots Tea Party activists because, for the most part, whatever their motivations are, they’re just upset about society and they want to do something about it which, at the core, I respect even though I pretty much disagree with their worldview."[25]



  1. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/us/politics/michael-goldfarb-gleeful-provocateur-at-intersection-of-many-worlds.html?_r=1&
  2. ^ Glenn Greenwald. "Free speech and donations". salon.com. 
  3. ^ https://firstlook.org/theintercept. Retrieved July 27, 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Lee Fang". The Nation Institute. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lee Fang". The Investigative Fund. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lee Fang". Republic Report. 
  7. ^ "Lee fang". Retrieved July 27, 2015/.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ Shakir, Faiz. "Farewell to our Friends and Colleagues Matt Yglesias and Lee Fang". ThinkProgress. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
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  10. ^ "Advisory Board". Campus Progress. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Julia La Roche (2011-10-10). "Blogger Tries To Smear Occupy Wall Street Critics By Tying Them To A Hedge Funder". Business Insider. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  12. ^ Ungerleider, Neal (2011-09-21). "Occupy Wall Street: Tahrir Over Here?". Fast Company. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  13. ^ Fang, Lee. "Exclusive: Foreign-Funded 'U.S.' Chamber of Commerce Running Partisan Attack Ads". ThinkProgress.Org. 
  14. ^ Stein, Sam (5 October 2010). "MoveOn Asks DoJ To Launch Criminal Investigation Of Chamber's Funding". Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Foreign Money? Really?". FactCheck.org. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  16. ^ Lichtblau, Eric (8 October 2010). "Topic of Foreign Money in U.S. Races Hits Hustings". New York Times. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  17. ^ Fang, Lee (2011-04-13). "The Contango Game: How Koch Industries Manipulates The Oil Market For Profit". ThinkProgress. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  18. ^ Sherter, Alain (April 15, 2011). "Contango Lesson: How Koch Industries Raises Gas Prices". CBS. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
  19. ^ Cynthia Stead (2011-04-21). "Revealing insights in media reform". CapeCodOnline.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  20. ^ People and Power (March 29, 2012). "The Koch Brothers - People & Power". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  21. ^ "Lee Fang". Koch Brothers Exposed. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  22. ^ Smith, Ben; Vogel, Kenneth (4-12-2011). "Center for American Progress news team takes aim at GOP". Politico. Retrieved 5 January 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  23. ^ Rutenberg, Jim (2013-2-23). "A Conservative Provocateur, Using a Blowtorch as His Pen". New York Times. Retrieved 5 January 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  24. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (2012-07-30). "Free speech and donations". Salon. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Lee Fang talks about his book "The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right" & corporatist influence in the U.S.". Eclectablog. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  26. ^ Fang, Lee (2013). The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right. New York. ISBN 9781595586391.