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 "attorney":

"… ty letters and moved to ensure that all requests were first reviewed by an attorney and that staff were better trained on the issue.Follow-up:The reauthorized …"

The 700 (MHz) Club

By Brendan McGarry

When lobbying the FCC, sometimes less is more

Excerpts from this story referencing "Communication":

"… rules during the first seven months of 2007.  …"

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 "Texas":

"… cond is Verizon Communications with $12 million, and third is San Antonio, Texas-based SBC Communications Inc. which has paid $11.5 million. (BellSouth Cor …"

Indecency on the air

By John Dunbar

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

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 "telecommunications":

"… and entertainment expenses over the past eight years, most of it from the telecommunications and broadcast industries the agency regulates.Following the report's relea …"

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 "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… gh appropriated funds," wrote Wolf, pointing out that is the policy of the Securities and Exchange Commission.In his response, Powell said the FCC had adhered to all ethics laws and gu …"

Bill would eliminate industry-sponsored travel for FCC

Bill would eliminate industry-sponsored travel for FCC

Excerpts from this story referencing "telecommunications":

"… and entertainment expenses over the past eight years, most of it from the telecommunications and broadcast industries that the agency regulates. McCain referenced the …"

FCC votes 3-2 to loosen media rules

Votes were filed along party lines

Excerpts from this story referencing "Communication":

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

Behind closed doors

Top broadcasters met 71 times with FCC officials

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"… es. …"

"… of "Rich Media, Poor Democracy" and research professor in the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "This is just …"

"… o times), Hearst (two times), News Corp., Gannett, Clear Channel Communications, Cox Enterprises, CumulusBroadcasting, and Radio One  …"

A penchant for secrecy

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Communication":

"… 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 "telecommunications":

"… in travel and entertainment over the past eight years, most of it from the telecommunications and broadcast industries the agency regulates, a new study by the Center f …"

"… trips database)While the vast majority of the trips were sponsored by the telecommunications and broadcast industries, some were paid for by universities and internati …"

"… d CEO of the Media Access Project, a consumer advocacy group that works on telecommunications issues. "It's impossible for the public to get the same kind of access wit …"

"… of FCC officials head off to certain big events sponsored by broadcast and telecommunications associations.The Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association paid $45,7 …"

Well connected

FCC and industry maintain cozy relationship on many levels

Excerpts from this story referencing "telecommunications":

"… me from the Center for Public Integrity's unprecedented examination of the telecommunications industry, the centerpiece of which is a first-of-its-kind, 65,000 record, …"

"… "Well-Connected," is the first phase of a three-year investigation of the telecommunications industry. The full report and database can be found on the Center's w …"

"… aken more than 2,500 trips paid for by companies and trade groups from the telecommunications and broadcasting industries, and the agency increasingly relies on industr …"

"… costing nearly $2.8 million over the past eight years, most of it from the telecommunications and broadcast industries the agency regulates. That was in addition to abo …"

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

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"… o fit the next piece of their puzzle for world media dominance." …"

"… billionaire Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and the fourth by Allbritton Communications.A survey of the hometowns of each of the five FCC commissioners …"

"… merates. Twenty-seven of those are owned by radio giant Clear Channel Communications.Among the findings of the survey:The cable systems in the five communitie …"

"… rogrammed by AOL Time Warner; Louisville's system is owned by Insight Communications Co., the nation's ninth-largest cable company.Of the 20 network affi …"

The FCC's rapidly revolving door

By John Dunbar

SBC senior veep a glaring example

Excerpts from this story referencing "William Kennard":

"… ine Competition Bureau. She worked as senor legal adviser to then-Chairman William Kennard and Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau's Enforcement Division. She became …"

Commentary

By Charles Lewis

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "ABC News":

"… ic Integrity, I was an investigative reporter and producer for 11 years at ABC News and the CBS News program 60 Minutes.The Center for Public Integrity does n …"

"… Hale Boggs and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Lindy Boggs, and brother of ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts, (National Cable Television Association; Magaz …"

Methodology

What is the Media Tracker?

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"… capitals all across America.The Media Tracker is a product of the Center's telecommunications and media project, "Well Connected." See our "Frequently Asked Questions" …"

"… the political activities of the largest companies and organizations in the telecommunications, media and technology industries through disclosure documents related to c …"

"… al parties by employees and political action committees connected with the telecommunications, media and technology organizations in the period from Jan. 1, 1997 throug …"

"… awmakers or their aides that filings show were solely paid for by a single telecommunications, media and technology organization. Data regarding trips co-sponsored by t …"

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 …"