Aaron Mehta

Staff Writer  The Center for Public Integrity

Aaron Mehta joined the Center in the summer of 2008. He primarily covers Money and Politics and National Security, but has also done stories touching on finance and the environment. A Boston area native, Mehta graduated from Tufts University in 2007. His stories have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, POLITICO, ABC News and other publications. He is currently a Paul Miller Reporting Fellow. 

Poet Shel Silverstein once noted that, “Some kind of help is the kind of help we all can do without.” While candidates targeted by independe

A reader in Denver alerted us to an ad that went up yesterday in Colorado by the NEA Advocacy Fund, blasting Republican Senate candidate Ken

It must be Ken Buck week here at You Report central. A reader in Colorado followed up yesterday’s post about an education group’s attack ad

A second Republican-allied group has unleashed an attack ad targeting Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington. The new ad criticizes Mur

Scores of Recovery Act opponents sought money out of public view

A reader in Harriman, N.Y. alerted us to a conservative independent group’s new TV ad urging the defeat of former pop musician and second-te

The Republican-affiliated American Action Network has unleashed a 30-second ad against freshman Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly, who represen

Word spread quickly Saturday that an Alaska journalist was detained by private security guards at a town hall event for Republican Joe Mille

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group with links to the billionaire co-owner of industrial giant Koch Industries, has launched an a

Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies (GPS), a conservative group that has poured millions of dollars into attack ads, is airing a new

Earlier this month in Orlando, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled a $1.56 million grant to install energy-effici

A Des Moines TV station is refusing to air an attack ad against Republican Sen. Charles Grassley created by two liberal groups unless they c

More than 20 years ago, a Ridley Scott-directed ad warned of possible “Deficit Trials” in 2017. The controversial spot, paid for by W.R. Gr

While much of our focus has been independent groups with millions of dollars to invest in campaign ads, today we note a relatively cheap “ro

A Skamokawa, Wash., reader alerted us to a statewide robocall by American Crossroads, a conservative group flush with cash that opposes the

A reader in Portland, Ore. alerted us to a new American Action Network ad that accuses freshman Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader of stripping t

Energy secretary visits Google to talk green energy

As the Obama cabinet fans out for official appearances before Nov. 2, its sole Nobel laureate stopped by Silicon Valley to talk up green tec

The story of this election is the role of outside money. Undisclosed donations have provided millions of dollars for independent expenditure

While much attention has focused on attack ads aired by the new, well-funded 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) groups in this election, other big inde

In his quest for West Virginia’s Senate seat, Republican John Raese frequently attacks “professional politicians’ out-of-control spending sp

Not all independent expenditures come in the form of a slick television ad. Two small independent groups are using relatively inexpensive ce

If the story of this election is the rise of outside spending, the lesson we at You Report Election 2010 learned is that following the money

“I am the business community.” So declared John Boehner in a September interview with CNN, and his campaign contribution track record bears

John Mica, the brother of former Democratic Rep. Dan Mica, was elected to the U.S. House as a Republican in 1992 representing Florida’s 7th

A longtime conservative from Texas, Rep. Joe Barton rocketed onto the national spotlight by famously apologizing to BP during a June hearing

A former Marine helicopter pilot, John Kline has represented Minnesota’s 2nd district since 2003. His 25 years in the military included a st

Two weeks ago, The Center for Public Integrity released an investigative story looking at Congressional lawmakers who publicly denounced the

Fresh off his unanimous re-election by Senate Democrats to be Majority Leader for the 112th Congress, Nevada’s Harry Reid has promoted aide

National Academy releases interim report on Deepwater Horizon

The National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council have just released preliminary findings on what caused the explosion a

A day after Senate Democrats and Republicans voted to keep their leadership in place for the third straight Congress, House Democrats and Re

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