In 1888, pioneering investigative reporter Nellie Bly came to Albany. Pretending she was the wife of a snake oil manufacturer, she promised a lobbyist $1,250 if he could get the Legislature to kill a bill that regulated "patent medicines." (The bill died, but Bly never paid. Instead, she wrote an article exposing political corruption--one of the many articles she published in Joseph Pulitzer's New York World.)
The Museum of Political Corruption, a nonprofit educational organization, is encouraging investigative reporting, in the spirit of Nellie Bly (1864-1922), by giving a cash prize of $1,250 to an enterprising journalist who has worked to expose political corruption. The prize is open to any journalist, anywhere in the world, and is awarded at the sole discretion of the MPC.
Last year, the Museum raised $3,631 in just 60 days. The prize went to New York Times reporter Susanne Craig for her work covering President Donald Trump. Donating to this campaign encourages and supports investigative reporting, which is an essential service in the modern political climate, much as it was in Nellie Bly's time. The winner will be announced on May 5, Nellie Bly's birthday. Money raised in this campaign will fund the award and a ceremony in the recipient's honor. Donations to the Museum of Political Corruption are tax deductible.
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Nellie Bly never intended to pay the promised bribe. She stood up the lobbyist sent to collect the money and wrote an expose on political corruption. Our reward is paid to the recipient literally under the table, encouraging them to continue Bly’s legacy by using their writing to expose political corruption everywhere.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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