Anti-Obama nonprofit tells IRS it's not 'political'

By Michael Beckel

Meet the pro-coal group that spent millions attacking Obama while telling the IRS it wasn't engaged in candidate elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Koch":

"… or Prosperity, a nonprofit backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, who lead Koch Industries. And Politico reported last year that the Ameri …"

FACT CHECK: Fact or fiction?

By FactCheck.Org

FactCheck.org calls out some of the biggest poliical lies of the year

Excerpts from this story referencing "Business":

"… CCC Dials Wrong NumberJune 13Republican Whopper: Job-Killing ‘Small-Business’ TaxesFor years Republicans have been claiming that raising taxes on hig …"

"… ot the tax rate the owner pays on profits.Boehner’s Big Stretch on Small BusinessNov. 9Keith, Tamara. “GOP Objects To ‘Millionaires Surtax’; Millionai …"

FACT CHECK: Did Romney’s health care law kill jobs?

By FactCheck.Org

Perry campaign using statistics from a unverifiable conservative think tank, and using them often

Excerpts from this story referencing "Business":

"… and, Bill Vernon, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, said that small Businesses that are just under the coverage requirements …"

Campaign cash: The independent fundraising gold rush since 'Citizens United' ruling

By Peter H. Stone

For many powerful GOP operatives and allied fundraisers, the luncheon last April felt like one part reunion and one part strategy summit for

Excerpts from this story referencing "Paul Singer":

"… ach given $2 million to the group (and to a recently formed successor PAC).Paul Singer, the New York-based founder and CEO of the $17 billion hedge fund Elliott …"

Canada's about-face on climate

By William Marsden

Tar sands and a tough business lobby pull Ottawa far from Copenhagen

Greasing the skids of corruption

By Phillip van Niekerk and Laura Peterson

Money from multinational oil companies moves through labyrinths of international bank accounts, avoiding national budgets and banks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Amoco":

"… yrocketed in hot markets such as Angola. The $870 million bonus paid by BP-Amoco, TotalFinaElf and Exxon for the ultra-deepwater blocks 31, 32 and 33 in 19 …"

"… e its merger in 1999 with BP, the list of foreign issues that U.S. company Amoco regularly lobbied on surpassed energy or even environmental issues, normal …"

"… , normally the first priority of petroleum companies. For example, in 1998 Amoco lobbied on U.S. relations with Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, China, …"

Debit cards slam released prisoners with sky-high fees, few protections

By Amirah Al Idrus

Former prisoners say funds earned in prison eaten away by exorbitant debit card fees.

Excerpts from this story referencing "bank":

"… hoice: Many consumers who choose to use a prepaid card, often instead of a bank account, can shop around for the least costly option. Released inmates lik …"

"… against fraud, said Marty E. Moore, a Utah-based lawyer who represented a bank that issued prepaid cards given to inmates at Ramsey County Law Enforcemen …"

"… cording to former Ramsey County inmates who last year sued the county, the bank and Keefe Commissary Network, which provides the cards to the jail.   …"

12 things to know about who’s trying to influence your vote in 2014

By Ben Wieder, Kytja Weir, Reity O'Brien and Rachel Baye

If you watch TV you've seen an unbelievable number of political ads asking for your vote. Do you know who is paying for those ads, and why?

Marine Corps settles dispute with whistleblower

By Julia Harte

Scientific adviser Franz Gayl, whose protests forced the Corps to buy costly MRAPs, is appointed to a new commission on whistleblowers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "MRAP":

"… build costly Mine-Resistant, Armored-Protected vehicles, commonly known as MRAPs. Gayl was subsequently accused by the Marines of improperly placing a th …"

Who’s trying to influence your vote?

By Chris Zubak-Skees, Kytja Weir and Dave Levinthal

A guide to our political TV ad trackers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… to make it. And it only counts the ads once they air. Records filed at the Federal Communications Commission, for example, can show TV airtime that groups pay to reserve for the futur …"

Secret politics pervade popular companies

By Dave Levinthal

Some well-known brands keep their political spending secret while others are more forthcoming, new survey shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… ding to the Center for Responsive Politics.  Topping the list is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the nation's most notable political forces that, through Tuesday, …"

Congressman defends payday lending industry

By Daniel Wagner

Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., featured in Center investigation on the 'banking caucus.'

Manhattan just another island haven for dirty money

By Michael Hudson

Luxury Manhattan real estate has become a magnet for shady characters looking to funnel their wealth into the US.

Saving the penny makes cents for zinc-backed front group

By Erin Quinn

'Broad-based' group created to save the penny from extinction turns out to be backed by a company that supplies metal to make the coins.

Lawmakers complain about shoddy intelligence contractor database

By James Arkin

Frustrations are rising on Capitol Hill about the intelligence community’s failure to justify its widespread use of contractors.

Skyrocketing salaries for health insurance CEOs

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: soaring compensation, rising stock prices don't justify higher premiums.

Excerpts from this story referencing "UnitedHealth Group":

"… na, Centene, Cigna, Health Net, Humana, Molina, Triple-S Management Corp., UnitedHealth Group, Universal American, Wellcare, and WellPoint) nine saw their stocks close …"

How an island paradise became a haven for dirty money

By Michael Hudson and Matthew Shaer

Corruption-haunted Seychelles has risen from an idyllic island outpost to a magnet for money launderers and tax dodgers.

Charles Koch's long history of education funding

By Dave Levinthal

The conservative billionaire's massive grant to United Negro College Fund is nothing new.

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Duke University":

"… e into the “integrated study of philosophy, politics and economics” at Duke University and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. And philosophize about the …"

Comcast Foundation's giving to minority groups likely to aid approval of Time Warner buyout

By Jason McLure

Support of minority groups key to cable deal's approval, Comcast foundation has dealt out millions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Comcast":

"… that and you don’t look at the big picture.”       …"

"… l be garnering the support of prominent civil rights and minority groups. Comcast has already shown it can pull support from key minority groups — dozens …"

"… ations Commission, which must approve the buyout, while it was considering Comcast’s last mega-deal — its 2011 purchase of NBC/Universal. As tax data an …"

"… grity and the New York Times show, 55 such groups both accepted funds from Comcast’s corporate foundation between 2004 and 2012 and sent letters to the FCC …"

Netflix stacking deck on Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

'House of Cards' distributor is accelerating its own political efforts in Washington.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barbara Boxer":

"… politicos including President Barack Obama; Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; and former Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. Hastings also contribu …"

Corporate subsidy deals don’t always deliver

By Julie Patel

Popular business incentive programs can help politicians win favor with voters and companies.

Excerpts from this story referencing "the Boeing":

"… ent tax deal, received $58,718 in contributions for his 2012 campaign from the Boeing's political action commiteee and its employees — second most among …"

"… elected officials. A spokeswoman for Inslee said he has publicly defended the Boeing subsidy. “For every dollar we put into that, we’re going to get $3 ba …"

How ICIJ reported on China's offshore leaks

By The Center for Public Integrity

ICIJ reporter Marina Walker Guevara takes you behind the China leaks story.

Excerpts from this story referencing "China":

"… unique and unprecedented challenges encountered during this deep-dive into China's offshore economy:  The tight group of journalists gathering in Ho …"

"… d about the “historic” nature of the meeting: journalists from Greater China coming together to work on a highly sensitive investigation alongside coll …"

"… he meeting kicked off a six-month probe into the offshore holdings of China’s elite that the International Consortium of Investigative Jou …"

"… ask of sifting through thousands of secret financial records. The Greater China files are the largest segment of the 2.5 million leaked offshore records I …"

ICIJ offshore records reveal tax haven clients in China, Hong Kong

Files shed light on more than 20,000 tax haven clients from Hong Kong and mainland China.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… h with help from more than 50 reporting partners in Europe, North America, Asia and other regions. Since last April, ICIJ’s stories have triggered  …"

Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… 0 politically active nonprofits, from major trade associations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to pro-business alliances such as the Fix the Debt Coalition. Many such tr …"

"… s on this is in their self-interest.” Chamber backers revealed The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a vocal opponent of more robust corporate disclosure, was the most freque …"

"… s largest nuclear power plant operator, which contributed $250,000 to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2012, according to a company document. Exelon reported doling out $13. …"

"… oreover, three of the largest industry trade groups in the country — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers — …"

Top ICIJ investigations from 2013

By The Center for Public Integrity

In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite cross-border investigations from 2013.

Highlights of Offshore Leaks so far

By Kimberley Porteous and Emily Menkes

Highlights of ICIJ's offshore leaks investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… for offshore tax evasion,” as well as more than 200 UK accountants, lawyers and other middlemen who helped set up the offshore structures. A …"

"… know where the Virgin Islands  are located.”   Zurich-based law firm Lenz & Staehlin has aided some of Europe's richest …"

"… p;listed in the records, at least 30 are American citizens accused in lawsuits or criminal cases of fraud, money laundering or other serious financi …"

"… ffshore trusts and an offshore company.   A prominent Canadian lawyer, husband to a Liberal senator, moved CA$1.7 million (US$1.1 million) to …"

Negative ads make Peterson 'more inclined' to run

By Michael Beckel

Democratic lawmaker Collin Peterson says a secretive nonprofit's media blitz makes him more likely to seek re-election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Koch":

"… secretive, conservative nonprofit tied to billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch has commenced a media attack against Rep. Collin Peterson, the 12-ter …"

Shining a light on ALEC's power to shape policy

By Wendell Potter

Conservative group's power has been under-covered.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coca-Cola":

"… rs to as the “Prodigal Son Project” to woo back companies like Amazon, Coca-Cola, GE, Kraft and McDonald’s that have dropped their membership. Another …"

Center thankful for stellar reviews from charity watchdogs

By Bill Buzenberg

Nation's leading nonprofit evaluators give us accountability rankings to be thankful for.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Business":

"… tability. We’ve just been given the coveted certification by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. To get it, we’ve met the BBB’s rigoro …"

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