In 1888, pioneering investigative reporter Nellie Bly came to Albany. Working undercover as the wife of a snake oil manufacturer, she promised a lobbyist $1250, 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 $1250 to an enterprising journalist who has worked to expose political corruption. The prize is open to any journalist, anywhere in the world, and is being awarded at the sole discretion of the MPC.
Donating to this campaign encourages and supports investigative reporting. This 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. If successful, the MPC hopes to give this award annually, to encourage investigative reporting and expose political corruption. 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. We intend to pay.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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