MSNBC Anchor


More Than You Wanted to Know

This is probably more than most people want to know, but here 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 a journalist.

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 journalist.

I 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 moderating events and panels for Common Cause and The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and speaking at the Center for American Progress.