Politico, known originally as The Politico, is an American political journalism company based in Arlington County, Virginia, that covers politics and policy in the United States and internationally. It distributes content through its website, television, printed newspapers, radio, and podcasts. Its coverage in Washington, D.C., includes the U.S. Congress, lobbying, the media and the presidency.[3]

IndustryNews media
FoundedJanuary 23, 2007 (as The Politico)
Key people
Robert L. Allbritton (executive chairman)[1]
Joyce Lui (CFO)[1]
John F. Harris (publisher & editor-in-chief)[1]
Carrie Budoff Brown (editor)
Poppy MacDonald (President, US)[1] Bobby Moran (CRO)
ProductsPolitico (newspaper)
Politico Magazine (bimonthly magazine)
Politico.com (website)
Politico Europe (newspaper)
Politico.eu (website)
OwnerCapitol News Company
Number of employees
500 (2017)[2]


Origins, style, and growth

John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei left The Washington Post to become Politico's editor-in-chief and executive editor, respectively. With the financial backing of Robert L. Allbritton, the pair launched the website on January 23, 2007.[4][5] Their first hire was Mike Allen, a writer for Time,[6] and Frederick J. Ryan Jr. served as its first president and chief executive officer.[7]

From the beginning, journalists covering political campaigns for Politico carried a video camera to each assignment,[8] and they were encouraged to promote their work elsewhere.[9] By 2008, Politico received more than three million unique visits per month.[10]

In September 2008, The New York Times reported that Politico would expand its operations following the 2008 presidential election: "[A]fter Election Day, [Politico] will add reporters, editors, Web engineers and other employees; expand circulation of its newspaper edition in Washington; and print more often."[11] Between the 2008 and 2012 elections, Politico's staff more than tripled in size.[12] Notable additions included two political commentators, Michael Kinsley and Joe Scarborough, as opinion writers.[13]

In 2009 the web pages shortened their name from The Politico to more simply just Politico.

In 2011, Politico began to focus more on long-form journalism and news analysis.[4][14] This shift in coverage received further support in June 2013 with the hiring of Susan Glasser to oversee "opinion from prominent outside voices" and "long-form storytelling."[15] In September 2014, Glasser was tapped to serve as Politico's new editor, following the resignation of Richard Berke the previous month.[16]

VandeHei was named Politico's new chief executive in October 2013.[17] Under his leadership, Politico continued to grow: in 2014 alone, it expanded revenues by 25%.[18] By 2016, Politico had nearly 500 employees worldwide.[19]

Amidst reports of tensions, VandeHei and Allen announced that they would leave Politico after the 2016 presidential election.[4][20] Allbritton was named as CEO in Vandehei's stead.[20] In April 2017, Politico announced that investment banker Patrick Steel would succeed as Allbritton as CEO, effective May 8.[21]

Politico Playbook

On June 25, 2007,[22] Mike Allen launched Playbook, a daily early-morning email newsletter.[23][24] Within a few years, the newspaper had attained a large readership amongst members of the D.C. community.[6] By 2016, over 100,000 people – including "insiders, outsiders, lobbyists and journalists, governors, senators, presidents and would-be presidents" – read Playbook daily.[25] Multiple commentators credit Allen and Playbook with strongly influencing the substance and tone of the rest of the national political news cycle.[6][25][26]

Daniel Lippman joined Politico in June 2014, in large part to assist Allen with Playbook.[27] Upon Allen's departure in July 2016, Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman joined Lippman to assume Playbook-writing duties.[28] In March 2017, Politico announced the creation of a second, mid-day edition of Playbook – entitled "Playbook Power Briefing" – written by the same people who authored the morning edition.[29]

As of 2017, a weekly sponsorship of Playbook costs between $50,000 and $60,000.[30][31]

Politico Pro

Politico Pro launched in 2010.[32] With roughly 100 reporters at its disposal, Politico Pro provides in-depth coverage of over a dozen major topic areas.[32][33] The service charges its readers by topic area, with the costs running well over $1,000 per topic per year.[24][32] Despite the paywall in place, Politico Pro has a 93% subscription renewal rate, and it provides one fourth of Politico's overall revenue.[4][24] Access to the main site and the Playbook remained free of charge.[32]

Politico Magazine

The Politico Frontpage 2007-02-15
The Politico, February 15, 2007

In November 2013, Politico launched Politico Magazine (ISSN 2381-1595), which is published online and bimonthly in print.[34][35] In contrast to Politico's focus on "politics and policy scoops" and breaking news, Politico Magazine focuses on "high-impact, magazine-style reporting", such as long-form journalism.[34][36] The first editor of Politico Magazine was Susan Glasser, who came to the publication from Foreign Policy magazine.[15][36][37]

After Glasser was promoted to become Politico's editor, Garrett Graff was named as editor, followed by Stephen Heuser. In December 2016, Blake Hounshell was named the new editor-in-chief of the magazine.[38]

Along with a targeted free audience of roughly 30,000 readers, Politico Magazine is available via subscription for $200 per year.[39] Content from Politico Magazine is also accessible online.[40]

State editions

In September 2013, Politico acquired the online news site Capital New York, which also operated separate departments covering Florida and New Jersey.[41] In April 2015, Politico announced its intention to rebrand the state feeds with the Politico name (Politico Florida, Politico New Jersey, and Politico New York) to expand its coverage of state politics.[42] In September 2018, Politico announced it would launch Politico California Pro[43].

Global expansion

In September 2014, Politico formed a joint venture with German publisher Axel Springer SE to launch its European edition, based in Brussels.[44] In December 2014, the joint venture announced its acquisition of Development Institute International, a leading French events content provider, and European Voice, a European political newspaper, to be re-launched under the Politico brand. Former Wall Street Journal editorial board member Matthew Kaminski is the executive editor of the European edition.[45][46] Politico Europe debuted in print on April 23, 2015.[47]

Website redesign

On March 27, 2018, Politico revealed that it had redesigned its website for the first time since 2014.[48] Changes included a redesigned and more mobile-friendly home page, a different typeface (with Din replacing Proxima Nova), and a new "Quick Pops" feed of breaking news stories.[48][49]


Politico editor Michael Hirsh resigned in November 2016 after publishing the home address of white nationalist Richard B. Spencer on Facebook.[50][51]

Politico Magazine published an article in April 2017 purporting to show long-term links between U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Jewish outreach organization Chabad-Lubavitch.[52] The article was widely condemned, with the head of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, saying that it "evokes age-old myths about Jews".[53][54][55]

Cambridge Analytica micro-targeted pro-Trump and anti-Clinton with native advertising and sponsored or branded content on Politico.[56][57][58]

Distribution and content

As of 2017, Politico averaged 26 million unique visitors a month to its American website, and more than 1.5 million unique visitors to its European site.[59]

The print newspaper has a circulation of approximately 32,000, distributed for free in Washington, D.C. and Manhattan.[60] The newspaper prints up to five issues a week while Congress is in session and sometimes publishes one issue a week when Congress is in recess.[61] It carries advertising, including full-page ads from trade associations and a large help-wanted section listing Washington political jobs.

Politico is a partner with several news outlets that co-report and distribute its video, print and audio content. Partners include CBS News,[62] Allbritton Communications's ABC station WJLA and cable channel NewsChannel 8,[8] radio station WTOP-FM,[9] and Yahoo! News election coverage.

Ideology and influence

In a 2007 opinion piece, progressive watchdog group Media Matters for America accused Politico of having a "Republican tilt".[63] In contrast, in 2011 politically conservative The Daily Caller declaimed Politico as having a pronounced liberal bias.[64] A 2012 study found that the percentage of Politico readers that identify as Democrats—29%—is equal to that which identifies as Republicans.[65]

Multiple commentators have credited Politico's original organizational philosophy—namely, prioritizing scoops and publishing large quantities of stories—with forcing other, more-established publications to make a number of changes, such as increasing their pace of production and changing their tone.[4][30][6][66][67]

Among the journalists who have worked for Politico are the following:


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Paul Manafort

Paul John Manafort Jr. (; born April 1, 1949) is an American lobbyist, political consultant, former lawyer, and convicted felon. A long time Republican Party campaign consultant, he joined Donald Trump's presidential campaign team in March 2016, and was campaign chairman from June to August 2016. He was convicted of tax and bank fraud in 2018 and forfeited his license to practice law in January 2019.Manafort has served as an adviser to the U.S. presidential campaigns of Republicans Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bob Dole. In 1980, he co-founded the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm Black, Manafort & Stone, along with principals Charles R. Black Jr., and Roger J. Stone, joined by Peter G. Kelly in 1984. Manafort often lobbied on behalf of foreign leaders such as former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, former dictator of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos, former dictator of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko, and Angolan guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi. Lobbying to serve the interests of foreign governments requires registration with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA); on June 27, 2017, he retroactively registered as a foreign agent. On October 27, 2017, Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates were indicted in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on multiple charges arising from his consulting work for the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine before Yanukovych's overthrow in 2014. The indictment had been requested by Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation. In June 2018, additional charges were filed against Manafort for obstruction of justice and witness tampering that are alleged to have occurred while he was under house arrest, and he was ordered to jail.Manafort was prosecuted in two federal courts. In the Eastern District of Virginia, in August 2018, Manafort was convicted on eight charges of tax and bank fraud. A mistrial was declared on ten other charges, though he later admitted to them. In the DC District Court, Manafort pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and witness tampering, while agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors. On November 26, 2018, Robert Mueller reported that Manafort violated his plea deal by repeatedly lying to investigators, and on February 13, 2019, DC District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson concurred, voiding the plea deal. Mueller advised the Virginia court that sentencing guidelines call for Manafort to serve 19 and a half years to 24 years in prison. On March 7, 2019, Judge T.S. Ellis, calling the Mueller applicable sentencing guideline "excessive", sentenced Manafort to 47 months in prison. On March 13, 2019, Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the D.C. Circuit Court sentenced Manafort to an additional 43 months in prison. Minutes after his sentencing, New York state prosecutors charged Manafort with sixteen state felonies.

Political Movement for Social Security

The Political Movement for Social Security (Movimiento Político por la Seguridad Social) is a progressive political party in Colombia.

At the last legislative elections, 10 March 2002, the party won as one of the many small parties parliamentary representation.

Politico-Military Group

The Politico-Military Group (PMG) is a body of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CFSP) of the European Union (EU) that carries out preparatory work for the Political and Security Committee (PSC). It covers the political aspects of EU military and civil-military issues, including concepts, capabilities and operations and missions.

Politico Europe

POLITICO Europe is the European edition of the American news organization Politico reporting on the European Union. Its headquarters are located in Brussels with additional offices in London, Berlin, Warsaw, Paris, and Frankfurt.In September 2014, Politico formed a joint venture with German publisher Axel Springer SE to launch its European edition. In December 2014, the joint venture announced its acquisition of Development Institute International, a leading French conference business, and European Voice, a European political newspaper previously part of the Economist Group, to be relaunched under the Politico brand. Among the participants of the launch event on April 21, 2015, was President of the European Council Donald Tusk and then President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.POLITICO Europe debuted with its first print issue two days later, on April 23, 2015.The main sources of revenue are advertising, event sponsorship and paid subscriptions with nearly half coming from the subscription business.In June 2018, the second year in a row, the annual ComRes/Burson-Marsteller survey among EU experts named POLITICO Europe as the most influential publication on European affairs. Despite its relative newness to the Brussels media landscape, POLITICO Europe has ranked above established publications such as the Financial Times, The Economist, BBC and the Wall Street Journal as well as Twitter and Facebook.

Rocky De La Fuente 2016 presidential campaign

Rocky De La Fuente ran a third-party campaign for the presidency of the United States in the 2016 election. De La Fuente had sought the Democratic Party's nomination during their presidential primaries. De La Fuente did not win any delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, but he came in 3rd by total votes received. De La Fuente founded the American Delta Party, and ran as its presidential nominee with running mate Michael Steinberg. He was also nominated as the presidential nominee of the Reform Party which has ballot access in Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Social Democratic Party (Mexico)

The Social Democratic Party (Spanish: Partido Socialdemócrata, PSD) was a short-lived Mexican political party.

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