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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… d Friday that the American Energy Alliance received $15,000 last year from Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, w …"

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 "George Soros":

"… er claim — circulated by gun fanciers –  that liberal billionaire George Soros was behind an investment company that has been buying many companies that …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… lespie. The powerful pair had teamed up earlier in the year to help launch American Crossroads, a non-profit group with separate political advocacy and grassroots lobbyi …"

"… ; Steven Law, a former general counsel at the Chamber and the president of American Crossroads; and Greg Casey, the president of the Business Industry Political Action C …"

"… the year, having raised millions of dollars to jumpstart the fledgling 527 American Crossroads and its 501(c)(4) affiliate, Crossroads GPS.These independent GOP allies r …"

"… on effort that launched last year.Rove and Gillespie lead money charge for American CrossroadsAn affiliate group of American Crossroads is perhaps the most prominent and …"

Canada's about-face on climate

By William Marsden

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers":

"… onal oil patch stance of “bitch, moan and whine” as represented by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.“They want to work with environmentalists to find a solution,” Rudolph …"

"… maintains a foothold in both camps. It is still part of the hard-line Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), which has lobbied heavily to undermine climate change legisla …"

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 "Colin Powell":

"… Angolan government forces. Though diners whispered that Secretary of State Colin Powell had warned Dos Santos that his last excuse for funneling money away from t …"

"… rush toward African oil has only picked up speed: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell toured Angola and Gabon in September, breaking ground on a new U.S. embass …"

Tell us about your experience with political ads

By The Center for Public Integrity

Americans saw more than 2 million TV ads during Election 2014 — did you find them to be informative?

Prison banker cuts fees after Center report

By Daniel Wagner

A prison financial services company cut the fees it charges inmates' families after Center report on high costs.

The meanest U.S. Senate races of all

By Chris Kirk and Dave Levinthal

Many of the nation's most competitive U.S. races featured the most negative political advertising.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ps ran more than 1 million TV ads to influence those races, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of data from Kantar Media/CMAG, an advertising tracking firm. Ab …"

"… ack ads that aired were political ads. The following graphic, courtesy of Center for Public Integrity partner Slate, tells the story:   …"

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 "lawyer":

"… start their lives. Inmate release cards have drawn criticism from consumer lawyers and faced litigation in at least two states. One county in Arkansas agre …"

"… rs. The cards also guard against fraud, said Marty E. Moore, a Utah-based lawyer who represented a bank that issued prepaid cards given to inmates at Ramse …"

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?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… king for your vote. Do you know who is paying for those ads, and why? The Center for Public Integrity is trying answer this question, by investigating who is trying to influenc …"

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.

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 Election Commission":

"… ndidate but don’t overtly call for the candidate’s election or defeat. Federal Election Commission records only capture ads containing overt advocacy, with the exception of …"

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 "energy":

"… d at least 60 points out of a possible 70. Other top scorers included energy company Exelon Corp., tech giant Microsoft Corp. and tobacco company Altri …"

Congressman defends payday lending industry

By Daniel Wagner

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "House":

"… r the Underserved.” The Center identified Meeks, Stivers and nine other House members as the financial industry’s go-to lawmakers on the Financial Ser …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ethics":

"… d Melanie Sloan, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit watchdog group. Sloan also believes the number …"

"… e deception easier, said George Johnson, chairman of the PRSA’s Board of Ethics and Professional Standards. “As a new form of communication, a new set …"

"… new opportunities and new problems,” Johnson said. The PRSA’s Code of Ethics includes an entire section dedicated to disclosure of information. The cod …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government":

"… ted recently that the number of core contractor personnel is dropping, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a report early this year that the data …"

"… over at a hearing June 18 by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. Although members have complained for years about the outsourcing, …"

"… that reports to Congress. Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project on Government Oversight, a nonprofit watchdog group, said “I think this is highlightin …"

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 "Humana":

"… time last year. Of those 11 companies (Aetna, Centene, Cigna, Health Net, Humana, Molina, Triple-S Management Corp., UnitedHealth Group, Universal American …"

"… ks close near 52-week highs this past Friday. The biggest gainer has been Humana, one of the largest operators of Medicare Advantage plans, whose share pri …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Africa":

"… ll story on ICIJ.org.    …"

"… ould-be customers weren’t actually emissaries for a corrupt middleman in Africa. They were undercover journalists running a hidden-camera sting for an Al …"

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 "Virginia":

"… niversities, including big-name schools such as George Mason University in Virginia, Southern Methodist University in Texas, West Virginia University, Florida …"

"… Mason University in Virginia, Southern Methodist University in Texas, West Virginia University, Florida State University, Utah State University, Kansas State …"

"… nt for “general operating support” to Donors Trust, a tax-exempt, Virginia-based charity that in turn funds pro-free market think tanks throughout th …"

"… Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas ($626,000), the Bill of Rights Institute of Virginia ($246,000), the Kansas State University Foundation ($149,000) and the Gild …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… upported Comcast’s acquisitions. In 2010, the Latino Business Chamber of Los Angeles wrote to the FCC to oppose Comcast’s acquisition of NBC/Universal, citin …"

"… light of the creation of a new Time Warner cable channel for the Los Angeles Dodgers that could increase cable rates $5 per month. As for Hispanic grou …"

Netflix stacking deck on Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

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

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 "Washington":

"… panies that bankroll campaigns and with voters for promises of jobs. Take Washington, which successfully clinched a deal to have Boeing build its planned 777X …"

"… nd two of the top three state subsidies over time have gone to Boeing from Washington. Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat who pushed for the recent tax deal, received …"

"… nd their employees, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Washington State Public Disclosure Commission’s online campaign finance records. T …"

"… yments in 2012, according to an economic impact study commissioned by Washington Aerospace Partnership, a coalition of business and labor groups and electe …"

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.

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 "China":

"… get updates from the "Secrecy for Sale" investigation. …"

"… his son-in-law. Nearly 22,000 offshore clients with addresses in mainland China and Hong Kong appear in the files obtained by the International Conso …"

"… ernational Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Among them are some of China’s most powerful men and women — including at least 15 of China’s ric …"

"… some of China’s most powerful men and women — including at least 15 of China’s richest, members of the National People’s Congress and executives fr …"

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 "Medicare":

"… the Fix the Debt Coalition calls for dramatic reforms to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the U.S. tax code — positions that might be objectionable …"

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 "Europe":

"… for his unpaid fine of 167.2 billion won ($149.3 million).   One of Europe’s top bankers offered his resignation one day after news broke that he s …"

"… Zurich-based law firm Lenz & Staehlin has aided some of Europe's richest families park their wealth offshore. “People don’t set …"

"… ne Zurich-based law firm, Lenz & Staehlin, has aided some of Europe's richest families park their wealth offshore. “People don’t set …"

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