Conservative group fumbles disclosure in new tax document

By Michael Beckel

Koch-linked nonprofit American Commitment to amend tax documents after questions from the Center for Public Integrity.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… difficult," said Robert Maguire, a researcher at the Center for Responsive Politics, which monitors money in Politics. "When organizations aren't careful how …"

Reporter's toolkit: Investigating sexual assault on your campus

By Kristen Lombardi

How to investigate the ways your school deals with sexual assault allegations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Privacy":

"… t? Findings? Conclusions? The Law The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Passed in November, 1974, FERPA is a federal law that prote …"

Koch-linked organization uses ‘dark money’ to fight political disclosure

By Michael Beckel

Most of the $13 million raised by American Commitment has come three Koch-backed groups.

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

"… ghts and Free Enterprise America, according to tax filings reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. The Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce — which has been called “th …"

"… ts of free speech and free association,” Kerpen wrote in an email to the Center for Public Integrity. (Update, 7:02 p.m., Nov. 20, 2014: This story has been updated …"

PR firm busts disclosure deadline while representing Burkina Faso

By Carrie Levine

CD Global Strategies took months — instead of 10 days — to inform the Justice Department of its work for Burkina Faso.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Africa":

"… human rights and civil promotion, in the midst of civil unrest in her West African nation, traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress an …"

"… ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations; Sen. …"

"… y. CD Global Strategies also on Nov. 11 first disclosed work for the West African nation of Togo under an agreement dated Sept. 19, nearly two months earli …"

Crossroads GPS' cash plummeted in 2013

By Carrie Levine

Conservative nonprofit's income drop coincided with a non-election year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… cates for Republican candidates. Crossroads GPS and its sister super PAC, American Crossroads, reported spending a combined $176.4 million on the 2012 elections, accord …"

Grover Norquist nonprofit funded pro-Republican women’s group

By Michael Beckel

Conservative-leaning Independent Women's Voice got 13 percent of its revenue last year from Americans for Tax Reform, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert. It also wants to see President Barack Obama’s health care reform law repealed. That spending was part of an overall …"

Congress' never-ending political money chase

By Dave Levinthal

Congressional lawmakers are hard at work raising campaign cash in D.C. as lame duck session begins.

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

"… eady back on the fundraising trail, according to documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity: Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., will hold court Wednesday evening at Rosa Me …"

Nursing homes serving minorities offering less care than those housing whites

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Nursing homes serving blacks, Latinos provide less daily registered nurse care than those housing whites.

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

"… or the period two weeks before annual nursing home quality surveys. But a Center for Public Integrity investigation has raised questions about the accuracy of the oft-used Nurs …"

Slow start to Landrieu's runoff campaign

By Dave Levinthal

Louisiana's incumbent U.S. senator goes dark as runoff opponent Bill Cassidy airs hundreds of post-Election Day TV ads

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee":

"… re nowhere to be found on Louisiana's airwaves after Election Day. And the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reportedly canceled its scheduled ad buys buoying Landrieu. Cassidy's cam …"

Nearly 100,000 negative ads helped turn tide in Florida elections

By Michael Beckel, Reity O'Brien and Kytja Weir

Battles over the U.S. Senate and governorships dominated TV commercial breaks.

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

"… cal ads. Here’s a tally of how the TV ad wars played out, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of preliminary data from media tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG. …"

"… or state-level offices, ballot measures and the U.S. Senate. Source: Center for Public Integrity analysis of preliminary data through Nov. 4 from Kantar Media/CMAG.   …"

Poorly rated nursing homes got HUD-guaranteed mortgages anyway

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Hundreds of poorly rated facilities received mortgage guarantees.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… am — from the Government Accountability Office and HUD’s Office of the Inspector General — don’t seem to have made much difference. HUD spokesman Brian Sulliv …"

Hate political ads? Skip morning shows

By Dave Levinthal

'Today,' 'Good Morning America' were top draws for U.S. Senate message machines ahead of the 2014 midterms.

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

"… 2014 midterm elections than any other television programs, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of data provided by tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG. The weekday …"

Prison banker cuts fees after Center report

By Daniel Wagner

A prison financial services company cut the fees it charges inmates' families after Center report on high costs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… t funds sent by mail but most offer money order deposits as a free option. Florida, an outlier, charges its own processing fee for money order deposits. Befo …"

"… with Kansas to eliminate the fee for money order deposits in that state. Florida also charges a 50 cent fee for money order deposits, according to the stat …"

Methodology for our nursing homes investigation

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein and Ben Wieder

Center compared self-reported staffing numbers with Medicare data

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

"… eived an earlier loan. …"

Running a five-star nursing home

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Top-rated homes had more nurses, less turnover

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

"… nt staffing levels and a five-star rating, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity. The Center’s analysis of more than 10,000 nursing homes found consisten …"

Analysis shows widespread discrepancies in staffing levels reported by nursing homes

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Analysis shows staffing levels lower than what's reported on public website.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… sp;Charlene Harrington, professor emeritus of nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2012 more than 700 facilities, including more than 250 …"

Koch-backed nonprofit raised $44 million in 2013

By Michael Beckel

ObamaCare-bashing Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, raised $44 million in 2013.

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

"… — both records for a non-election year for the group — according to a Center for Public Integrity review of recently filed tax documents. By contrast, in 2011, the group …"

"… red more than 28,000 TV ads in contested U.S. Senate races, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of data provided by Kantar Media/CMAG, a firm that tracks political …"

"… ty raised a whopping $115 million and spent more than $122 million, as the Center for Public Integrity first reported. This year, it reportedly planned to spend $125 million. …"

Years after black lung claim was wrongly denied, coal miner gets his due

By Chris Hamby

After more than nine years of fighting, coal miner Steve Day was posthumously awarded federal black lung benefits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Johns Hopkins":

"… gfully denied primarily because of reports and testimony by doctors at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, which had become the coal industry's go-to instituti …"

"… y definitively showed that the negative readings in his case by doctors at Johns Hopkins were wrong. "I think he would be very happy now," Day's daughter Patience …"

"… ealed that, in more than 1,500 cases decided since 2000, the leader of the Johns Hopkins unit, Dr. Paul Wheeler, never once found a case of severe black lung, …"

"… to denials of many miners' claims. After Wheeler's record came to light, Johns Hopkins suspended its black lung X-ray reading program and said it was beginning a …"

Ballot measure backers spend big, win big

By Liz Essley Whyte

Of the most expensive ballot races, top spenders won over voters in 21 of 25 contests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… Planned Parenthood-backed organizations won on abortion-related issues in North Dakota and Colorado and lost in Tennessee, which passed a measure that declares t …"

GOP rides cavalry to U.S. Senate majority

By Michael Beckel, Dave Levinthal and Carrie Levine

Super PACs, 'dark money' nonprofits help make Election Day difference as Republicans seize a U.S. Senate majority

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… Public Integrity tracked political advertising in races for the U.S. Senate, state-level offices and state ballot measures. Use th …"

"… s. They were right. On Tuesday night, Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in eight years. In many of the states the GOP won Tues …"

"… ral Election Commission ruling in 2010. Democrats, who enjoyed a six-seat Senate majority going into Election Day, attempted to defend themselves from an e …"

"… als, and liberal donors dug deep to support a pro-Democratic super PAC — Senate Majority PAC — that became the top sponsor of Senate-focused campaign ad …"

Ad war winners take governors' mansions

By Ben Wieder, Reity O'Brien and Rachel Baye

Three out of four races won by top spending candidates and their allies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… ups were the Republican Governors Association ($28.5 million) and the Democratic Governors Association ($17.2 million), national committees that spend and raise millions to elec …"

The meanest U.S. Senate races of all

By Chris Kirk and Dave Levinthal

Many of the nation's most competitive U.S. races featured the most negative political advertising.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… of the nasty political ads that have dominated them. In the 34 states with Senate seats up for grabs, candidates and political groups ran more than 1 millio …"

"… Media/CMAG, an advertising tracking firm. About 46 percent of those U.S. Senate ads were straight-up attack ads, but in some states it was far more than h …"

Meet Center reporters at our Nov. 13 event in D.C.

By William Gray

Center for Public Integrity is holding its 2nd Silver Symposium at the National Press Club, and you're invited.

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

"… lism over 40 years are immeasurable and during his eight years here at the Center for Public Integrity, we won our first Pulitzer Prize. The theme of the evening is the po …"

"… mering, Founder of NPR’s All Things Considered; Charles Lewis, Founder, Center for Public Integrity; Sal Giambanco, Partner, Omidyar Network; Elizabeth Christopherson, Pres …"

Surprise! No. 1 super PAC backs Democrats

By Carrie Levine and Dave Levinthal

To the surprise of many, the top-spending super PAC this election backs Democrats, not Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… is a fraction of the close to $700 million the Center for Responsive Politics predicts outside groups will spend on the midterm elections. Overall,  …"

More scrutiny coming for Medicare Advantage, Obamacare

By Fred Schulte

New round of audits coming; Obamacare too.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… erly to Health plans rapidly expanding under the Affordable Care Act. The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, which investigates Medicar …"

"… ting illness, according to Richard Kronick, director of the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. “I would not be surprised if there is some fr …"

Election 2014 by the numbers

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights key facts about the most expensive midterm in history.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… Cook Political Report, Federal Election Commission, Center for Responsive Politics and Sunlight Foundation. Rachel Baye, Carrie Levine, Dave Levinthal, Reit …"

'Banking Caucus' member aims for Senate

By Alison Fitzgerald

Republican candidate for Senate U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito defends little banks but big banks benefit too.

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

"… “Congressional Banking Caucus,” a group of lawmakers identified by the Center for Public Integrity as especially solicitous to the banking industry. They are all members of …"

"… al Services Committee and three have been passed to the Senate. Since the Center for Public Integrity published a report on these lawmakers in April, their efforts to reshape t …"

Mega-donors give big to state candidates

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien and Ben Wieder

More than two dozen donors have given at least $1 million to state-level campaigns ahead of Nov. 4.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… state records by the nonpartisan National Institute on Money in State Politics, top donors include: Illinois Republican candidate Bruce Rauner, who ha …"

"… ons, though, are not reflected in the National Institute on Money in State Politics’ data. A representative for Litwin did not respond to requests for comm …"

"… ups, having given $14 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. A representative for Eychaner declined to comment. On the other side, G …"

"… ance reports not yet processed by the National Institute on Money in State Politics and is not reflected in overall contribution totals. Liz Essley Whyte con …"

U.S. Senate races to attract 1 million TV ads

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Super PACs, nonprofits help fuel relentlessly negative messaging in U.S. Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee":

"… s — more than any other single week during the 2014 election cycle. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee and pro-Democrat super PAC Senat …"

Center wins four Eppy awards

By William Gray

The Center was honored with four awards from Editor & Publisher including Investigative/Enterprise Feature.

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

"… ;Editor & Publisher.  Congratulations to all of the winners. …"

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