Deadbeat politicos outrun federal enforcers

By Dave Levinthal

Sharpton, Gingrich committees among dozens that owe taxpayers money.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… gal campaign contributions, according to federal records. It also owes the Federal Election Commission several thousand dollars in unpaid fines, even after paying off a separate …"

Senate transparency push gets new GOP allies

By Michael Beckel

A bipartisan group of lawmakers will soon introduce a bill requiring Senate candidates to electronically file campaign finance documents.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… nts — choose to e-file copies of their campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission.     …"

Republican bills take aim at EPA science, rulemaking

By David Heath

Already limited in its ability to evaluate toxic chemicals, the EPA is targeted by Republican legislation the White House pledges to veto.

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

"… s found ways to put limits on the Environmental Protection Agency. As the Center for Public Integrity reported last week, Republicans used the appropriations process to make it …"

National donors pick winners in state elections

By Ben Wieder, Kytja Weir, Reity O'Brien and Rachel Baye

Two giant D.C.-based players dominated political giving in 2014 state-level elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… mid-1980s. “Obviously, it’s grown beyond that.” Its competitor, the Democratic Governors Association, gave $32 million and ranked second among the sugar daddies of 2014, accor …"

"… 2014. Meanwhile, four of the five largest contributors to the counterpart Democratic Governors Association were also familiar names from the top 50 list: Michael Bloomberg and branc …"

"… , state records collected by the Center for Public Integrity show that the Democratic Governors Association gave more than $6 million to a group called Making Colorado Great, wh …"

Thank you and farewell

By Bill Buzenberg

Bill Buzenburg on his eight years as Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity

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

"… er.” Thank you all.   …"

"… than $50 million in the last eight years, I am pleased to report that The Center for Public Integrity is supported by as many as 50 different foundations and thousands of indiv …"

"… inancial deficit I faced in my first days on the job. The 25-year-old Center for Public Integrity is a well-respected, efficiently run nonprofit institution, with a profess …"

"… an outsider’s eye on how I might be able help the new leadership at the Center for Public Integrity,  so it will continue to succeed as it changes and adapts over the ne …"

Obama's EPA breaks pledge to divorce politics from science on toxic chemicals

By David Heath

To the delight of industry, the EPA is completing fewer chemical assessments than ever before.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… promising to fix the economy and lower the cost of health care, President Barack Obama made this pledge: "We'll restore science to its rightful place." It migh …"

Romney's top fundraisers consider bailing

By Carrie Levine

As the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee considers another bid, Jeb Bush and other 2016 hopefuls try to poach top fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… s working to clinch the nomination, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign finance data. Romney’s own campaign committee ra …"

"… full 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and President Barack Obama’s campaign committee raised $715 million for …"

"… a co-chair of Romney’s 2012 campaign, recently told Bloomberg Politics he was “not happy” with Romney’s re-emergence as a potential 2016 ca …"

Standard and Poor's enforcement falls short

By Jared Bennett

The SEC levied fines and a one-year ban on credit rating titan S&P but did not address key issues identified in a Center report.

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

"… director of the SEC Enforcement Division said in a statement. But as the Center for Public Integrity reported last year, the credit rating industry has managed to avoid major …"

Yellowstone spill contaminates drinking water with carcinogen benzene

By Jim Morris

Authorities found the chemical, a component of crude oil, in drinking water downstream of an oil spill in Montana's Yellowstone River.

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

"… ot to drink or cook with city water until the benzene levels subside. The Center for Public Integrity reported in December that the petrochemical industry spent at least $36 mi …"

IRS rarely audits nonprofits for politicking

By Julie Patel

New documents show the federal tax agency almost never audits nonprofit groups for illegal politicking.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… has accelerated since 2010, when the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision ushered in unprecedented election spending by nonprofit organizat …"

"… egulating political speech.  Other federal regulators — namely, the Federal Election Commission — exist to regulate political campaigns and election activities,” the …"

12 ways 'Citizens United' has changed politics

By Michael Beckel and Jared Bennett

Here are 12 stories that illuminate the ways 'Citizens United' has changed the political landscape.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ame candidate-specific super PACs, like those in 2012 that aided President Barack Obama and his GOP rival, Mitt Romney. The 2014 election cycle brought on the new …"

States continue war over Obamacare

By Fred Schulte

State lawmakers at odds over hundreds of bills to either cripple or prop up Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kentucky":

"… se they claim to represent.” Similar bills have been advanced in Oregon, Kentucky and California. Compact Lens The Health Care Compact Alliance attacks Oba …"

U.S. Supreme Court to rule on judicial campaign contributions

By Reity O'Brien

Florida free speech case before U.S. Supreme Court could overturn 30 states' bans on judicial candidates asking for campaign donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… regulation, George said. The decisions in the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and 2014 McCutcheon v. FEC cases expanded freedoms for …"

Why industry is trying to tell you how to think

By Erin Quinn, Chris Young and Kimberley Porteous

How we investigated the top message peddlers influencing public policy — and why you should care.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… groups wield, they think mainly about the work they do lobbying members of Congress. Much less attention is paid to how they use public relations and advertis …"

President favors cities offering broadband service

By Alison Fitzgerald and Allan Holmes

President to come out against state laws that prohibit cities from offering broadband service to citizens.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… nth on requests by two southern cities, Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina, asking it to override state laws restricting the ability of local governm …"

"… e, which has a strong publicly-owned broadband network, with Fayetteville, North Carolina, which was thwarted from allowing its residents to tap into the city’s g …"

Who needs lobbyists? See what big business spends to win American minds

By Erin Quinn and Chris Young

Trade groups pay top PR, advertising firms $1.2 billion over five years to influence public.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Petroleum":

"… enter for Public Integrity investigation. Take, for example, the American Petroleum Institute. The oil and gas industry trade group spent more than $7 million …"

"… d by the $327.4 million-worth of contracts Edelman inked with the American Petroleum Institute — consistently the largest contracts the Center found in five …"

"… ics. [See Methodology.] Edelman’s lucrative contracts with the American Petroleum Institute helped the PR giant earn $346.8 million, significantly more mone …"

"… alysis. Its public relations and advertising clients included the American Petroleum Institute ($27.6 million) and CropLife America ($1.5 million), which repre …"

Center’s Medicare Advantage Money Grab series wins Meyer Journalism Award

By William Gray

Center’s ground-breaking Medicare Advantage investigation named first-place winner of the 2014 Philip Meyer Journalism Award.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… eyer, professor and former Knight Chair of journalism at the University of North Carolina, who pioneered the use of survey research in journalism as a reporter for …"

Liberal ‘dark money’ group could face IRS fine

By Michael Beckel

Union-backed Pennsylvanians for Accountability could face IRS fine after failing to file a mandatory tax return.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ections, thanks, in part, to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010, which allowed corporations, including certain nonprofit co …"

'Zombie' homes get facelift after Center report

By Alison Fitzgerald

Foreclosure crisis left some homes empty and untended. Wells Fargo addressing problem in St. Petersburg.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… according to RealtyTrac, a real estate industry market research firm. The Tampa-St. Petersburg area stands out, with 7,509 abandoned homes out of 26,810 p …"

State politics findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

What you need to know about the money behind state-level offices.

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

"… in 63 percent of the races in which they were involved. Keep reading …"

National security findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

Investigations into nuclear proliferation, the war against terror and the conduct of U.S. officials.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… tured by at least 21 different countries, including China, Russia, and the United States. This is just the latest finding to document the missteps and unintended c …"

Broadband findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

The Center's best stories about the telecommunications industry from 2014.

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

"… tical spectrum made themselves heard. With those developments in mind, the Center for Public Integrity began investigating the political power of companies in the information te …"

Juvenile justice findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

The Center for Public Integrity's best juvenile justice reporting from 2014.

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

"… of the legal system, often with life and death consequences. In 2014, the Center for Public Integrity told some of their stories. This week we're highlighting our major i …"

By the numbers: a 2014 money-in-politics index

We crunch a lot of numbers at the Center for Public Integrity. These are some from 2014 that stand out.

Finance findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

How big financial institutions profit off homeowners, investors and consumers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank of America":

"… ce system. In the wake of the Center's investigation, the no-bid contracts Bank of America and JPMorgan enjoy in federal prisons have been questioned by senators and …"

Environment stories you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

We spent 2014 combing through legislation, documents and emissions data to investigate how big companies put people at risk.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Benzene":

"… eading 2. The $36 million 'research strategy' behind Benzene regulations Benzene, a known human carcinogen, has been the subject of scientific studies for …"

Health care findings you may have missed in 2014

By The Center for Public Integrity

$70 billion in "improper" Medicare Advantage payments and the problem shared by 80 percent of nursing homes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid":

"… Home Compare to Medicare cost reports, which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services say are more accurate indications of staffing levels, to show whi …"

Federal politics findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

Were you paying attention? Here are some of the major money-in-politics stories the Center helped bring to light in 2014.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… fluential than ever. Keep reading …"

Coal ash no worse than everyday trash, EPA rules

The EPA announced what it called a "milestone" rule for toxic coal ash, but critics say it doesn't go far enough.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… acks on our nation's abundant and affordable energy resources.” …"

'I Can't Breathe' now a federal super PAC

By Liz Essley Whyte

A New York activist wants to honor Eric Garner, who died in police custody, though a new political committee.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tarik Mohamed":

"… deral Election Commission’s stamp of approval this week after New Yorker Tarik Mohamed, a visual communications strategist for Outfront Media and a volunteer for …"

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