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 "Washington":

"… ns that customers may use on their networks.Google, a relative newcomer to Washington, proved to be a formidable lobbying presence, the Center's analysis shows: …"

The cost of indecency

By John Dunbar

Big settlements lead to tamer airwaves

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Association of Broadcasters":

"… on what's indecent and what's not," said Dennis Wharton, spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters, an industry trade group. "That's just a fact."Jonathan Rintels, a televis …"

Baby Bells paying to play

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chairman":

"… itech Corp. "Such unlawful, anticompetitive behavior is unacceptable," FCC Chairman Michael Powell said at the time the fine was announced.SBC paid the fine, …"

"… Solomon was named the Enforcement Bureau's first chief in 1999 by then-FCC Chairman William Kennard.At the time, the sprawling bureaucracy had no centralized …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston":

"… nternational Development. Commissioner Kevin J. Martin and an aide flew to Boston for a fall conference of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Assoc …"

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 "Dan Scandling":

"… orking to provide adequate funding so we don't revisit this problem," said Dan Scandling, the congressman's chief of staff.In the interim, Powell said he had begun …"

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

Behind closed doors

Top broadcasters met 71 times with FCC officials

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gannett":

"… h NBC (three times), ABC (two times), Hearst (two times), News Corp., Gannett, Clear Channel Communications, Cox Enterprises, CumulusBroa …"

"… changes, also attended that session.On May 1, Powell and MacBride met with Gannett President and CEO Doug McCorkindale and three other executives from the co …"

"… meetings. Among the broadcasters he met with were Viacom, News Corp., ABC, Gannett, Hearst, Cumulus, Radio One and the National Association of Broadcasters.C …"

"… s at seven meetings. Among those he met with were Viacom, News Corp., NBC, Gannett, Cumulus and Radio One.Commissioner Abernathy, a Republican, was at seven …"

Well connected

FCC and industry maintain cozy relationship on many levels

Excerpts from this story referencing "Open Society Institute":

"… nded 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 "Texas":

"… tations in the Louisville area, the Center database shows.The San Antonio, Texas-based radio giant owns 1,184 stations and reported $8.4 billion in revenue …"

A penchant for secrecy

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "telephone":

"… construct a database of radio and television stations as well as cable and telephone companies, but the process took months, and the information gleaned from F …"

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 "New Orleans":

"… o.FCC officials took 330 such trips to Las Vegas during the period, 173 to New Orleans, 102 to New York and 98 to London. Other popular destinations included Orl …"

The FCC's rapidly revolving door

By John Dunbar

SBC senior veep a glaring example

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior counsel":

"… Pickering.Stacy Robinson, who advises Abernathy on mass media issues, was senior counsel for Discovery Communications Inc., parent company of the Discovery Channel …"

Commentary

By Charles Lewis

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chicago Tribune":

"… th no TV stations, wrote supportively of the free air time initiative. The Chicago Tribune, owned by the Tribune Co., which recently purchased the Los Angeles Times …"

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 "Clinton":

"… n address, after decrying the campaign-fund-raising "arms race," President Clinton proposed a major new policy that would address a big part of the problem …"

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 …"