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 "spokesman":

"… the Inspector General — don’t seem to have made much difference. HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan wrote in an email that the average overall quality rating o …"

"… programs in the near future,” the GAO wrote in 1995. But HUD spokesman Sullivan said the agency’s management of the program has indeed improved …"

'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.

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 "JPay Inc.":

"… ve deals with prisons. The first part of the series detailed how JPay Inc., a Miami-based technology company, has gained access to 70 percent of U.S. …"

Health insurers turning into who knows what?

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: health insurers are transforming themselves — but into what?

Treasury extends controversial bank-card deal with Comerica

By Daniel Wagner

Treasury extends Comerica program that exposed the elderly and poor to fraud.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Elizabeth Warren":

"… r bank partner after senators pummeled him during a hearing. Sen Elizabeth Warren asked incredulously if “we agreed to give Comerica — we, the U.S. gove …"

Medicare Advantage patients find themselves in regulatory limbo

By Fred Schulte

States lack oversight but feds are struggling to keep with fast-growing health plans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid Services":

"… formal complaint, and about two dozen others, to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Marilyn B. Tavenner. Swanson asked the federal officia …"

Chattanooga wants feds to pre-empt broadband ban

By Allan Holmes

Tennessee city seeks to expand municipal broadband service, pre-empting industry-backed state ban.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… R-Nebraska, Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Marco Rubio, R-Florida, wrote a letter warning Wheeler not to act on the state laws, sa …"

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 "Federal Communications Commission":

"… percent. Just last month, T-Mobile and Sprint succeeded in convincing the Federal Communications Commission to ensure that smaller wireless companies had a shot a buying valuable new …"

Court reopens third case after Center uncovered judicial conflicts of interest

By Chris Young

Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reopens 2007 case after Center alerts judge that his wife owned ExxonMobil stock when he ruled on case.

Tobacco money fuels gay Republicans, business organizations

By Michael Beckel

Reynolds American gave thousands of dollars to politically active nonprofits such as the Log Cabin Republicans, Americans for Prosperity.

Center's report on troubled teens wins prestigious Tobenkin Award

'Throwaway Kids' honored with Columbia Journalism School award.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… s.” The series also was awarded a third prize in the National Awards for Education Reporting, given by the Education Writers Association. Judges in that cont …"

"… a third prize in the National Awards for Education Reporting, given by the Education Writers Association. Judges in that contest described Ferriss’ work as …"

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 "the Direct Express":

"… ing to save money, Treasury officials pressured vulnerable citizens to use the Direct Express cards. Comerica issued the cards under a contract that was supposed to be …"

"… pening them to new bids. Treasury, however, announced that it would rebid the Direct Express contract shortly after the Center’s earlier report was published. An of …"

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 "Internet":

"… way. It began when Senior Reporter Allan Holmes, who covers broadband and Internet governance, was working on an investigation into corporate concentration i …"

Corporate subsidy deals don’t always deliver

By Julie Patel

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

Delay of long-awaited refinery accident report signals divisions at Chemical Safety Board

By Chris Hamby

A last-minute change to a public meeting on a 2010 explosion at the Tesoro refinery in Washington State has board members "embarrassed."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… antially since 2006, a Center for Public Integrity analysis found, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general said in a report last August that the CSB’s growin …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… the giants and attract new customers. It needed help in Washington to gain Federal Communications Commission approval to purchase other wireless companies and ensure new policies make …"

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 "ExxonMobil Corp.":

"… me of the nation’s largest companies — including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., ExxonMobil Corp. and AT&T Inc. — do not voluntarily disclose their political spending …"

Dow Chemical backed anti-union nonprofit with $2 million donation

By Michael Beckel and Erin Quinn

Nonprofit opposed pro-union ballot measure in Michigan with help of $2 million from chemical giant.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… ity in our campaigns,” he said. …"

"… ernance” disclosures, however, shows several of these politically active Michigan-based nonprofits received donations from companies including health insure …"

"… tution. The top underwriters of the ballot measure’s opposition were the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Alliance for Business Growth. Protec …"

"… allot measure’s opposition were the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Alliance for Business Growth. Protecting Michigan Taxpayers — the publi …"

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.

New Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen in her own words

By Alison Fitzgerald

Janet Yellen comments on the role of the Fed, devastating unemployment and Congress in selected quotes from 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chairwoman":

"… June about her views on bank regulation and supervision. The incoming Fed chairwoman appears to be someone who will be tougher than her predecessor when it com …"

Fighting over Aetna's disclosure

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: good government group alleges insurer isn't coming clean on political spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "CEO":

"… rs about what it was spending to influence public policy. Mark Bertolini, CEO of the nation’s third largest health insurer, reportedly told shareholde …"

CVS backs Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's NERD Fund

By Michael Beckel

Pharmacy chain's donation to Michigan governor's group offers a rare glimpse into the funding of politically active nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… 2,500 to politicians so far this year, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. During the first half of 2013, the company also spent more than $6 milli …"

Ex-SEC chief now helps companies navigate post-meltdown reforms

By Lauren Kyger, Alison Fitzgerald and John Dunbar

Former regulators profit from their experience with jobs, book deals and speaking fees.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Troubled Asset Relief Program":

"… ns. The succinct piece of legislation — which led to the creation of the Troubled Asset Relief Program — demanded there be no oversight or second-guessing of his plans. His e …"

"… of the law, according to a report by the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, Neil Barofsky. AIG’s counterparties — those that were owed — inclu …"

Subprime lending execs back in business five years after crash

By Daniel Wagner

Executives from all of the top 25 subprime lending firms are working in the mortgage business five years later.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lawyer":

"… take a class and pass a professional responsibility exam. David Hertzel, a lawyer for the company, said Konrath was not “actively involved” in the decis …"

"… imated the home’s value at $92,000, Fore says. An appraiser hired by her lawyer more recently said the house is worth about $61,000. Unlike fast-growth ma …"

"… Countrywide at a much higher rate. Without the high appraisal value, her lawyer says, Fore could not have qualified for the second mortgage. She says she …"

"… it had rejected her request for a loan modification. Since then, Fore’s lawyer has offered to settle with the bank, seeking to have the foreclosure sale …"

Ex-Wall Street chieftains living large in post-meltdown world

By Alison Fitzgerald

CEOs of banks that fueled the subprime crisis that led to the economic meltdown largely avoid consequences.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wells Fargo":

"… O of Wachovia, which nearly collapsed 11 days after Lehman and was sold to Wells Fargo at the direction of federal regulators. When he’s looking to get out of …"

"… ica’s assets have ballooned to $2.13 trillion from $1.72 trillion, while Wells Fargo more than doubled to $1.44 trillion from $609 billion five years ago. Gold …"

"… ional Group and the sales of Merrill Lynch to Bank of America, Wachovia to Wells Fargo and Washington Mutual to JPMorgan, thousands of hours and millions of page …"

Big Labor: still a political force

By Michael Beckel

Despite falling union membership, labor groups are major players in the super PAC arena.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Adelson":

"… super PACs about half as much money as billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam Adelson, who ranked as the top super PAC donors.   …"

"… ch money as billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam Adelson, who ranked as the top super PAC donors.     …"

How the defense industry dodges budget cuts

By Bill Buzenberg

Center's 'Gift Economy' project shows how money from defense contractors to key lawmakers affects key national security issues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Northrop Grumman":

"… nomy series, The Drone that Could Not Be Grounded, depicting how Northrop Grumman was able to defeat an Air Force effort to save $2.5 billion by halting pro …"

Bear Stearns mortgage executives have plum jobs on Wall Street

By Lauren Kyger and Alison Fitzgerald

Executives from the mortgage finance division that helped sink Bear Stearns have similar jobs at major Wall Street banks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "DOJ":

"… t the health of the funds. Both were acquitted in 2009, and since then the DOJ has declined to criminally charge any top-level Wall Street executives. Th …"

Mortgage lender owned by Dole Foods magnate accused by CFPB of abusive practices

By Daniel Wagner

The new consumer watchdog is accusing a Utah lender of steering borrowers into high interest mortgages.

Excerpts from this story referencing "finance":

"… on’t miss a single Center for Public Integrity investigation on consumer finance and corporate accountability.  Sign up now to receive our Financ …"

"… ted the consumer bureau to police unfair and abusive practices by consumer finance companies, including banned incentives for loan officers. It’s not the …"

IMPACT: OSHA strengthens rules for 'model workplace' program

By Chris Hamby

IMPACT: Companies exempted from some safety inspections under an OSHA program will face automatic removal after work-related deaths.

Excerpts from this story referencing "VPP":

"… k force to conduct a review of the Voluntary Protection Programs, known as VPP. Last August, the task force issued a report urging, among other things, a …"

"… n is ongoing at the site. As of July 11, the company still was touting its VPP “Star” status on its website, despite a provision in the new policy th …"

"… e the investigation is ongoing. Such sites are not supposed to display the VPP flag or other paraphernalia – status symbols within many industries. A …"

"… n for ExxonMobil said in a statement. The oil giant has a number of other VPP sites, including three more just in Beaumont. Barab said a decision about …"