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Director of NLPC’s Government Integrity Project
Organization: National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC)
Tom Anderson is director of NLPC’s Government Integrity Project.
His ability to uncover corrupt relationships has meant prison for a parade of corrupt New York politicians. Moreover, his research was the basis for part of the bribery indictment against Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ).
A Florida resident, Tom began his career as a manager at the department store giant Bloomingdale’s. He never dreamed that only a few short years later his job would include putting people in jail.
Tom also began his own blog about politics, which included posts on the travails of then-Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), who would resign as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and eventually would be censured by the House as a result of NLPC exposés.
Catching the attention of then-NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm, Tom was hired as a part-time researcher, and by early 2009, was hired full-time. He immediately demonstrated his talent for sniffing out corruption.
Tom graduated from a wheelchair to crutches to a cane, eventually turning up at the campaign office of Allen West, a candidate for Congress in 2008. Tom was pressed into service as a researcher, and stood in for Ron Klein, West’s opponent, in practice debates.