Nicholas Kusnetz

Project Manager and Reporter  The Center for Public Integrity

Nicholas Kusnetz writes about accountability and corruption in state government and runs the Center's State Integrity Investigation, which was a 2013 finalist for Harvard's Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. His stories have examined state lawmakers who moonlight as lobbyists, the influence of oil companies in North Dakota and the nationwide debate over arming school staff. Several pieces detailed how corporate interests have sought to influence national policy through the states, including a shadowy push by insurance agents and brokers to pass state laws that restricted federal health care reform. Before joining the Center, Kusnetz was a Reporting Fellow at ProPublica, where he covered fracking. He's written about energy, the environment and politics for Bloomberg Businessweek, The Nation, High Country News and other publications. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

Virginia's new ethics legislation would close some loopholes, skip others

By Nicholas Kusnetz

New York lawmakers pass ethics legislation, but critics say the measure falls short

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Governor's resignation highlights issues raised by Center probe

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Obama administration to open Atlantic coast to drilling, handing victory to governors group

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Complaint against New York Speaker highlights issues raised by Center project

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Governors and oil industry work hand in hand in offshore drilling group

By Nicholas Kusnetz

McAuliffe names panel to reform Virginia’s ethics laws

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Energy influence in North Dakota is expanding — so what?

By Nicholas Kusnetz and Jared Bennett

How oil and gas firms gained influence and transformed North Dakota

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

For problem gamblers, a powerful online rush 'like any drug addict feels'

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Feds strike back at state laws regulating Obamacare 'navigators'

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Virginia's move toward ethics reform leaves many unimpressed

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Cuomo calls for ethics reform in New York

By Nicholas Kusnetz

McAuliffe takes step toward reform in Virginia

By Nicholas Kusnetz

A year after Newtown, searching for answers in the nation’s schools

By Nicholas Kusnetz

State pro-business organizations are publicly funded, but privately controlled

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Who funds the shadowy nonprofit behind Arizona’s economic development initiatives?

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Feeling political heat, some 'navigators' are declining funds to help with health care rollout

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Obamacare's hidden battle: insurance agents push state regulation of guides to new marketplaces

By Nicholas Kusnetz

State legislators' ties to nonprofit groups prove fertile ground for corruption

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Time runs out on ethics reform in South Carolina

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Texas passes ethics bill, but many proposed reforms are left on the cutting room floor

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Controversy ensnaring governor raises new questions about Virginia laws

By Nicholas Kusnetz

IMPACT: Georgia governor signs bills limiting gifts from lobbyists

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Florida enacts ethics and campaign finance package

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Corruption case further sullies Albany's reputation

By Nicholas Kusnetz

'State Integrity Investigation' has blockbuster first year

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Conflicts of interest run rampant in state legislatures

By Nicholas Kusnetz

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