Louisiana tightens its ethics standards

By Sarah Laskow

Louisiana overhauls its standards for financial form disclosure

Ratio of lobbyists to legislators 2006

By The Center for Public Integrity

The total number of lobbyists as compared to the number of legislators

Influence: A booming business

By Leah Rush

Record $1.3 billion spent to lobby state government

Network of 900 advisory panels wields unseen power

By Jim Morris and Alejandra Fernández Morera

Concerns raised about secrecy, industry influence and political interference

Radiation panel fairness questioned

Ailing Cold War veterans say compensation program biased


This study surveyed how effectively states monitor and enforce ethics and disclosure provisions among state legislatures

With change on the horizon, privately funded travel plummets

By Robert Brodsky

Trips by lawmakers and staffers decline by nearly 50 percent, recent data show

State lobbying becomes billion-dollar business

By Sarah Laskow

At least a dozen states revise laws in 2006

It's all relative

By Elspeth Reeve

State lobby corps includes legislator spouses, offspring

From lobbyist to legislator

By Nadine Elsibai

Former professional advocates take on role of lawmaker

Statehouse revolvers

By Kevin Bogardus

Study finds more than 1,300 ex-legislators among 2005 state lobbying ranks

Center posts state legislators' personal financial disclosure

By Sarah Laskow

Depending on where you live, the personal finance disclosure statements of your state legislators may be easy, or difficult to find.

A gateway to Brazil

By Kevin Bogardus

Telecom firm linked to Jefferson bribe probe helped pay for his, others' travel

Drug makers' dime funds Congressional travel

By Robert Brodsky

Pharmaceutical companies, affiliated trade groups spent more than $600,000 on trips

A vacation from the rules

By Anupama Narayanswamy

Some disclosure filings sketchy on details, tardy despite ethics oversight

Sponsors' gifts present a problem

By Adela Maskova

Travelers took goods, services valued above $50 limit as part of expenses

Family trips

By Marina Walker Guevara

House rules on travel companions were skirted — then loosened

Poor form on Senate guest disclosure

By Robert Brodsky

Travelers' filing doesn't require companion names or expense details

Unregistered advocates?

By Anupama Narayanswamy and Alex Knott

Influential groups sponsoring $20 million in travel not registered to lobby

To Panama and Back

By Kevin Bogardus

Contractor implicated in Cunningham bribery scandal sponsored 2000 trip for aide

Abramoff travel ties

By Anupama Narayanswamy and Alex Knott

Disgraced lobbyist's firm, clients sponsored more than a dozen congressional trips

Ethics Committee members, staff among the well-traveled

By Robert Brodsky

House legislators mulling rules and their aides took about $1 million in trips

Flouting the rule on lobbyist-paid travel

By Robert Brodsky

Review finds at least 90 apparent ethics violations

Reactions and responses

A selection of comments and questions regarding Power Trips

Lobbyists tag along on civil rights tour

By Marina Walker Guevara

Alabama pilgrimage also provides chance to mingle with lawmakers

So much travel in so little time

By Robert Brodsky

Former DeLay staffer racked up $85,000 in travel in 26 months

Privately sponsored trips hot tickets on Capitol Hill

By Jim Morris

Study finds almost $50 million spent on travel for lawmakers, aides

'Top Gun' of travel

By Steve Henn and Robert Brodsky

Spy plane's maker spent roughly $660,000, targeted legislators' aides

Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know about the basics of Congress' publicly funded travel

Methodology, the team for Power Trips

A look into how the Center reported on the Power Trips project