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Mike Tanglis

Research Director

Mike Tanglis is the research director in Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division. Mike has authored and co-authored numerous reports on corruption, money and politics, worker safety, consumer protection and more. His work has exposed conflicts of interest, shined a light on efforts by those who put profits over safety and spurred legislation to combat pay-to-play politics. Mike was featured in CNN’s documentary, The Trump Family Business, discussing his report mapping the complex business empire of President Trump.

Prior to joining Public Citizen, Mike worked as an analyst at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in the Fair Housing & Community Development Project, focusing on fraud in the foreclosure relief industry that ran rampant in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. He tracked more than $100 million in foreclosure rescue scam complaints and produced in-depth investigative reports exposing elaborate fraud networks across the country. His work led to multiple lawsuits by both private and government entities, one of which resulted in one of the largest monetary awards related to a foreclosure rescue fraud scheme.

Media Appearances:

Mike’s work and commentary have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, CNN, Bloomberg, among other media.

Selected Reports:


Mick Mulvaney’s Mission: Sacrifice Public Protections on the Altar of Deregulation, Salon (Dec. 3, 2017)

Trump’s Tax Cut is a Big Payday for his Family: Heirs Stand to Save $600 Million, Salon (Nov. 4, 2017)

Trump Inc: Inside the President’s Not-So-Blind Trust, Salon (Sept. 10, 2017)

Seven Years Later, the Foundation of Citizens United is in Ruins, Huffington Post (March 17, 2017)

Beware the Midnight Rule Boogeyman, The Detroit News (Aug. 9, 2016) (co-authored with Taylor Lincoln)