FEC sends senators erroneous warnings

By Dave Levinthal

Politicians received notices they violated election laws due to a communications mix-up.

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

"… er for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn of Georgia, told the Center for Public Integrity. "We definitely filed the report — no question," said Chris Crawford, s …"

Deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion blamed on regulatory failures

By The Center for Public Integrity

A 2013 blast at West Fertilizer that killed 14 "never should have occurred," Chemical Safety Board chairman says.

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

"… around the country that store ammonium nitrate. In a story last year, the Center for Public Integrity reported that investigations at the board had languished because of what s …"

Texas freezes agency's funding after air pollution data released

By Lisa Song

The Alamo Area Council of Governments had its funding frozen after releasing data linking oil and gas drilling to worsening air pollution.

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

"… after TCEQ decided to cut the agency's budget. InsideClimate News and the Center for Public Integrity have been reporting on air quality problems in the Eagle Ford fo …"

"… rt. However, Clawson, the TCEQ spokesman, told InsideClimate News and the Center for Public Integrity that the agency will review the model. Clawson didn't provide a timeline. …"

"… ding,” Wolverton said. This story is part of a project by the Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel. Lisa Song is a reporter for I …"

Chemical industry among big spenders on lobbying this quarter

By Dave Levinthal

New numbers indicate it's still good to be a lobbyist in America.

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

"… year’s first quarter than they did the year before, according to a Center for Public Integrity of analysis of new congressional disclosure reports and Center f …"

The 'McCutcheon' decision explained — more money to pour into political process

By Michael Beckel

The Supreme Court recently decided to eliminate 'aggregate limits' on contributions. We tell you what that means.

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

"… hat is pretty well saturated with it. So what does it all mean? We at the Center for Public Integrity shall try to provide some answers. What did the Supreme Court do? In ess …"

'Jumbo joints': How big will the newest political animals get?

By Michael Beckel

Supreme Court ruling has emboldened political groups designed to serve as collective fundraising operations.

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

"… irk Jowers, a campaign finance attorney at Caplin & Drysdale, told the Center for Public Integrity that the use of joint fundraising committees will "absolutely proliferate" …"

'Stop R.E.I.D. PAC' draws scrutiny of regulators

By Dave Levinthal

Regulators say conservative group should change its name.

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

"… candidates, PACs and party committees earlier this month. Backer told the Center for Public Integrity that the committee's name is, technically, Stop Reckless Economic Instabil …"

GOP official forms Montana-focused super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Republican accountant registers a new Montana-based super PAC as the state prepares for a heated Senate contest.

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

"… reenwood, the executive director of the Montana Republican Party, told the Center for Public Integrity that he was unaware of the new super PAC. “I’m afraid I don’t have …"

Counting how Primary Source is Webby worthy

Count the ways why the Center for Public Integrity's political blog should be named best in class.

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

"… of the world's top five political blogs for 2013? Being named No. 1. The Center for Public Integrity's Primary Source blog is currently in the running for this honor after the …"

Senate power players quarrel over fate of e-filing

By Michael Beckel

A growing number of senators voluntarily e-file their campaign finance reports. But will the practice ever be mandated?

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

"… ng and expenses, most ignored computers in favor of paper. According to a Center for Public Integrity review of Federal Election Commission records, just 21 lawmakers volu …"

"… a spokesman for Cochran — a longtime supporter of e-filing — told the Center for Public Integrity that “this commonsense legislation could be passed” with “some agree …"

The Center for Public Integrity's response to ABC News

By Bill Buzenberg

Setting the record straight over credit on the Pulitzer for investigative reporting.

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

"… ctor The Center for Public Integrity …"

"… us, without the Center’s deep investigative work. In short, without The Center for Public Integrity, this project would not exist. ABC would not have anything to show. This …"

"… With all good wishes, Bill William E. Buzenberg Executive Director The Center for Public Integrity …"

Super PAC leaders score perks from political donations

By Julie Patel

Super PAC founders enjoy fine dining, big salaries and a steady business for their consulting firms.

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

"… alling for the election or defeat of a federal candidate, according to the Center for Public Integrity’s analysis of recent FEC filings. Given that 2013 was not a regula …"

"… more like political party committees than independent outfits. Among the Center for Public Integrity’s findings about super PAC spending in 2013: Less than a sixth of the …"

Center wins first Pulitzer Prize

Winning investigation exposed the systematic denial of benefits to sufferers of black lung disease by lawyers and doctors.

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

"… gratulations to all of this year's Pulitzer Prize winners. …"

"… ournalism. The award, announced this afternoon, marks a first for the Center for Public Integrity. “The Center for Public Integrity could not be prouder of this incredib …"

"… this afternoon, marks a first for the Center for Public Integrity. “The Center for Public Integrity could not be prouder of this incredible honor — our first Pulitzer Prize …"

Report offers grim predictions for South Texas air quality amid Eagle Ford oil boom

By Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

State-funded study projects dramatic increase in emissions from oil and gas development by 2018.

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

"… ’s findings also have implications beyond San Antonio. In February, the Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel produced a series of reports a …"

"… n the next one.” Drilling for decades to come Documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity and InsideClimate News under the Texas Public Information Act show that th …"

"… the agency was compelled to provide documents related to the report to the Center for Public Integrity and InsideClimate News under the Public Information Act. The report relie …"

"… t worse is scary,” she said This story is part of a project by the Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel. Jim Morris is a senior r …"

Mudslinging at the FEC over disclosure

By Julie Patel

Controversy brews at elections agency over whether a conservative group should reveal its donors.

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

"… the public and to fulfill the purposes of the FEC,” Ravel told the Center for Public Integrity. “It’s about disclosure.” The criticism from her peers also follows …"

"… voted against allowing the agency to fight litigation, Weintraub told the Center for Public Integrity. FEC spokeswoman Judy Ingram said votes on litigation are made behind clos …"

"… chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, told the Center for Public Integrity last year that fighting for expanded disclosure at the federal level was a …"

Why aren't more people alarmed by the falling numbers of reporters?

By Bill Buzenberg

Skoll World Forum highlights the growing risks to journalists and investigative reporting worldwide.

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

"… journalism conferences anywhere.  Until next week,  Bill *The Center for Public Integrity has been funded over the years by the Knight Foundation but it is not a cu …"

Residents of polluted U.S. communities fear planned cuts in EPA enforcement

By Ronnie Greene and Chris Hamby

The EPA's "Next Generation Compliance" plan would lead to fewer inspections of, and enforcement actions against, polluters.

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

"… wide over the next five years. Those cutbacks — continuing a trend, the Center for Public Integrity found, that began in 2006 and accelerated last year — mean the EPA will …"

"… ution triggered by the utility’s coal ash ponds. Beginning in 2009, the Center for Public Integrity exposed the environmental perils of coal ash ponds. Earlier this …"

Help us win a Webby Award

Center project named one of the Internet's best political blogs.

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

"… Webby Award winners will be announced on April 29.     …"

"… ard in the same category. Today’s announcement marks the first time the Center for Public Integrity has been nominated for a Webby Award. Established in 1996, the Webby Awar …"

"… inner selected by online voters. In the best political blog category, the Center for Public Integrity is competing against The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Truthdig and Exit Syri …"

Center black lung series earns White House Correspondents’ Award

Center reporter Chris Hamby earned the Edgar A. Poe Award for 'Breathless and Burdened'; series also honored with James Aronson Award.

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

"… Times and Chattanooga Times Free Press. …"

More than a dozen states could throw out donation caps after McCutcheon ruling

By Michael Beckel

A Supreme Court ruling elminating aggregate limits on campaign contributions invalidates similar rules in states.

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

"… , who has been fighting campaign finance regulations for decades, told the Center for Public Integrity that states either need to repeal their existing aggregate limits on campa …"

"… nd Board of Elections’ candidacy and campaign finance division, told the Center for Public Integrity that the agency will be issuing new guidance “as soon as possible,” ad …"

How watchdog journalism makes a difference

By Bill Buzenberg

Impact from 'Breathless and Burdened' a textbook example of the power of relentless reporting.

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

"… honors. Until next time, Bill …"

"… ment agency. In the first line of an official Solicitor of Labor memo, the Center for Public Integrity’s published articles are cited as the reason  for the Labor Departm …"

"… We know that these actions are already being used in courtrooms, where The Center for Public Integrity’s investigation has been widely cited. “We really think this is going …"

McCutcheon ruling leaves room for legislative action

By Julie Patel

Court suggests regulatory moves in campaign finance decision that could mitigate potential corruption.

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

"… eagues” to do so, FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat, told the Center for Public Integrity Thursday after an agency meeting. But given the deep partisan divide in C …"

ICIJ offshore project wins IRE award, two environmental projects recognized

The Center for Public Integrity and its ICIJ receive four reporting honors from Investigative Reporters & Editors, the IRE announced.

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

"… lations to all winners and finalists. See the complete list here. …"

"… ara, Michael Hudson, Kimberley Porteous and David Donald from ICIJ and the Center for Public Integrity. Two other Center investigative projects, produced by the organization’ …"

Air monitoring in fracking areas fails to detect spikes in toxic emissions, new study says

By Lisa Song and Jim Morris

A new study finds that common air monitoring methods are all but useless in capturing intense, short-term emissions from gas development.

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

"… le Ford Shale in South Texas, the subject of a recent investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel. While residents want to know …"

"… f its experts available for phone interviews.) InsideClimate News and the Center for Public Integrity reviewed more than a dozen TCEQ investigation reports on Eagle Ford oil an …"

"… production sites. This report is part of a joint project by the Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel. Lisa Song is with Inside …"

"… r Channel. Lisa Song is with InsideClimate News and Jim Morris is with the Center for Public Integrity. InsideClimate News reporter Zahra Hirji contributed to this art …"

Supreme Court opens door to flood of political cash — again

By Michael Beckel

Citing First Amendment concerns, 5-4 Supreme Court majority tosses out aggregate limits on campaign contributions.

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

"… regate limit on donations to candidates, according to data provided to the Center for Public Integrity by the Center for Responsive Politics. And about 1,700 people hit the aggr …"

"… to survive under the logic of the McCutcheon opinion,” Mitrani told the Center for Public Integrity.    …"

States target toxic chemicals as Washington fails to act

By Ronnie Greene

In state capitols from Maine to Oregon, environmental advocates are filing bills to identify and ban noxious chemicals.

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

"… tle more than 200 existing chemicals,” and banned five, the EPA told The Center for Public Integrity. Everyone wants to revamp TSCA — from the industry’s $100 million lob …"

"… son, deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency for Natural Resources. As the Center for Public Integrity reported last year, the American Chemistry Council and other industry grou …"

New report ranks best, worst states for kids of all ethnicities

By Susan Ferriss

Ethnic minority children will be majority of U.S. kids in four years, but face barriers to success in some places.

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

"… plans to include families in workforce development and job creation. The Center for Public Integrity has received grants from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to pursue independe …"

Treasury to Comerica: Take our money, please!

By Daniel Wagner

Officials handed bank tens of millions, asked few question, in troubled card program.

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

"… o paper checks that Treasury has phased out in an effort to cut costs. The Center for Public Integrity first reported on the extra payments and other problems with Dir …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

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

"… use colleges and universities with more than $12.7 million, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Internal Revenue Service tax filings. The vast majority of th …"

"… ens of primarily health, civic, religious, media and arts charities. (The Center for Public Integrity receives funding from the Open Society Foundations, which Soros funds …"

"… m the Open Society Foundations, which Soros funds. A complete list of Center for Public Integrity funders is found here.) Meanwhile, movie producer and Democratic bank …"

Ready for Hillary courts super PAC skeptics

By Michael Beckel

Ready for Hillary is courting 'Citizens United' skeptics — and finding success.

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

"… linton deserves to be the first woman president,” Bremer Muggli told the Center for Public Integrity. “I wanted to jump in early and say ‘Please run’ right away.” Lik …"

"… he word, Joanne Skillings, a health industry consultant in Maine, told the Center for Public Integrity that she was “willing to take the risk” in order to make a gesture of …"

"… half of the money it raised in 2013, according to figures provided to the Center for Public Integrity by the super PAC. Residents of New York combined to give just shy of $1 m …"

"… s. Similarly, none of the other Ready for Hillary donors contacted by the Center for Public Integrity said they would lament their super PAC contributions if Clinton opts again …"

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