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Past Event

How to Get Dirty and Dark Money Out of Democracy with Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu

The last five decades have seen the dramatic globalization of organized crime and corruption, now totaling trillions of dollars every year. Using the latest technology and the help of a “criminal services industry” — corrupt bankers, lawyers, accountants—criminal networks and the world’s most corrupt officials easily loot, launder, and hide stolen money for future use. This stolen, hidden money pours into the political process in the United States and countries around the world to advance agendas that do not serve voters, betraying the very premise of democracy. 

To fight this, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project co-founders Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu built a global network of investigative journalists that work just like the criminals do—collaborating across borders and using innovative technology.

Pulling from their two decades of follow-the-money investigative reporting, Sullivan and Radu will share how they’ve uncovered global dark money flows and how to institute effective solutions that track, expose, and curb this illicit finance that is so damaging to society.


Sullivan and Radu photo courtesy the speakers.

October 25, 2023

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Paul Radu

Co-founder and Chief of Innovation, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

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Drew Sullivan

Co-founder and Publisher, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

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In Conversation with Janine Zacharia

Carlos Kelly McClatchy Lecturer, Department of Communication, Stanford University