Peter Overby

As NPR's correspondent covering campaign finance and lobbying, Peter Overby totes around a business card that reads Power, Money & Influence Correspondent. Some of his lobbyist sources call it the best job title in Washington.

Overby was awarded an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia silver baton for his coverage of the 2000 campaign and the 2001 Senate vote to tighten the rules on campaign finance. The citation said his reporting "set the bar" for the beat.

In 2008, he teamed up with the Center for Investigative Reporting on the Secret Money Project, an extended multimedia investigation of outside-money groups in federal elections.

Joining with NPR congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook in 2009, Overby helped to produce Dollar Politics, a multimedia examination of the ties between lawmakers and lobbyists, as Congress considered the health-care overhaul bill. The series went on to win the annual award for excellence in Washington-based reporting given by the Radio and Television Correspondents Association.

Because life is about more than politics, even in Washington, Overby has veered off his beat long enough to do a few other stories, including an appreciation of R&B star Jackie Wilson and a look back at an 1887 shooting in the Capitol, when an angry journalist fatally wounded a congressman-turned-lobbyist.

Before coming to NPR in 1994, Overby was senior editor at Common Cause Magazine, where he shared a 1992 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for magazine writing. His work has appeared in publications ranging from the Congressional Quarterly Guide to Congress and Los Angeles Times to the Utne Reader and Reader's Digest (including the large-print edition).

Overby is a Washington-area native and lives in Northern Virginia with his family.

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Thu July 23, 2015
It's All Politics

How Much Is Donald Trump Worth? We Still Don't Know

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 1:06 pm

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at his South Carolina campaign kickoff rally in Bluffton, S.C.
Stephen B. Morton AP

Donald Trump's massive 92-page financial disclosure released Wednesday still didn't answer the most burning question — exactly how much is the boisterous billionaire businessman worth?

The GOP presidential candidate boasted last month he's worth $10 billion, though before he has said it was about $9 billion and Forbes magazine has pegged his net worth at $4 billion.

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3:57pm

Wed July 22, 2015
Politics

Political TV Advertising Expected To Cost $4.4 Billion In 2016

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 5:26 pm

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4:02am

Thu July 16, 2015
Politics

2016's Campaign War Chests Are Just Jewelry Boxes Next To The Super PACs

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 2:51 pm

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4:38pm

Thu July 2, 2015
It's All Politics

Small Donors Fueled Sanders' $15 Million Fundraising Haul

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 5:08 pm

A supporter registers for a town hall meeting Thursday in Rochester, Minn.
Jim Mone AP

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, running in the Democratic presidential primaries, has raised about $15 million, his campaign said Thursday.

His campaign emphasized the grass-roots strength of his fundraising: 250,000 donors making nearly 400,000 contributions of $250 or less.

The numbers come from a quarterly disclosure report being filed at the Federal Election Commission, and are measured from when Sanders launched his campaign April 30.

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4:46am

Wed July 1, 2015
Politics

GOP Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush Releases Tax Returns

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 8:19 am

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