FBI abuses power to request personal information

By The Center for Public Integrity

After the Patriot Act, FBI increased requests of personal information, including phone calls, emails, and financial transactions

The 700 (MHz) Club

By Brendan McGarry

When lobbying the FCC, sometimes less is more

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Wireless":

"… ssioners and other agency officials at least 43 times, while lobbyists for Verizon Wireless recorded 40 such contacts.Under agency rules, a participant must file a no …"

The cost of indecency

By John Dunbar

Big settlements lead to tamer airwaves

Excerpts from this story referencing "Broadcasting":

"… orcement in every major category. [See "2004 Broke all Records on Indecent Broadcasting"]The pause is no doubt related to regime change and two vacancies on the F …"

"… nt of all proposed fines since 2000, the Center found.Viacom, owner of CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Infinity Broadcasting Corp., is the second-largest television sta …"

"… 2000, the Center found.Viacom, owner of CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Infinity Broadcasting Corp., is the second-largest television station owner and second-largest r …"

"… settlement, eclipsing the previous mark of $1.71 million paid by Infinity Broadcasting (now part of Viacom Inc.) in 1995 for shows involving Stern in the early 1 …"

Baby Bells paying to play

By John Dunbar

Bells paid two-thirds of fines and settlements since Jan. 2000

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alexander Cohen":

"… ase Editor Daniel Lathrop and researchers Morgan Jindrich, Katie Mills and Alexander Cohen contributed to this report. …"

Indecency on the air

By John Dunbar

Shock-radio jock Howard Stern remains 'King of All Fines'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… Researchers Katie Mills and Alexander Cohen contributed to this report. …"

FCC managers still flying free

FCC officials accepted nearly $2.8 million in travel and entertainment expenses over the past eight years

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… l's earlier intention to ask for a $500,000 increase in travel funds. …"

FCC plans to nix industry-paid travel

By John Dunbar

Agency chair seeks $500,000 increase in travel budget to "largely eliminate" industry perks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… pressure from a powerful member of the House Appropriations Committee, the Federal Communications Commission says it plans to largely eliminate its longtime practice of accepting free …"

Bill would eliminate industry-sponsored travel for FCC

Bill would eliminate industry-sponsored travel for FCC

Excerpts from this story referencing "John McCain":

"… the complete text of the statement. …"

FCC votes 3-2 to loosen media rules

Votes were filed along party lines

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… statements of each of the commissioners, please go to www.fcc.gov. …"

Behind closed doors

Top broadcasters met 71 times with FCC officials

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… s 11 times. …"

A penchant for secrecy

By John Dunbar

Why the FCC so determined to keep key data from the public

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… es away the means of members of the public to do that monitoring." …"

On the road again—and again

By Morgan Jindrich

FCC officials rack up $2.8 million travel tab with industries they regulate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… process are the public," said Schwartzman. "That is the real problem here. …"

Well connected

FCC and industry maintain cozy relationship on many levels

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… nbsp;already dominate many of the nation's media markets, even as the Federal Communications Commission moves to further relax media ownership rules at a meeting scheduled f …"

Captive audience

By John Dunbar

A few big media firms dominate 4 of 5 FCC commissioners' hometownsA few big media firms dominate 4 of 5 FCC commissioners' hometowns

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internet service":

"… edia companies active in other areas. By far the largest and most dominant Internet service provider is AOL Time Warner, with 35 million customers. The huge, diversif …"

The FCC's rapidly revolving door

By John Dunbar

SBC senior veep a glaring example

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… ob, he was at the FCC as a special counsel for competitive issues. …"

Commentary

By Charles Lewis

Relaxing media ownership rules conflicts with the public's right to know

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lobbying":

"… to political campaigns. They take politicians and their staffs on junkets.Lobbying. From 1996 to 2000, the 50 largest media companies and four of their trade …"

Methodology

What is the Media Tracker?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… rs collected industry analyses and corporate disclosure documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission detailing the properties belonging to major corporations in each industry. …"

"… ts were usually drawn from the company's annual report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. For private companies, the lists were obtained either from the company's …"

Commentary: Profiteering from democracy

By Charles Lewis

In his January 1998 State of the Union address, after decrying the campaign-fund-raising "arms race," Preside

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lobbying":

"… to political campaigns. They take politicians and their staffs on junkets.Lobbying: Since 1996, the 50 largest media companies and four of their trade associ …"

McCain tax bill would save corporate contributors millions

WASHINGTON, D.C. February 11, 2000 — Republican presidential hopeful John McCain has talked at length about tax cuts that would benefit lowe

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… entially resurrects a 17-year policy struck down by a newly Republican-led Congress in 1995 because it gave broadcasting and cable companies excessive capital …"

"… nd Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), have pressed hard for reinstatement since Congress did away with the FCC’s tax certificate program, which, like McCain’s …"

"… s $1.5 billion over five years, but opposed outright repeal of the section.Congressional scrutiny was prompted by a deal made by Viacom, which planned to sell …"

"… do anything, the program ran into partisan politics, and it was killed by Congress. The program was over.”Others who have urged restoration of the program …"