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.

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 "Business":

"… the president of American Crossroads; and Greg Casey, the president of the Business Industry Political Action Committee which aims to spend $6 million this ye …"

"… to do a “blend of issue ads and direct advocacy.”The Washington-based Business Industry Political Action Committee, or BIPAC, doesn’t have as much cash …"

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

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

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

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 "Business":

"… spanic groups have supported Comcast’s acquisitions. In 2010, the Latino Business Chamber of Los Angeles wrote to the FCC to oppose Comcast’s acquisition …"

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.

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.

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 "Business":

"… industry trade groups in the country — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers — penned a lett …"

"… nbsp;was signed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue, Business Roundtable President John Engler and National Association of Manufacturers …"

"… orporations from the policy playing field altogether.” Why the secrecy? Businesses have an incentive to keep their political donations secret — despite t …"

"… utives serve on its “CEO steering committee,” “CEO Council” and “Business Leaders Council.” During its initial year, the Fix the Debt Coalition&n …"

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.

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.

Shining a light on ALEC's power to shape policy

By Wendell Potter

Conservative group's power has been under-covered.

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 …"

Push against offshore secrecy an uphill battle

By Michael Hudson

Big players are taking unprecedented steps to stop offshore abuses, but financial crime fighters worry reforms don’t go far enough.

American League of Lobbyists changes name

By Dave Levinthal

The American League of Lobbyists will now go by Association of Government Relations Professionals.

Business groups assail political transparency

By Dave Levinthal

Letter from U.S. Chamber, others charge Center for Political Accountability with laying 'disclosure trap' for corporations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Business":

"… which is signed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue, Business Roundtable President John Engler and National Association of Manufacturers …"

"… ity and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School's Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research. Index publisher Bruce Freed, the president of the Center …"

Arms export rules relaxed

By Rebecca LaFlure

A stream of military equipment exports will soon bypass State Department scrutiny

Obama campaign pocketed Ponzi schemer cash

By Alison Fitzgerald

Obama's campaign — and 38 others — have not returned political money from Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford

CVS backs Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's NERD Fund

By Michael Beckel

Pharmacy chain's donation to Michigan governor's group offers a rare glimpse into the funding of politically active nonprofits.

Majority of funds recovered in Stanford Ponzi scheme spent by receiver

By Lauren Kyger and Alison Fitzgerald

Lawyer recovering funds for victims in Stanford Ponzi scheme spends $124 million to recover $235 million.

Companies disclosing more political spending

By Dave Levinthal

Study: Companies are increasingly volunteering information about their politicking, but 'severe' gaps remain.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Business":

"… rtisan Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. The …"

Timeless investigations now found in one place

By Bill Buzenberg

Find copies of print and digital books published by the Center during the past 25 years.

Some charities claiming to support veterans spend heavily on overhead instead

By Chad Garland and Andrew Knochel

News21 investigation finds that some charities supposedly supporting veterans actually spending more to keep their program alive.

Chemical board's unfinished investigations hinder agency mission, IG finds

By Chris Hamby

A backlog of Chemical Safety Board investigations hinders the agency's ability to help prevent future accidents, a new IG report concludes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tesoro":

"… is the report on the 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes, Wash. This delay has prompted criticism …"

"… Safety Board has still failed to complete its investigation of the tragic Tesoro refinery accident in Washington state," Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said i …"

IMPACT: Delaware governor, Atlanta mayor forward tainted donations to charity

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

IMPACT: D.C. man's donations to Delaware governor, Atlanta mayor given to charity following Center story.

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