Citing health risks, New York State bans fracking

By Talia Buford

"The potential risks are too great," says the state's acting health commissioner. "In fact, they are not fully known."

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemicals":

"… more studies on the health effects of fracking -- pumping water, sand and chemicals into the ground to dislodge natural gas and oil -- before the practice is …"

Florida homeowners catch a break in courts

By Alison Fitzgerald

The state Supreme Court revisited foreclosure court procedures after a Center report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… gress as the state responds to their concerns on several different fronts. …"

"… ose if the bank trying to foreclose doesn’t respond to the motion. Other Florida counties have similar orders in place. “What they’re saying is you do …"

"… don’t have to hear those motions, just deny them,” said Thomas Ice, a Florida lawyer who took his opposition to the orders to the Supreme Court’s comm …"

"… gone.” The Center for Public Integrity reported earlier this year that Florida’s legislature and Supreme Court have instructed judges across the state …"

'Revolving door' spins between AT&T, GSA

By Dave Levinthal

AT&T hires a top GSA official, then and scores a lucrative service contract with the agency.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… not involve a communication to or an appearance before an employee of the United States.” Coleman, whose official title is client executive vice president of A …"

A long-term blank check for 'war' spending

By Julia Harte

In the federal budget, emergency spending for combat operations is the new normal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "GAO":

"… Needed to Transition U.S. Central Command’s Costs to the Base Budget,” GAO analyst John Pendleton urged the department to craft that guidance quickly …"

"… guidance by the end of July 2014, it has not yet done so, according to the GAO. “This is an iterative process, not a one-time bit of guidance. The que …"

Building a tax fairyland in Luxembourg in five not-so-easy steps

By Alison Fitzgerald and Kimberley Porteous

How The Walt Disney Co. gathered ownership of its empire, from Australia to Denmark to the Cayman Islands, into Luxembourg.

Five transactions and five tax exemptions for Koch in Luxembourg

By Alison Fitzgerald and Kimberley Porteous

A close look at some of the transactions included in the restructuring that the Luxembourg government agreed would be exempt from tax.

Luxembourg tax deals for Disney, Koch brothers empires revealed

By Alison Fitzgerald and Marina Walker Guevara

New leak discloses secret tax agreements between major American companies and Luxembourg.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Italy":

"… transfers gathered ownership of at least 24 of its subsidiaries in France, Italy, Germany, the U.K., Australia, the Cayman Islands and the Netherlands unde …"

A dozen dirty documents

By Kristen Lombardi and Jared Bennett

Twelve documents that stand out from the Center's new archive

Excerpts from this story referencing "Benzene":

"… 0 summary of the API’s research strategy, drafted by the group’s  Benzene Task Force, explains that the research program “is designed to protect m …"

"… rs of “personal injury claims,” an email exchange among members of the Benzene Health Research Consortium urges deletion of  “the reference to leg …"

Peter Bale named new head of the Center for Public Integrity

By William Gray

Peter Bale, former Vice President and General Manager of Digital operations at CNN International, named Center's CEO.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Atlanta":

"… growth in users, engagement and revenue during his tenure heading teams in Atlanta, London, Dubai and Hong Kong. “The Center for Public Integrity is a pow …"

Pro-McConnell nonprofit hit with IRS complaint

By Michael Beckel

A watchdog organization wants the IRS to investigate a nonprofit that spent millions backing Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kentucky Opportunity Coalition":

"… cs in Washington has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a conservative nonprofit that spent millions of dollars supplied by undis …"

"… rom Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. Ahead of the November election, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition spent more than $14 million on advertisements, according Scott Jennings, a …"

"… al consultant who serves as its spokesman. That spending spree earned the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition the distinction of being the top-spending group in the race — airing abo …"

"… comment, but in October, he told the Center for Public Integrity that the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition “abides by all rules and regulations governing an organization of its ki …"

Crossroads GPS' cash plummeted in 2013

By Carrie Levine

Conservative nonprofit's income drop coincided with a non-election year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… spending a combined $176.4 million on the 2012 elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Roughly $70 million of that was spent by Crossroads GPS. The groups’ mo …"

Congress' never-ending political money chase

By Dave Levinthal

Congressional lawmakers are hard at work raising campaign cash in D.C. as lame duck session begins.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington, D.C.":

"… oof that U.S. elections never end than the fundraising scene this month in Washington, D.C. No matter that Election Day 2014 isn't even two weeks past and Election D …"

Ballot measure backers spend big, win big

By Liz Essley Whyte

Of the most expensive ballot races, top spenders won over voters in 21 of 25 contests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… Planned Parenthood-backed organizations won on abortion-related issues in North Dakota and Colorado and lost in Tennessee, which passed a measure that declares t …"

More scrutiny coming for Medicare Advantage, Obamacare

By Fred Schulte

New round of audits coming; Obamacare too.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… ending on managed health care in the new fiscal year, ranging from private Medicare Advantage groups that treat millions of elderly to health plans rapidly ex …"

"… Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, which investigates Medicare and Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse, said it would conduct “various revi …"

"… aid waste, fraud and abuse, said it would conduct “various reviews” of Medicare Advantage billing practices with an eye toward curbing overcharges. Result …"

"… lent sign ups. The Inspector General’s office did not say if individual Medicare Advantage plans would be audited, but indicated it would focus on concerns …"

'Banking Caucus' member aims for Senate

By Alison Fitzgerald

Republican candidate for Senate U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito defends little banks but big banks benefit too.

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… ed by the Center for Responsive Politics. She also has the support of many energy companies. Capito is not among the top recipients of contributions from th …"

Corporations, advocacy groups spend big on ballot measures

By Liz Essley Whyte

Corporations and national advocacy groups are throwing big dollars behind TV ads before voters decide 158 state ballot measures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… initiatives attracting interest from advocacy groups include: In Washington, television viewers have already been treated to more than 4,000 ads about …"

Pennsylvania super PAC gets 'dark money' infusion

By Michael Beckel

Nonprofit Green Orchard Inc. is listed as the sole donor to new Prosperity for Pennsylvania super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pat Toomey":

"… n the home stretch of the 2014 election, a new super PAC with ties to Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., finds itself flush with “dark money,” according to a new campa …"

Ex-senators Breaux and Lott confirm lobbying for Russian bank on Ukraine sanctions

By Alexander Cohen

A new filing says two former senators were part of a team that earned $150,000 for roughly a month of work.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Patton Boggs":

"… with the U.S. Senate. The former senators and their colleagues at Squire Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C., were retained over the summer by a banking subsidiary …"

"… have done or are still doing for the bank. Three other members of Squire Patton Boggs have worked with Breaux and Lott on the Gazprombank account, according to …"

"… ring the Clinton-Bush transition, according to their biographies on Squire Patton Boggs website. Neither Breaux, Lott or Squire Patton Boggs responded to the Cen …"

"… iographies on Squire Patton Boggs website. Neither Breaux, Lott or Squire Patton Boggs responded to the Center’s inquiries. Sergey Perminov of Gazprombank’s …"

Bloomberg helps Democratic governors' group close gap on Republicans

By Ben Wieder

The Republican Governors Association is outpacing its Democratic counterpart but Democrats are catching up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… which have been in existence for more than a decade, got a boost from the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which, in conjunction with related fede …"

Gubernatorial hopefuls outspend U.S. Senate candidates

By Rachel Baye

Thirty-six seats are at stake in the U.S. Senate and 36 governorships are also up for election on Nov. 4.

Center report spurs investigation of Bank of America, JPMorgan prison deals

By Daniel Wagner

No-bid contracts with Bank of America and JPMorgan under government scrutiny after Center report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Bureau of Prisons":

"… mail service and other technology inside the 121 facilities managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The contract has been amended 22 times since it was awarded without compe …"

Senator questions Bank of America’s no-bid prison deal

By Daniel Wagner

After a Center report, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, says Bank of America's no-bid prison banking deal "raises significant questions"

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… s significant questions.” Grassley is the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department. He could becom …"

"… uld become chairman of the committee if Republicans gain a majority in the Senate after this fall’s election. Prisons account for more than one-fourth of …"

Megabanks have prison financial services market locked up

By Daniel Wagner

Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase & Co. avoid competitive bidding process in contracts serving federal prisoners.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… : DynCorp International, a major military contractor based just outside of Washington; and Advanced Technologies Group, a Kansas-based technology company that t …"

"… tors and abusing their discretion, said Kathleen Clark, a professor at the Washington University School of Law who studies government ethics. Treasury’s broad …"

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.

Non-candidate spending increases in state elections

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

TV ad spending in state elections since 2010 is down, but the portion ponied up by political nonprofits and state-level super PACs rises.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jon Bruning":

"… y favorite Pete Ricketts ahead of establishment candidate Attorney General Jon Bruning to win the GOP nomination for governor in the May primary. “Nebraska ha …"

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 "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… received significant attention since 2010, when the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision granted them powerful spending freedoms. Corporations may n …"

Health insurers turning into who knows what?

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: health insurers are transforming themselves — but into what?

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Cordani":

"… at a health care technology conference earlier this year.  Cigna CEO David Cordani says his team “is proud to serve as a catalyst for change in the more th …"

Treasury extends controversial bank-card deal with Comerica

By Daniel Wagner

Treasury extends Comerica program that exposed the elderly and poor to fraud.

Excerpts from this story referencing "inspector":

"… program, which exposed poor and elderly Americans to fraud. Treasury’s inspector general plans to review the selection process that led to another contract …"

"… urse of selecting a bank under this authority, Rich Delmar, counsel to the inspector general, said in an email Monday. He said those are the standards by which …"

'Zombie' homes haunt Florida neighborhoods

By Alison Fitzgerald and Jared Bennett

Neighborhoods devastated by thousands of abandoned homes as banks fail to follow through on foreclosures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alabama":

"… for alleged predatory lending that led to abandoned homes, but Birmingham, Alabama’s lawsuit failed, according to Kathleen Engel, a law professor at Suffol …"