Sarah Kleiner

Federal Politics Reporter  The Center for Public Integrity

Sarah Kleiner joined the Center for Public Integrity’s federal politics team in 2017. During her 13-year journalism career, Kleiner has reported on a range of topics: state politics, city government, education, mental health, criminal justice, real estate and financial services. Her work has won numerous awards — most recently, the 2016 Virginia Press Association Journalistic Integrity and Community Service award for her investigation into the death of a mentally ill jail inmate. In 2015, as a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia, Kleiner’s series about the lasting effects of toxic Chinese drywall received top awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and she was a runner-up in the 2015 Best American Newspaper Narrative Contest. Kleiner also wrote last decade for two Texas newspapers: the Abilene Reporter-News and the Midland Reporter-Telegram. In May 2011, Sarah was inducted into the E.W. Scripps Hall of Fame for her reporting in Abilene. A native Texan, Kleiner graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with a degree in journalism. She has two lovely children.

From secretive super PACs to Jenny Craig, 2018 primaries awash in cash

U.S. senator, four congressional candidates say they’ll reject embattled veterans PAC’s cash

By Sarah Kleiner

New York attorney general investigating Virginia-based veterans charity

By Sarah Kleiner

John Bolton’s super PAC faces heightened scrutiny over ties to Cambridge Analytica

By Sarah Kleiner

Tom Steyer: billionaire political megadonor for the people?

By Sarah Kleiner

State and federal officials accuse veterans nonprofit of misleading donors

By Sarah Kleiner

Leader of Put Vets First! PAC prioritizes telemarketers and himself

By Sarah Kleiner

High-profile charities distance themselves from telemarketer following federal allegations

By Sarah Kleiner

Telemarketer for conservative causes pays $250,000 fine

By Sarah Kleiner

Watchdog dings veterans charities after Center for Public Integrity investigation

By Sarah Kleiner

By the numbers: a 2017 money-in-politics index

Veterans charity raises millions to help those who’ve served. But telemarketers are pocketing most of it

By Sarah Kleiner

Charities employ controversial telemarketers to tug on heartstrings — and loosen purse strings

By Sarah Kleiner

Democrats say ‘Citizens United’ should die. Here’s why that won’t happen.

By Sarah Kleiner

House Ethics Committee scolds, doesn't punish Roger Williams

By Sarah Kleiner