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Kenneth Paul Vogel (born 1975) is an American journalist. He was chief investigative reporter at Politico, since its founding in 2007.[1][2][3] In June 2017, he joined the Washington Bureau of The New York Times as a reporter covering conflicts of interest, lobbying, and money in politics.

Kenneth P. Vogel
Born (1975-08-09) August 9, 1975 (age 44)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison

Vogel is the author of Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp–on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics. Vogel's writing often focuses on money in politics.[4][5] As part of his work, he focuses on political fundraising with particular emphasis on the political activities of the Koch brothers.[6][7]

Early life and educationEdit

Vogel grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1]


Vogel has reported for The News Tribune in Tacoma, Washington, Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, The Journal Inquirer in Manchester, Connecticut, and the Center for Public Integrity. He joined Politico prior to its 2007 launch.

Vogel's book, Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp—on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics, was published in 2014 and received generally favorable reviews in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and the Financial Times.[8][9] [10][11][12]

In 2016, the WikiLeaks email interception revealed that Vogel had sent a draft of an investigative news article he authored about Hillary Clinton's fundraising with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) ahead of publication to a DNC official. Business Insider referred to Vogel's sharing of a pre-publication draft as "a break from typical journalistic ethics."[13] Yet the Washington Post's media critic Erik Wemple wrote that Vogel was “bringing the full weight of a Politico investigation to the DNC and the Clinton campaign, as if to say: We’ve got all this stuff on you. What say you?”[14] The article led Politifact to revise its rating of a claim that “the overwhelming amount” of money raised at a Clinton fundraiser would go to down-ballot Democrats; in light of Vogel’s reporting, the fact-checking organization changed its assessment from “Mostly True” to “Half True.”[15] Vogel’s articles have been named among the best investigative news stories on campaign finance.[16][17]

A November 8, 2019 Washington Post article co-authored by Philip Bump and Aaron Blake,"The full Trump-Ukraine timeline", mentions a Politico article by Vogel and co-author David Stern from January, 2017 reporting about Ukrainian officials helping allies of the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign to "research damaging information on Trump and his advisors". [18]


Vogel is married to Danielle Rosengarten, a former climate change legislation adviser to Joseph Lieberman. He is a son of Ruth S. Vogel and Morris J. Vogel of New York. His mother is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York. His father is the president of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.[19]


  • Vogel, Kenneth (June 3, 2014). Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp–on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics. PublicAffairs. ISBN 1610393392.


  1. ^ a b "Kenneth P. Vogel". Politico. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  2. ^ Kroll, Andy (June 3, 2014). "Obama to Donors: "I Might Be In a Very Strong Position" To Demand Constitutional Change on Money in Politics". Mother Jones. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  3. ^ "The Conversation: Obama Press Conference". ABC News. September 10, 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  4. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (June 9, 2014). "Q&A Kenneth Vogel on billionaires, politics and his book 'Big Money'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  5. ^ McLean, Bethany (June 4, 2014). "Review: 'Big Money,' on the role of the ultra-rich in American politics, by Kenneth Vogel". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  6. ^ Weigel, David (February 20, 2013). ""Our Goal of Advancing a Free and Prosperous America is Even More Difficult Than We Envisioned."". Slate. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  7. ^ Domenico Montanaro, Terence Burlij, Simone Pathe, and Rachel Wellford (May 9, 2014). "Koch group plans to spend $125 million on midterms". The Morning Line. PBS News Hour. Retrieved 11 December 2014.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Politico's Ken Vogel on Big Money in American Politics". Vice. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  9. ^ Kwak, James (July 3, 2014). "V.I.P. Room: 'Big Money,' by Kenneth P. Vogel". Sunday Book Review. New York Times. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  10. ^ Swaim, Barton (June 6, 2014). "Book Review: 'Sons of Wichita' by Daniel Schulman & 'Big Money' by Kenneth P. Vogel". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  11. ^ "'Big Money', by Kenneth Vogel". Financial Times. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Ogle like Vogel". The Economist. June 3, 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Leaked emails reveal Politico reporter made 'agreement' to send advanced Clinton story to DNC". Business Insider. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  14. ^ Wemple, Erik (25 July 2016). "Leave Politico's Ken Vogel alone". Washington Post. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Matt Taibbi on How DNC Leak Shows Mechanics of a Slanted Campaign". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  16. ^ Faturechi, Robert (22 December 2015). "The 10 Best 2015 Investigative Reports on Political Money". ProPublica. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Awards - Center for Public Integrity". Center for Public Integrity. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
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  19. ^ Mallozzi, Vincent (May 15, 2010). "Danielle Rosengarten, Kenneth Vogel". New York Times. Retrieved 11 December 2014.

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