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":

"… the government is appealing. The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General found that the bureau could not justify use of the letters in many …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "House of Representatives":

"… d possibly your career."Despite the chill in the airwaves, in February the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation that would increase maximum fines agai …"

Baby Bells paying to play

By John Dunbar

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chairman":

"… ank R. Wolf, R-Va., who oversees the agency's budget, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Michael Powell in late July asking him to "take steps internally to end th …"

"… ,974 to bring 21 FCC officials to its convention in Chicago, including FCC Chairman Michael Powell and Commissioners Kevin Martin and Jonathan Adelstein.In ad …"

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 "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

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 "head":

"… ago, it is not in its new markets. Despite the FCC rule, the company went ahead with the merger.The FCC can't do anything about the Times Mirror deal unti …"

"… p. and Fox has consumer advocates and competitors worrying that News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch may use the direct broadcast pipeline to push his own progr …"

The FCC's rapidly revolving door

By John Dunbar

SBC senior veep a glaring example

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chairman":

"… total of four times since she's been with SBC, including meetings with FCC Chairman Michael Powell's "senior legal adviser" on Jan. 22, Jan. 28 and Feb. 3 to …"

"… , for "serious violations of our local competition rules" according to FCC Chairman Powell.Despite the slow progress, long distance firms have made major inro …"

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

"… at various times. She was a telecommunications legal advisor to former FCC Chairman James H. Quello, legal advisor to former Commissioner Sherrie P. Marshall, …"


By Charles Lewis

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York Times":

"… respect enormously, Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, recently observed in a New York Times editorial that, "this shift could reduce the independence of the news medi …"


What is the Media Tracker?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lobbying":

"… e broken away from its previous owner and assessed to the new organization.Lobbying SpendingThe Center acquired its Lobbying data by downloading the filings f …"

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 "John McCain":

"… ion ineligible to give to your campaign.” …"