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

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 "Sprint":

"… ison, the three major long-distance telephone companies, AT&T, MCI and Sprint, have contributed a combined $59,160 to the Bush campaign.In addition, Edw …"

"… action and a $1.44 million fine against ASC Telecom Inc., a subsidiary of Sprint. The fines were reported in the national press.In December of 2003, the ag …"

Indecency on the air

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Bush":

"… e was booted by Clear Channel because of his recent criticism of President George Bush.Some of Clear Channel's top executives and board members are key supporter …"

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

Bill would eliminate industry-sponsored travel for FCC

Bill would eliminate industry-sponsored travel for FCC

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Bush":

"… ced the information in the report in his statement, addressed to President George Bush.The bill was co-authored by South Carolina Democrat, Sen. Ernest Hollings. …"

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

A penchant for secrecy

By John Dunbar

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

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 "head":

"… r, meaning that the ultimate authority on industry sponsored travel is the head of the individual agencies.Office of Government Ethics Director Amy Comsto …"

"… ent Ethics from 1988 to 2001.Each year a large contingent of FCC officials head off to certain big events sponsored by broadcast and telecommunications as …"

"… ht message to the public if every commissioner and every senior bureaucrat head off to a single event every year?" said Gilman. "Are they maintaining an a …"

"… trips, more than any other FCC employee. Until last year, Stewart had been head of the agency's Mass Media Bureau since 1989. He lost that job in a restru …"

Well connected

FCC and industry maintain cozy relationship on many levels

Excerpts from this story referencing "media ownership":

"… as the Federal Communications Commission moves to further relax media ownership rules at a meeting scheduled for June 2. To illustrate this trend, the Cen …"

"… cheduled for June 2. To illustrate this trend, the Center analyzed current media ownership in the hometowns of the five FCC commissioners—though any American can g …"

"… dwindled since 1996 when the FCC most recently loosened its regulations on media ownership.Media concentrationThe ownership study in the five cities reveals:Of the 2 …"

"… bbied aggressively in recent months to keep the current FCC rules limiting media ownership in place.Reliance on industry dataA third report came out of the Center's …"

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

The FCC's rapidly revolving door

By John Dunbar

SBC senior veep a glaring example


By Charles Lewis

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "media ownership":

"… illion—for free.Through all of the discussion of further deregulation of media ownership rules, and cheery assurances from media corporations that the commitment a …"

"… ons Commission protect the broad public interest on crucial issues such as media ownership when its own employees accept free trips from companies with billions of d …"

"… chard Wiley (CBS). After all, from copyright issues to broadband access to media ownership rules, billions of dollars were at stake for the transforming media indust …"


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 "chief of staff":

"… s headed by Tony Podesta, whose brother John happens to be the White House chief of staff. Twenty-three members of its staff of 33 formerly worked on Capitol Hill, …"

"… on Association; Magazine Publishers of America); former Reagan White House chief of staff Ken Duberstein (Comcast, National Cable TV Association, Time Warner); form …"

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 "chief of staff":

"… tax breaks.In testimony before Archer’s committee in January 1995, then-chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation Kenneth Kies said that “the tax benef …"