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

Excerpts from this story referencing "inspector":

"… ransparency. FBI officials stress that they have responded promptly to the inspector general’s concerns, and that the Bureau “conducted an extensive, natio …"

"… ity letters to address privacy concerns. A forthcoming report from the DOJ inspector general will address informal requests that agents have made without issui …"

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

Baby Bells paying to play

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "co-founder":

"… eported that Fax.com's attorney said she was unable to reach the company's co-founder.Fax.com still has an active Web site that lists a telephone and fax number …"

Indecency on the air

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Francisco":

"… on was fined was for an Oct. 4, 2002, morning news broadcast on KRON-TV in San Francisco, owned by Young Broadcasting. The FCC issued a $27,500 fine when one of th …"

FCC managers still flying free

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

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 "commissioner":

"… als to its annual convention in Las Vegas in April, including all five FCC commissioners.In June, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association paid $19,9 …"

"… best interest of the FCC—and the American public—if the travel of FCC commissioners and staff were only through appropriated funds," wrote Wolf, pointing out …"

"… eeing to have the language stripped from the final appropriation bill."One commissioner, who has only been a commissioner since July 2001, took 12 trips valued at …"

"… d from the final appropriation bill."One commissioner, who has only been a commissioner since July 2001, took 12 trips valued at over $14,000," Wolf said, referri …"

Bill would eliminate industry-sponsored travel for FCC

Bill would eliminate industry-sponsored travel for FCC

FCC votes 3-2 to loosen media rules

Votes were filed along party lines

Behind closed doors

Top broadcasters met 71 times with FCC officials

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chairman":

"… he extent my schedule can accommodate the request," said the statement.FCC Chairman Michael Powell, a Republican who has pushed hard to relax the media owners …"

"… ree other executives from the company.Appearing on CNBC Wednesday evening, Chairman Powell said he believes the FCC is the second most heavily lobbied institu …"

A penchant for secrecy

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chairman":

"… ed to examine the issue of broadcast media ownership.In November 2001, FCC Chairman Michael Powell created the Media Ownership Working Group to help the commi …"

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 "NBC":

"… Center.That was not always the case, however. Major networks Fox, CBS and NBC left the NAB two years ago because of the association's support for the cu …"

Well connected

FCC and industry maintain cozy relationship on many levels

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ford Foundation":

"… without going outside the agency.The study was funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation, with additional support from the Open Society Institute. …"

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 "Michael Copps":

"… f the looser caps by centralizing operations.According to FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, there are 34 percent fewer radio station owners than before 1996. "If you …"

"… th and west of Charlotte is Milwaukee, hometown of Democratic Commissioner Michael Copps, who served for more than 12 years as chief of staff of U.S. Sen. Ernest " …"

The FCC's rapidly revolving door

By John Dunbar

SBC senior veep a glaring example

Excerpts from this story referencing "commissioner":

"… ll three times going back, one in the nature of just saying hello to a new commissioner," she said, apparently referring to the meeting with Adelstein.Attwood sai …"

"… between government service and private industry.Before being named an FCC commissioner in 2001, Kathleen Abernathy was vice president of public policy at BroadBa …"

Commentary

By Charles Lewis

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… grity does not advocate for or against government laws or legislation. The federal government in September proposed the most significant change ever in the rules regard …"

Methodology

What is the Media Tracker?

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

"… ving any community in the United States. Using the Media Tracker and other Center for Public Integrity resources, the public can freely investigate how those owners seek to infl …"

"… is no stronger than its sources. Where they are flawed, it is flawed. The Center for Public Integrity sought to fully collect and faithfully report all information. But if info …"

"… were harvested will not be reflected here.Measuring Political InfluenceThe Center for Public Integrity's aim was to quantify the political activities of the largest companies an …"

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 "Louise Slaughter":

"… st available rates, and that’s the way we believe it should stay.”Rep. Louise Slaughter, a New York Democrat, introduced one of the free air time bills he opposed …"

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 "communications":

"… hat would enrich a few of those well-heeled corporations — the large telecommunications firms that have bankrolled much of his political career.On Oct. 8, McCain …"

"… er.On Oct. 8, McCain introduced a bill that, he said, would give large telecommunications firms a tax incentive for selling subsidiaries to minority-owned firms by …"

"… , have been at a particular disadvantage,” read McCain’s bill, the Telecommunications Ownership Diversification Act.McCain’s bill essentially resurrects a 17- …"

"… 0 during his career. Other potential beneficiaries are “Baby Bell” telecommunications company US West, a Denver-based telecommunications company, formed in 1984 …"