Disclosures

More Than You Wanted to Know

So, this is probably more than most people want to know, but these are some disclosures about my past work and current practices:

I do not make financial donations to political candidates. I do not not work or consult for political candidates, and haven’t done so since 2005.

From 2002 to 2003, I worked for Sen. Maria Cantwell as a legislative aide. From 2003 to 2004, I worked as a national staff member for the John Kerry Presidential Campaign.

From 2009 to 2013, I was a practicing attorney. I am not currently practicing law on behalf of any clients, and I generally refrain from publicly commenting on, or writing about, my former clients in my role as an anchor and writer. 

I have also worked at the Center for Constitutional Rights, and served as a pro bono legal employee at the New York County Defender Services (a clerk internship) and at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School (a legal “externship”).

I occasionally give talks and accept speaking fees for some public speaking, such as lectures at conferences and universities. I do not accept speaking fees from companies or organizations that I cover as a writer or anchor.

I also occasionally do public speaking or appearances at events that are affiliated with organizations that I cover, but only on an unpaid, voluntary basis. (Past examples include speaking at an event affiliated with Common Cause, speaking on a panel at the Center for American Progress, and speaking at the Netroots Nation political conference.)