Informed Citizens Make Better Choices
The Lever is a nonpartisan, reader-supported investigative news outlet that holds accountable the people and corporations manipulating the levers of power. The organization was founded in 2020 by David Sirota, an award-winning journalist and Oscar-nominated writer who served as the presidential campaign speechwriter for Bernie Sanders.
The Lever’s reporting, podcasts, videos, and live events focus on politics, business, and corruption. We expose how money shapes and distorts public policy. We report inconvenient truths without regard for which powerbrokers, politicians, or political parties such reporting might offend.
Our journalism adheres to the highest editorial standards. All of our stories are subjected to rigorous fact checking and we provide our sourcing information whenever possible so that readers can independently review and verify our reporting.
We believe a functioning democracy requires a vibrant, reader-supported independent media, as an antidote to corporate media propaganda.
We believe fearless subscriber-supported journalism can force politicians and corporations to fulfill their promises. To paraphrase Archimedes: We believe that with a strong enough lever, we can help move the world.
Our Track Record
The Lever is operated by a small team — but we punch above our weight. Our reporting has appeared in major publications including The New York Times, ProPublica, The Guardian, Jacobin, and Rolling Stone, among others. Our efforts have shifted national conversations, spurred new policies, and led to real change.