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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Shelby":

"… ormer Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) returned a total of $27,500 and Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., reimbursed the receivership $14,000. Janvey was appoin …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Navy":

"… vy officials did not respond on July 19 to a request for comment. …"

"… r. But inexplicably, according to auditors at the Defense Department, the Navy has not yet used the accounting system to track the value of $416 bil …"

"… undermining its usefulness. The Pentagon’s auditors first disclosed the Navy’s lapse in a report on July 18, which warned that having such a sizable …"

"… nauditable” military equipment raised questions about the ability of the Navy – and the Defense Department as a whole – to meet the legal deadline. …"

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 "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… s did not respond to interview requests Thursday. The bill would give the Occupational Safety and Health Administration more powerful enforcement tools. Currently, an employer whose willful vio …"

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 "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… ercent of his 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 minutes passed between the …"

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 "Washington, D.C.":

"… long promoted by the influential American Legislative Exchange Council, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that has seen its share of controversy recently.Since 1973 …"

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.

Corporate informants could reap big windfalls for exposing fraud

By Michael Hudson

How-to guide for tipsters to blow in corporate wrongdoing

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 "Whistleblower":

"… rate Whistleblowers to collect cash rewards for reporting financial frauds.Whistleblower advocates’ celebration after the May 25 decision might be short lived as …"

"… d costly penalties by allowing Whistleblowers to go directly to the SEC.”Whistleblower advocates say Grimm’s proposal would force Whistleblowers to “inform c …"

"… ers the opportunity to hide their misconduct from investors.”Year of the WhistleblowerLess than a decade ago, hopes were high that Whistleblowers could turn the …"

"… ron Corp. and other big companies, BusinessWeek hailed 2002 as the Year of Whistleblower. Time named Enron Whistleblower Sherron Watkins one of its persons of …"

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

By Michael Hudson

SEC rules also award generous bounties to tipsters

Excerpts from this story referencing "Whistleblower":

"… nto even bigger frauds.”Stephen Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center, said “the SEC refused to buckle under tremendous pressure from …"

"… centive for employees to become amateur sleuths in search of a big payday."Whistleblower advocates, meanwhile, complained that the SEC’s proposed rules would spa …"

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 "financial reform law":

"… ring to expanded protections for whistleblowers included in the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.If she was in the same situation today as 10 years ago, when Watkins appro …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Michaels":

"… n presented with the Center’s investigative findings in July, OSHA chief David Michaels said he ordered a comprehensive, “top to bottom” review of all whistle …"

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 "Occupational Safety and Health Act":

"… than six months in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Under environmental law, knowingly exposing someone to hazardous …"

"… data reviewed by the AFL-CIO, only 79 cases have been prosecuted under the Occupational Safety and Health Act in the past 40 years; the defendants served a combined 89 months in prison …"

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 "law":

"… indale.com by Nathan J. Hochman and Jee Young You of the Bingham McCutchen law firm.Among the interesting items we found in our run through the FCPA worl …"

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

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 "bank":

"… estate Ponzi scheme created with the help of $20 million in loans from the bank. Stroupe claimed she was fired because she pushed too hard on the investig …"

"… ard on the investigation, raising fears among BB&T executives that the bank would be liable not only for the money it had put into the venture but als …"

"… but also for more than $100 million in loans made on the project by other banks. In one instance, Stroupe alleged, a bank attorney told her he didn’t w …"

"… ns made on the project by other banks. In one instance, Stroupe alleged, a bank attorney told her he didn’t want her in a meeting about the case with th …"

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

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 "Business":

"… ts bribery charges in four countries.For more on the topic, check out "The Business of Bribes" by Frontline World. …"

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

New York

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in New York