Building a tax fairyland in Luxembourg in five not-so-easy steps

By Alison Fitzgerald and Kimberley Porteous

How The Walt Disney Co. gathered ownership of its empire, from Australia to Denmark to the Cayman Islands, into Luxembourg.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… hip of WDI Ltd., and by extension more than a dozen Disney subsidiaries in Europe and Australia, into a Cayman Islands-registered company called Hammersmith …"

Center report spurs investigation of Bank of America, JPMorgan prison deals

By Daniel Wagner

No-bid contracts with Bank of America and JPMorgan under government scrutiny after Center report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Bureau of Prisons":

"… mail service and other technology inside the 121 facilities managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The contract has been amended 22 times since it was awarded without compe …"

Senator questions Bank of America’s no-bid prison deal

By Daniel Wagner

After a Center report, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, says Bank of America's no-bid prison banking deal "raises significant questions"

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… s significant questions.” Grassley is the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department. He could becom …"

"… uld become chairman of the committee if Republicans gain a majority in the Senate after this fall’s election. Prisons account for more than one-fourth of …"

Megabanks have prison financial services market locked up

By Daniel Wagner

Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase & Co. avoid competitive bidding process in contracts serving federal prisoners.

Excerpts from this story referencing "JPMorgan Chase":

"… nders. On Wall Street, Bank of America plays a perpetual second fiddle to JPMorgan Chase & Co., the only U.S. bank that holds more assets. A few blocks north, …"

How big telecom smothers city-run broadband

By Allan Holmes

Municipal broadband boosts business, but often stops at city limits thanks to lobbying muscle of telecom giants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Karl Rove":

"… ossroads GPS, the nonprofit political outside spending group co-founded by Karl Rove; and the tea party-backed FreedomWorks Inc. Thad Nation, a former staffer …"

Potential Sprint, T-Mobile marriage threatens consumer gains

By Allan Holmes

Sprint, T-Mobile fought to maintain competition, merger talks show they're giving in.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Communications":

"… imed at making the combined company a more formidable competitor to giants Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc., which together claim 68 percent of U.S. wireless s …"

Name calling won't silence investigative reporting

By Bill Buzenberg

How a Verizon flack's tweet clinched more readers for our wireless investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bloomberg":

"… even more control of wireless spectrum. Holmes, who joined the Center from Bloomberg News, naturally sought to obtain interviews and information from the indus …"

Wireless companies fight for their futures

By Allan Holmes

A rare auction of wireless spectrum may determine who controls your cell phone.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… million for lobbying on a range of issues, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks lobbying spending. AT&T spent the 11th largest amount of …"

Comcast, Time Warner rivals may see opportunity in mega-merger

By Allan Holmes

The Comcast-Time Warner merger may be embraced by industry rivals who see an opportunity for their own deals.

Corporate subsidy deals don’t always deliver

By Julie Patel

Popular business incentive programs can help politicians win favor with voters and companies.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Subsidies":

"… offset by some cut to another public priority or higher taxes," he said. Subsidies are popular with politicians because they can help them get elected in two …"

T-Mobile’s lobbying spending may be paying off

By Allan Holmes

The No. 4 wireless carrier sees its lobbying investments paying off in D.C.

Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Thomas Pyle":

"… brothers Charles and David Koch and led by former Koch Industries lobbyist Thomas Pyle. Ahead of the 2012 presidential election, the American Energy Alliance org …"

AT&T buoyed in lobbying push against spectrum auction limits

By Allan Holmes

Expect telecom giant to fight FCC on spectrum auction limits following T-Mobile airwaves purchase.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Communications":

"… onsive Politics. In 2011, AT&T spent $20.2 million and ranked eighth. Verizon Communications was close behind, having spent $15.2 million in 2012 and placing 15th on t …"

IMPACT: Treasury to open Comerica deal to new bids after CPI report

By Daniel Wagner

Multimillion-dollar government deal with Comerica will be re-bid in 2015 after reports of lack of transparency and competition.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Social Security":

"… ive contract to issue Direct Express cards, which Treasury uses to deliver Social Security and other benefits to people who do not directlly deposit benefits into a …"

Civil rights group's FCC positions reflect industry funding, critics say

By Jason McLure

Civil rights organization often agrees with industry backers on FCC issues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Communication":

"… ntributed to this report.     …"

"… f dollars his group had received from CBS Corp., radio giant Clear Channel Communications Inc., Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and the National Association of Broadca …"

"… n-profit MMTC began accepting donated broadcast properties. In 2008, Mega Communications, a Spanish radio network owned by New York art collector Adam Lindemann, …"

"… old the station for $1.15 million last year to Christian broadcaster Salem Communications. In 2010, Trinity Broadcasting Network donated 147 low-power television …"

'Upset' emissions: Flares in the air, worry on the ground

By Kristen Lombardi and Andrea Fuller

Residents living along the chemical corridor of Texas and Louisiana often encounter 'upset' emissions -- triggering pollution, health fears.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP refinery":

"… osed to the poster child of all upsets — the “40-day Release” at the BP refinery, in Texas City, which belched 514,795 pounds of benzene and 20 other pollu …"

Warehouse worker lawsuit targets Walmart

By Jim Morris and Adithya Sambamurthy

Warehouse laborers, citing oppressive conditions and unpaid wages, contend Walmart is among those responsible.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Walmart":

"… workers at a Southern California warehouse complex took steps today to add Walmart as a defendant in an ongoing federal lawsuit. The move is expected to draw …"

"… een tangentially involved – and raises questions about the human cost of Walmart’s tightly controlled supply chain, which relies heavily on contractors a …"

"… d supply chain, which relies heavily on contractors and subcontractors. “Walmart employs a network of contractors and subcontractors who have habitually br …"

"… Public Integrity and the Center for Investigative Reporting. “We believe Walmart knows exactly what is happening and is ultimately responsible for stealing …"

Surveillance requests to cellphone carriers surge

By The Associated Press

Police agencies made 1.3 million surveillance requests to US cellphone carriers in 2011

Judge in Citigroup case has bucked trend of rubber stamping SEC settlements

SEC has long history of settling cases without requiring companies to admit guilt

Excerpts from this story referencing "Goldman Sachs":

"… arbara Jones recently approved the agency’s $535 million settlement with Goldman Sachs, and federal judge Richard Berman recently OK’d a $154 million settlemen …"

Heart testing bill signed by Perry required unnecessary tests, critics charge

By Rochelle Sharpe

Medical experts say measure signed by Perry requires unnecessary testing

As they lobby for a tax holiday, some big multinational players say they've got plenty of cash on hand

By John Aloysius Farrell and Aaron Mehta

Big corporations seeking tax holiday are sitting on billions in U.S.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Treasury":

"… als and trade groups pushing for the tax break. The holiday could cost the U.S. Treasury as much as $80 billion, one reason why its prospects are mixed as Washingt …"

Charities supporting AT&T’s buyout of T-Mobile have financial incentive

By Jason McLure

Charities that received big dollars from AT&T supporting phone giant's buyout of T-Mobile

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… 99 lobbyists, including seven former members of Congress, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. It has spent $11.7 million, ranking behind only General Electric Co. and …"

Mortgage industry tanks, fraud continues at Countrywide

By Michael Hudson

As the mortgage industry melted down, fraud investigator kept up the pressure, soon lost her job

Excerpts from this story referencing "official":

"… eported this, she said, to her supervisors, to Countrywide human-resources officials and to the company’s fraud hotline. The company responded, her lawsuit …"

"… ahead of her. She was supposed to meet the following week, she says, with officials from the bank’s federal regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the …"

"… t was a call she’d been expecting from a Bank of America human-resources official. She thought they would be discussing salary structure for her team member …"

"… ng salary structure for her team members.Instead, with the Bank of America official on the phone, two Countrywide officials walked into her office, turning it …"

Windfalls of war: Taxpayers get hammered by Pentagon attempts to "one-stop-shop"

By Sharon Weinberger

Pentagon abused its sole-source authority on weapons from tankers to choppers

Excerpts from this story referencing "University School":

"… n Schooner, a professor of government procurement law at George Washington University School of Law. He said any improvement—“slight as it may be”— doesn’t n …"

Dodd-Frank author is proudest of "skin in the game" requirement for mortgage securitizers

By Shirley Gao

Rep. Barney Frank defends Dodd-Frank law as first anniversary nears

Excerpts from this story referencing "Financial Services Committee":

"… campaign sums to lawmakers overseeing their industry, making a seat on the Financial Services Committee “downright lucrative,” the news magazine said.Booming business for law …"

DuPont considered, then rejected, safer handling method for chemical that killed worker

By Jim Morris

DuPont ignored near-miss accidents, poor maintenance at W. Virginia planted to poor maintenance

Boeing pocketed millions by overcharging Army, IG report finds

By Ben Wieder

Boeing overcharged the Army $13 million for helicopter parts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Corpus Christi Army Depot":

"… he second largest Pentagon contractor in fiscal year 2010, overcharged the Corpus Christi Army Depot for 18 different parts, including $3,369.48 for a plain stud available fro …"

Bank of America, tech VP clash over money-laundering detection

By Michael Hudson

Bank of America Corp. faces myriad disputes with whistleblowers, state attorneys general, and homeowners after surviving the U.S. financial

Excerpts from this story referencing "Merrill Lynch":

"… s and the federal government in order to complete the bank’s takeover of Merrill Lynch. The lawsuit, which resulted from a joint investigation with the special i …"

Customers close accounts to protest Wall Street, abusive lending practices

Angry at Wall Street over the financial crisis and consumer credit practices seen as predatory, some consumers have opted to close their acc

Excerpts from this story referencing "Public Integrity":

"… ’t trust them,” she said.Editor's note: Late last year, The Center for Public Integrity merged with the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, which was chaired by A …"

Obama’s new chief of staff sought to loosen post-Enron corporate reforms

By Michael Hudson

William M. Daley, President Barack Obama's new chief of staff, is a major Wall Street player who sought to loosen corporate reform laws and

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Wall Street Journal":

"… fight this spring over the Obama administration’s financial reform bill, The Wall Street Journal reported that JPMorgan opposed the creation of the proposed Consumer Finan …"