Romney's top fundraisers consider bailing

By Carrie Levine

As the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee considers another bid, Jeb Bush and other 2016 hopefuls try to poach top fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… s working to clinch the nomination, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign finance data. Romney’s own campaign committee ra …"

"… full 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and President Barack Obama’s campaign committee raised $715 million for …"

"… a co-chair of Romney’s 2012 campaign, recently told Bloomberg Politics he was “not happy” with Romney’s re-emergence as a potential 2016 ca …"

IRS rarely audits nonprofits for politicking

By Julie Patel

New documents show the federal tax agency almost never audits nonprofit groups for illegal politicking.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Koskinen":

"… educing agency funding to 2008 levels. It’s a decision IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says will result in hiring freezes and further job losses. “The nu …"

States continue war over Obamacare

By Fred Schulte

State lawmakers at odds over hundreds of bills to either cripple or prop up Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… Barber, managing director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics in Helena, Montana, said “we know it (Obamacare) is “being debate …"

‘Dual-status’ kids endure another kind of double jeopardy

Youth involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems have higher detention rates, behavioral health problems.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Family":

"… d. Now, probation officers and social workers sit side by side in the new Family Resource Center in San Jose, Calif., which is adorned with photographs of …"

Why industry is trying to tell you how to think

By Erin Quinn, Chris Young and Kimberley Porteous

How we investigated the top message peddlers influencing public policy — and why you should care.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… rt of our “Consider the Source” team. It’s intended to shed light on Washington’s political messaging industry essentially. So we’ll be taking a compr …"

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 "Bill Clinton":

"… former State Department official and deputy assistant to former President Bill Clinton. Keeping the players straight in the advertising and public relations gam …"

Liberal ‘dark money’ group could face IRS fine

By Michael Beckel

Union-backed Pennsylvanians for Accountability could face IRS fine after failing to file a mandatory tax return.

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

"… d a handful of state lawmakers, failed to file a mandatory tax return, the Center for Public Integrity has learned. For failing to file returns with the IRS on time, the secret …"

"… submitting documents to the IRS. Bonin provided an unofficial copy to the Center for Public Integrity, which showed the group raised $1.23 million in its first year of existenc …"

"… ing it. But Department of Labor records and tax documents reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity show three unions combined to give Pennsylvanians for Accountability $1.11 …"

"… acebook page appears to have been deactivated following inquiries from the Center for Public Integrity. Metcalfe, who chairs the House state government committee, called Pennsy …"

One-stop science shop has become a favorite of industry—and Texas

By Rosalind Adams and Lisa Song

The EPA's sluggishness in assessing chemicals has created opportunities for a consulting firm with ties to chemical and tobacco interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… is neutral." No state has taken advantage of TERA’s services more than Texas, where a rush of oil and gas production has created air pollution problems …"

"… friend of Michael Honeycutt, who heads the toxicology division at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the primary enforcer of the Cl …"

"… mary enforcer of the Clean Air Act and other federal environmental laws in Texas. His department has evaluated the toxicity of 45 chemicals since 2007 thro …"

"… -year, $600,000 contract to help review the agency's chemical evaluations. Texas has hosted three conferences put on by the Alliance for Risk Assessment …"

Texas weakens chemical exposure guidelines, opens door for polluters

By Lisa Song and Rosalind Adams

Amid a fracking boom, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has quietly weakened air pollution guidelines for toxic chemicals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Dourson":

"… nel of outside scientists to review the new procedure. TERA was founded by Michael Dourson, a former EPA toxicologist and one of Honeycutt’s close friends. TERA of …"

"… ent, a spinoff of TERA—the consulting firm founded by Honeycutt's friend Michael Dourson. Both Dourson and Honeycutt sit on the alliance steering committee. Dourso …"

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 "Governor":

"… borders, officials announced Wednesday, citing potential health risks. At Governor Andrew Cuomo’s year-end cabinet meeting, acting state Health Commissione …"

New FEC chief on 'dark money' mission

By Dave Levinthal

New Chairwoman Ann Ravel says she'll fight to out people behind secretive political cash, regardless of party.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… irman who now leads pro-campaign deregulation group Center for Competitive Politics, says the agency might have some measure of success next year. “Commiss …"

Advisory panel tells Congress the nuclear weapons complex is too big and too old

By Douglas Birch

A congressional advisory panel says the nuclear weapons complex can be scaled down and modernized with less regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Department":

"… their performance. The advisory panel, created by Congress as part of the Defense Department funding bill in 2013, said in its final report released in December that t …"

Senate report says CIA repeatedly misled policymakers about interrogation program

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Senate report says CIA repeatedly tried to mislead policymakers about interrogation program to escape scrutiny and criticism

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… did. He said only detainees suspected of knowing about attacks against the United States or its interests or the whereabouts of Bin Laden were subjected to EIT, bu …"

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 "United States":

"… ts Luxembourg operations.  Koch says Invista is headquartered in the United States. However, U.S. and other operations are owned by a holding company incorpo …"

"… Koch Industries is the second-largest privately owned company in the United States, according to Forbes, and it is not required to report its financial infor …"

New battlefront for petrochemical industry: benzene and childhood leukemia

By Kristen Lombardi

Jarrett McElheney grew up near a cluster of petroleum storage tanks. His parents believe benzene in drinking water gave him cancer.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chemistry":

"… he API has financed additional work of his on benzene, as has the American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry’s main lobby. In a deposition taken last …"

Benzene and worker cancers: 'An American tragedy'

By Kristen Lombardi

Previously secret documents illuminate a 10-year effort by petrochemical titans to counteract damning science on the carcinogen benzene.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Beaumont":

"… ne causes one subtype of AML, it likely causes all of them. Keith Hyde, a Beaumont, Texas, lawyer who represents plaintiffs in toxic-tort cases, including th …"

Internal documents reveal industry 'pattern of behavior' on toxic chemicals

By David Heath and Jim Morris

A new archive created by the Center and two universities will feature a trove of previously secret industry documents on toxic chemicals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pollution":

"… ents and have written Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution and other books and articles based on them. This is not the first databas …"

Exploding the myths about American health care

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: new film takes on 'world's best' medical system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… in: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans and Obamacare: What’s in It for M …"

U.S. companies supply eavesdropping gear to Central Asian autocrats

By Julia Harte

Surveillance gear generally falls outside U.S. export controls.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Edward Snowden":

"… smaller scale, some of the same advanced mass interception techniques that Edward Snowden revealed are used by the National Security Agency.  Those acquisitio …"

PR firm busts disclosure deadline while representing Burkina Faso

By Carrie Levine

CD Global Strategies took months — instead of 10 days — to inform the Justice Department of its work for Burkina Faso.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… West African nation, traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and other U.S. officials. Helping arrange the meetings: CD Global Strateg …"

Nursing homes serving minorities offering less care than those housing whites

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Nursing homes serving blacks, Latinos provide less daily registered nurse care than those housing whites.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid":

"… cted in Nursing Home Compare. In 2005 the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cited Medicaid cost reports that contain much of the same informa …"

"… pare. In 2005 the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cited Medicaid cost reports that contain much of the same information as the Medicare doc …"

"… when they entered the nursing home, and the percentage of days paid for by Medicaid, the state-federal health care assistance program. But none of these vari …"

"… are providers that receive federal dollars from programs like Medicare and Medicaid, said Rachel Seeger, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and H …"

Poorly rated nursing homes got HUD-guaranteed mortgages anyway

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Hundreds of poorly rated facilities received mortgage guarantees.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… “Had staff been aware of the issues identified by CMS [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services], they may have been able to address the issues prio …"

Analysis shows widespread discrepancies in staffing levels reported by nursing homes

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Analysis shows staffing levels lower than what's reported on public website.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… say, those staffing levels may be artificially inflated. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency responsible for overseeing …"

"… ident population during the year. Similar cost reports made to the federal Medicare program were analyzed by the Center; those reports showed daily staffing l …"

"… s about once each year to determine whether its nursing homes meet minimum Medicare and Medicaid quality and performance standards. Opinion is divided about t …"

Methodology for our nursing homes investigation

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein and Ben Wieder

Center compared self-reported staffing numbers with Medicare data

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… nursing home staffing, the Center for Public Integrity downloaded the 2012 Medicare cost reports for skilled nursing facilities. The Center extracted data abo …"

"… of The Gerontologist. The Center used data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to calculate the number of standard survey inspectio …"

Running a five-star nursing home

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Top-rated homes had more nurses, less turnover

Excerpts from this story referencing "Indiana":

"… alks the halls of the Woodview Healthcare nursing home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to monitor how well residents are being treated. It’s just one part of …"

Juvenile facilities strive to foster ‘family engagement’

States adopt programs to involve families in rehabilitation of young offenders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Campaign for Youth Justice":

"… n custody.” Marcy Mistrett, CEO of the nonprofit, Washington-based Campaign for Youth Justice, expressed similar sentiments about incarcerated youths. “In detention, …"

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 "Florida":

"… terms of the electoral environment,” said Daniel Smith, a University of Florida professor and expert on such initiatives. “Ballot measures generally are …"

"… drug in the District of Columbia, despite no pro-pot ad spending. But in Florida, a measure to allow medical marijuana failed, barely. It needed 60 percent …"

"… needed 60 percent approval to pass and only got 58 percent. The Drug Free Florida Committee, armed with millions from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, …"

GOP rides cavalry to U.S. Senate majority

By Michael Beckel, Dave Levinthal and Carrie Levine

Super PACs, 'dark money' nonprofits help make Election Day difference as Republicans seize a U.S. Senate majority

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… political speech, to scare voters and whip up fears about nothing.” The Internal Revenue Service plans to draft regulations in early 2015 that aim to crimp certain nonprof …"

Insurers spending cash, spreading fear in high-stakes California showdown

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: insurers have the cash to spread fear, confusion

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance":

"… cent of the funding has come from five insurers that control the state’s insurance marketplace: Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, Kaiser, Health …"

"… thcare.  What Proposition 45 would actually do is give the state’s insurance department the power to reject unreasonable rate increases. California is …"

"… reasonable rate increases. California is one of only 15 states where  insurance commissioners don’t have that authority. Insurers want to keep it that …"

"… successful ballot initiative in 1988 (Proposition 103) that gave the state insurance commissioner the authority to limit auto and home insurance rate increases …"

Election 2014 by the numbers

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights key facts about the most expensive midterm in history.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… state-level and U.S. Senate races that have mentioned President Barack Obama or the Obamacare health care reform law: 445,000 Minimum number of pro-Hi …"

Pages