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 "Patriot Act":

"… ters to obtain information about agents of foreign powers; in 2001 the USA Patriot Act gave the FBI the power to issue them in investigations of international te …"

"… and that staff were better trained on the issue.Follow-up:The reauthorized Patriot Act of 2006 overhauled the provisions governing national security letters to a …"

The 700 (MHz) Club

By Brendan McGarry

When lobbying the FCC, sometimes less is more

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

"… —far more than any other pending matter, according to an analysis by The Center for Public Integrity.In the end, the FCC's much-anticipated decision proved to be a victory—a …"

The cost of indecency

By John Dunbar

Big settlements lead to tamer airwaves

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Civil Liberties Union":

"… akes good business sense, says Marvin Johnson, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. "The FCC for a long time was not incredibly active in terms of indecency. …"

Baby Bells paying to play

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Trade Commission":

"… e set based on a review of complaints received and other sources, like the Federal Trade Commission and the National Consumer Fraud Center, for example. Currently, enforcemen …"

Indecency on the air

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… years. On Aug. 30, 1991, Flambo Broadcasting Inc.'s KFMH-FM in Muscatine, Iowa, aired jokes the FCC deemed indecent.A fine was issued on April 1, 1994. B …"

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 "travel program":

"… en while this effort is underway, I have commenced a further review of our travel program to substantially reduce section 1353 [i.e., non-agency-funded] travel and …"

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 "travel program":

"… ef of staff.In the interim, Powell said he had begun a review of the FCC's travel program to "substantially reduce" industry-funded travel and entertainment and "to …"

Bill would eliminate industry-sponsored travel for FCC

Bill would eliminate industry-sponsored travel for FCC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internet access":

"… allocate funds to audit the FCC's troubled "E-Rate" program, used to fund Internet access for schools, and would also impose a one-year lobbying ban on FCC employee …"

FCC votes 3-2 to loosen media rules

Votes were filed along party lines

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jonathan Adelstein":

"… n Abernathy and Kevin Martin. Opposed were commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein. For a copy of the statements of each of the commissioners, please go to&n …"

Behind closed doors

Top broadcasters met 71 times with FCC officials

Excerpts from this story referencing "Media Access Project":

"… rk contrast to the number of private sessions with Consumers Union and the Media Access Project, the two major consumer groups working on the issue. Those two groups have …"

A penchant for secrecy

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Media Access Project":

"… protective order business is truly bizarre," said Andy Schwartzman of the Media Access Project. "We ultimately got to see everything we needed to see and got access to d …"

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 "transportation":

"… torola, Nortel and IBM.IDATE paid $2,646 for Abernathy's flight, hotel and transportation to and from the airport for the two-day conference in Montpellier, France, …"

Well connected

FCC and industry maintain cozy relationship on many levels

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clear Channel":

"… se reveals that broadcasting and cable behemoths such as Viacom, Clear Channel and Comcast already dominate many of the nation's media mar …"

"… -state radio conglomerates. Twenty-seven of those are owned by radio giant Clear Channel Communications.The cable systems in the five communities are controlled by …"

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 "Tom Daschle":

"… native Jonathan Adelstein was a senior aide to fellow South Dakotan, Sen. Tom Daschle, and advised him on telecommunications policies before being named to the …"

The FCC's rapidly revolving door

By John Dunbar

SBC senior veep a glaring example

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon":

"… or blocking progress. SBC, the No. 2 local phone company in the U.S. after Verizon, has been among the most anti-competitive of the Bells. In fiscal 2002, th …"

"… t for public policy development and international government relations for Verizon.More revolversFar from the exception, Attwood appears to be the rule at an …"

Commentary

By Charles Lewis

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "correspondent":

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

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 "correspondent":

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

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ed 19th among Burns’ top supporters, according to a list compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. The list of Burns’ top 20 supporters during that time also included eig …"