Ari Berman
  • Programs: The Investigative Fund, Fellows

    Ari Berman is a senior reporter for Mother Jones and a fellow at The Nation Institute. He has written extensively about American politics, voting rights, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and The Nation, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC, C-Span, and NPR. He won a 2017 Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media. He is the author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2015) about the history of voting rights since 1965 and Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010).

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Featured Work
  • A New Strategy for Voting Rights
  • Activists are already moving 'from outrage to action' in fighting the Supreme Court's awful VRA decision.

  • Destroying the Voting Rights Act
  • A five-decade bipartisan consensus on this key piece of civil rights legislation has collapsed — right when we need its protections more than ever before.

  • The GOP's Voter Suppression Strategy
  • After the 2010 election, in more than a dozen states Republicans passed voting restrictions aimed at reducing the turnout of Obama’s "coalition of the ascendant"...The strategy didn’t work as intended.

  • Can Obama Win North Carolina Again?
  • In this crucial swing state, organizers are betting that a strong grassroots ground game can defeat Romney's Super PAC cash.

  • Mitt Romney's Neocon War Cabinet
  • Judging by his advisers, Romney would embrace Bush’s unilateral interventionism and massive military budgets.

  • Tomgram: Ari Berman, The Politics of the Super Rich
  • At a time when it’s become a cliché to say that Occupy Wall Street has changed the nation’s political conversation -- drawing long overdue attention to the struggles of the 99% -- electoral politics and the 2012 presidential election have become almost exclusively defined by the 1%...

  • The GOP's New Southern Strategy
  • Republicans are using the redistricting process to undermine minority voting power and ensure their party's dominance.

  • The GOP War on Voting
  • In a campaign supported by the Koch brothers, Republicans are working to prevent millions of Democrats from voting next year.

  • Will Obama Fight for Post-Warren Consumer Bureau?
  • In a Nation article last month, "Disarming the Consumer Cop," I reported how the bank lobby and its Republican allies in Congress were trying to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...

  • Has Obama Found a Replacement for Elizabeth Warren at the CFPB?
  • According to Bloomberg News and other outlets, the Obama Administration is considering appointing Raj Date, a top deputy to Elizabeth Warren at the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as the bureau’s permanent director. Is the White House is floating a trial balloon?

  • The Bank Lobby v. Elizabeth Warren
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is poised to launch on July 21. But banks, payday lenders, and the GOP have joined forces to try to gut it first.

  • Jim Messina, Obama's Enforcer
  • The president's re-election campaign manager, Jim Messina, a longtime aide to Montana Senator Max Baucus who entered Obamaworld in June 2008 as the campaign's chief of staff, has alienated grassroots constituencies with his hardball tactics.

  • What an Obama Doctrine Can't Diagnose
  • Depending on who you listen to, the Obama administration's humanitarian intervention in Libya is either an illustration of an emerging foreign policy Obama doctrine or the lack thereof.

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