Creating the ideal of what Washington could be

Good journalism and analysis aren’t just about bringing the most important stories to light and holding the powerful to account. They’re also about creating the ideal of what government can and should be. Policymaking is and has always been a messy and often ugly business; a fair and free press is crucial for keeping it as clean as possible.

That’s what the Washington Monthly has spent over half a century doing: helping disinfect the morass of the policy sausage factory so that the public and policymakers can make better decisions for the right reasons. Ideally, good journalism and analysis should serve to create a more perfect union and help make Washington work that we all know it can in a more perfect world.

Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of big corporate sponsors lining up to support that agenda. Big money tends to like the darkness of secrecy, and the unclarified fog of partisan war.

That’s why we need your help. If we’re going to continue to provide quality reporting and analysis, we’re going to need help from the people who benefit from it most.

Please make your contribution today to keep the sunlight shining.

David Atkins

David Atkins is a writer, activist and research professional living in Santa Barbara. He is a contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal and president of The Pollux Group, a qualitative research firm.