Who needs lobbyists? See what big business spends to win American minds

By Erin Quinn and Chris Young

Trade groups pay top PR, advertising firms $1.2 billion over five years to influence public.

Excerpts from this story referencing "finance":

"… agency that will create more layers of regulation and bureaucracy.” The finance, insurance and real estate sector ranked third in contracts with advertisi …"

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

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"… bsp; …"

Navy at sea with lousy books

By Rebecca LaFlure

The admirals spent nearly a billion dollars to improve their accounting, but then failed to apply what they learned

Bill aims to strengthen OSHA workplace enforcement

By Chris Hamby

Senators propose tighter workplace safety rules, targeting breakdowns highlighted in Center for Public Integrity reports.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Safety":

"… Labor. “This legislation is a long-overdue update to the [Occupational Safety and Health] Act, and a good step towards making workplaces safer and healt …"

"… pond to interview requests Thursday. The bill would give the Occupational Safety and Health Administration more powerful enforcement tools. Currently, an …"

Report suggests OSHA safeguard contingent workers

By Chris Hamby

Regulators should launch an enforcement blitz of companies using large numbers of contingent workers, a nonprofit group concludes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Safety":

"… body. The company failed to call 911, according to a federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration report obtained by the Center, and more than 98 …"

ALEC's decades of 'right-to-work' effort pay off in Michigan

By Paul Abowd

Think tank’s 32-year 'right-to-work' campaign succeeds in union stronghold

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank of America":

"… largest non-union and anti-union companies, including McDonalds, Wal-Mart, Bank of America and MillerCoors. All four of the companies quit the organization this year …"

State Integrity Investigation provides 'roadmap' for ethics reform

By Caitlin Ginley

Florida group cites State Integrity Investigation in pushing for change.

OSHA whistleblower wins court victory

By Jim Morris

A federal court found that Robert Whitmore, an OSHA economist, was fired for raising concerns about flawed injury and illness data.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Safety":

"… to a request for comment. …"

Corporate informants could reap big windfalls for exposing fraud

By Michael Hudson

How-to guide for tipsters to blow in corporate wrongdoing

Excerpts from this story referencing "chair":

"… sal and to allow whistleblowers the option of coming to the SEC first. SEC chair Mary Schapiro, who voted in the majority, said giving whistleblo …"

Battle over corporate whistleblower rules won't end with SEC vote

By Michael Hudson

Battle over corporate whistleblower rules won't end with SEC vote

Excerpts from this story referencing "financial reform law":

"… ith information that results in financial settlements.Under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, some whistleblowers will be eligible to receive between 10 percent and 30 …"

In setback for corporate lobbyists, whistleblowers can take tips first to government investigators

By Michael Hudson

SEC rules also award generous bounties to tipsters

WikiLeaks more effective than SEC, says Enron whistleblower

A former Enron accountant who blew the whistle on fraud at the energy giant says she doesn't trust the Securities and Exchange Commission to

Excerpts from this story referencing "Accountant":

"… scussion about whistleblowers held by the New York State Society of Public Accountants.Under the Dodd-Frank law, company employees who provide information about …"

Corporations aim to narrow SEC’s proposed whistleblower protections

By Amy Biegelsen

Midnight is the deadline to weigh in on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s plan to offer whistleblowers a bounty of up to 30 percent o

Whistleblower bill close to winning Senate approval

By Laurel Adams and Aaron Mehta

A landmark bill to protect government whistleblowers is expected to win U.S. Senate approval this month, according to two advocacy groups, e

Labor Dept's handling of whistleblower cases criticized by another watchdog

By Michael Hudson

A new watchdog report says the U.S. Labor Department often fails to properly investigate complaints by corporate workers who seek whistleblo

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"… sults of this comprehensive evaluation will include recommendations to the Assistant Secretary on programmatic changes to ensure that there is consistency and program de …"

Lame duck Congress may consider bill to toughen OSHA

By Jim Morris

For an agency so widely feared and demonized by American business, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a relative pushover.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… ck” session of Congress after the Nov. 2 elections, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, a California Democrat who chairs the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, told …"

A closer look inside the FCPA world

By Ricardo Sandoval Palos and Traver Riggins

We came across some interesting web sites on the way to publishing our story on the US government’s pursuit of two American tobacco companie

Excerpts from this story referencing "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act":

"… ernment’s pursuit of two American tobacco companies accused of violating Foreign Corrupt Practices Act limits by allegedly bribing officials in several companies to secure favor …"

Tobacco company penalties may signal U.S. crackdown on industry practices overseas

By Traver Riggins and Ricardo Sandoval Palos

A flurry of federal enforcement action targeting payoffs by subsidiaries of two U.S. tobacco companies may signal a broader regulatory assau

Excerpts from this story referencing "author":

"… ” said Dick Cassin, a lawyer with 30 years worth of FCPA experience, and author of The FCPA Blog. “A lot of the law-on-the-ground practices are just goi …"

Federal bureaucracy dismisses most Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower claims

By Michael Hudson

Whistleblower protections passed after the Enron accounting scandal have been largely gutted by the federal bureaucracy responsible for prot

Excerpts from this story referencing "rubber":

"… Moberly noted that “how those legal protections get applied is where the rubber hits the road.”Michael Hudson is a staff writer with the Center for Publ …"

Raytheon reviewing its compliance with foreign bribery law

By Nick Schwellenbach

The Raytheon Company’s latest quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveals the company is “currently conducting a se

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Justice":

"… as “voluntarily contacted the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice to advise both agencies that an internal review is underway.” Typically, …"

Investigative firm shows U.S. cracking down on foreign bribery

By Joe Kokenge

A word of advice to people looking to do overseas business deals: think twice about greasing any palms, especially in China, Nigeria, and Ir

Excerpts from this story referencing "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act":

"… nge Commission shows that these three countries accounted for 31 of the 76 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases from 1999 to 2009.Among its provisions, the FCPA forbids maki …"

Lack of regs fueled accounting scandal

By The Center for Public Integrity

Corporate "game of nods and winks" leaves host of innocent victims in its wake

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… ting firms to be fined by the PCAOB for a $1 million civil penalty. An SEC spokesman told the Center the agency has taken significant actions to increase discl …"

New York

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in New York

Excerpts from this story referencing "executive":

"… sdiction over state legislators. It oversees officers and employees in the executive branch of government, as well as certain political party chairs and the fo …"