Robert joined the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) in August 2011 as the outside spending and PACs researcher. In 2012, he started CRP’s "Politically Active Nonprofits" project, which tracks the financial networks of "dark money" groups, mainly 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) organizations. In 2014, he won, with colleague Viveca Novak, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Online Journalism for a series of stories published on OpenSecrets blog. Robert has a Masters in US foreign policy from American University. Before coming to Washington, DC, he lived, studied and worked for several years in France and Taiwan, traveling extensively in Europe and Asia. He is originally from Charleston, South Carolina.