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.
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Peter Overby

Power, Money and Influence Correspondent

Peter Overby has covered Washington power, money, and influence since a foresighted NPR editor created the beat in 1994.

Overby has covered scandals involving House Speaker Newt Gingrich, President Bill Clinton, lobbyist Jack Abramoff and others. He tracked the rise of campaign finance regulation as Congress passed campaign finance reform laws, and the rise of deregulation as Citizens United and other Supreme Court decisions rolled those laws back.

During President Trump's first year in office, Overby was on a team of NPR journalists covering conflicts of interest sparked by the Trump family business. He did some of the early investigations of dark money, dissecting a money network that influenced a Michigan judicial election in 2013, and — working with the Center for Investigative Reporting — surfacing below-the-radar attack groups in the 2008 presidential election.

In 2009, Overby co-reported Dollar Politics, a multimedia series on lawmakers, lobbyists and money as the Senate debated the Affordable Care Act. The series received an award for excellence from the Capitol Hill-based Radio and Television Correspondents Association. Earlier, he won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for his coverage of the 2000 elections and 2001 Senate debate on campaign finance reform.

Prior to NPR, Overby was an editor/reporter for Common Cause Magazine, where he shared an Investigative Reporters and Editors award. He worked on daily newspapers for 10 years, and has freelanced for publications ranging from Utne Reader and the Congressional Quarterly Guide To Congress to the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post.

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President Trump, Sen. Bernie Sanders Are Front-Runners In The Money Race For 2020

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Lobbyists See The Indictment Of Powerful Lawyer Gregory Craig As A Warning

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives last month. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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White House Lawyers Discussed Trump Tax Returns With Treasury Department

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President Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he was "not inclined" to adhere to a demand from a congressional Democrat for the IRS to hand over copies of the president's tax returns. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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How Trump's Campaign Fundraising Compares With 2020 Democratic Contenders

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, appearing at a campaign stop in Concord, N.H., raised about $6 million in the first day of his 2020 presidential campaign, which was evidence that he has maintained strong grassroots support. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Democratic Presidential Contenders Look To Small Donations For Funding

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Appeals Court In Virginia To Hear Arguments In Trump Hotel Lawsuit

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Democrats' Election Reform Bill Takes Aim At 'Dark Money'

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A government ethics watchdog refused to certify Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' recent financial disclosure, a rare rebuke of a Cabinet official. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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'Not In Compliance': Wilbur Ross, The Trump Official Who Keeps Watchdogs Up At Night

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Unpacking What The American Israel Public Affairs Committee Does

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