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 "director":

"… nt to limit Chattanooga's network expansion,” said Christopher Mitchell, director of Community Broadband Networks at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Judge":

"… om the plaintiff, Daniel Tilli, saying that he was “in disbelief” that Judge Thomas Reavley did not know that his wife had owned stock in the oil compa …"

"… even years after the court ruled. Reavley is married to fellow 5th Circuit Judge Carolyn King. Tilli, a Bethlehem, Pa., resident who represented himself, …"

"… ed because of a stock conflict involving 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Allyson Duncan, a new three-Judge panel reached the same decision as the f …"

"… sion as the first. Another case tainted by stock ownership of 11th Circuit Judge Frank Hull is still pending. Many of the others remain in limbo. Lyle Cay …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pat McCrory":

"… on, an organization formed by allies of the state’s Republican governor, Pat McCrory; and $50,000 to Keep Texas Working, a pro-business group headed by lobbyis …"

Center's report on troubled teens wins prestigious Tobenkin Award

'Throwaway Kids' honored with Columbia Journalism School award.

Excerpts from this story referencing "correspondent":

"… on for the Sacramento Bee and working as a Mexico-City based Latin America correspondent for Cox Newspapers.  …"

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 "Comerica":

"… ding process for financial agency agreements. …"

"… y officials pressured vulnerable citizens to use the Direct Express cards. Comerica issued the cards under a contract that was supposed to be cost-free for th …"

"… center wait times, and based many decisions on unverified information from Comerica, according to a report due out Friday by Treasury’s inspector general. …"

"… an amended deal that officials offered without requiring any evidence that Comerica needed the money or would use it for this program, the report says. The pa …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… ctrum lobbying. McFadden, Executive Director of External Communications at Verizon Communications, was among those who hadn’t responded to Allan’s multiple interview re …"

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 "Boeing":

"… ises of jobs. Take Washington, which successfully clinched a deal to have Boeing build its planned 777X airplanes in-state thanks in part to an $8.7 billio …"

"… , which Good Jobs First says is “by far the largest in U.S. history.” Boeing has contributed millions of dollars in campaign contributions the past few …"

"… andidates, and two of the top three state subsidies over time have gone to Boeing from Washington. Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat who pushed for the recent ta …"

"… tax deal, received $58,718 in contributions for his 2012 campaign from the Boeing's political action commiteee and its employees — second most among …"

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 "Google Inc.":

"… re, 12 companies — including Best Buy Co. Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc. and Google Inc. — did not even disclose a range, just that they’re affiliated with the …"

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 "current president":

"… of Representatives have been associated with the group. The nonprofit’s current president is Democratic state Rep. Brandon Dillon. State Rep. Sam Singh serves as it …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… bal finance and the top regulator in the U.S. financial system.  The Center for Public Integrity spoke to Yellen in June about her views on bank regulation and s …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… ndustry. “We intend to vigorously defend against this lawsuit,” Aetna spokeswoman Cynthia Michener was quoted as telling the CT Mirror. “Aetna meets or ex …"

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 "aide":

"… es. The NERD Fund additionally covers the $100,000-a-year salary of Snyder aide Rich Baird, who helped recruit Orr to serve as emergency manager. Snyder a …"

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 "Kansas":

"… her start in politics working for former Republican Sen. Bob Dole, also of Kansas, Bair emerged from the crisis beloved by many on Capitol Hill but with few …"

"… lack is now a law and economics professor at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. The move delayed the failure of Lincoln and prosecution of Keating, …"

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 "Freddie Mac":

"… meet the standards of government-backed mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Carrington Holding Co., for example, will lend to borrowers with credit …"

"… high-level risk management executive at Countrywide, Washington Mutual and Freddie Mac before the crisis. Rossi got his start during the savings and loan debacl …"

"… y’s name is so similar to those of government-controlled mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae that regulators forced PennyMac to add a disclaimer to its …"

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 "federal judge":

"… company’s collapse, save perhaps banishment to irrelevance. Last year a federal judge approved a $90 million settlement of a class action suit brought by Lehman …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… ely gave 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.   …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… s to key members while they considered the fate of the M1 Abrams tank. The Pentagon says it has enough Abrams tanks – and has even mothballed some in the Ca …"

"… brams tanks – and has even mothballed some in the California desert. The Pentagon wants to halt the program to save $3 billion. But armed with the data, we …"

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 "Freddie Mac":

"… nce Agency, which oversees government-owned mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  They are among dozens of people and companies named in the lawsuit. …"

"… ion worth of residential mortgage-backed securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to documents included in the FHFA lawsuit. “Defendants false …"

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 "president":

"… deral lawsuit Tuesday against Castle & Cooke Mortgage LLC and its president, an accomplished rodeo performer who professes to be “a big fan” of ne …"

"… tiny before the financial crisis focused attention on abusive lending. Its president, Matthew Pineda, founded it in 2005 for eccentric fruit billionaire David …"

"… says. The consumer bureau says Castle & Cooke Pineda, and senior vice president Buck Hawkins, violated a ban on paying loan officers more when they sell l …"

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 "ExxonMobil":

"… model workplace” just missed being covered by the new policy. A fire at ExxonMobil’s oil refinery in Beaumont, Texas, in April injured 12 contract workers, …"

"… nd ensure that a similar incident does not occur again,” a spokesman for ExxonMobil said in a statement. The oil giant has a number of other VPP sites, inclu …"

"… to evaluate these sites as well had not been made. Neither Albemarle nor ExxonMobil would say whether they believed their sites should remain in VPP …"

Democrats use Kochs to scare up campaign cash after Center report

By Dave Levinthal

Democratic party committees fundraising around record Koch Industries PAC spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… n numerous fundraising emails to describe the actions of David and Charles Koch, the billionaire oilmen who rank among conservative interests’ top bankr …"

"… he spending habits of KochPAC, the political action committee sponsored by Koch Industries Inc., which the Koch brothers run. The Center's article also ap …"

"… he political action committee sponsored by Koch Industries Inc., which the Koch brothers run. The Center's article also appeared in the Huffington Po …"

"… 2013’s mid-year campaign finance reporting deadline, repeatedly used the Koch brothers as fundraising tools:     …"

Yellen as Fed chair would be tougher on banks

By Alison Fitzgerald

Janet Yellen, President Obama’s intended nominee for Federal reserve chief, may prove to be tougher on banks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Freddie Mac":

"… MC in June of that year. She said such loans could threaten Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the housing finance giants that were taken over by the U.S. government in …"

Senators investigating Apple own company stock

By Dave Levinthal and Reity O'Brien

Heitkamp, Carper report stock together worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "ExxonMobil":

"… the stock shares of other massive companies such as General Electric, ExxonMobil, Pfizer and Bank of America, according to the Center for Responsive P …"

'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 "ExxonMobil":

"… ” naphtha, a liquid mixture of volatile petrochemicals, occurring at the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge petrochemical complex a half mile away. Four hours earlier, E …"

"… s valve leak has played out again and again at the sprawling, 2,400-acre ExxonMobil Baton Rouge complex, which encompasses an oil refinery and a chemical plan …"

"… leases over these years; at its height, the facility averaged two a week. ExxonMobil Baton Rouge questions the Bucket Brigade’s analysis, calling it “likel …"

"… sions. Two facilities the Club sued rank among the state’s top emitters: ExxonMobil, whose petrochemical complex in Baytown has released 5.1 million pounds of …"

Sheldon Adelson's anti-cancer campaign

By Dave Levinthal

Nation's top super PAC donor also quietly funneling millions to medical research.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… by many funding organizations," it states.     …"

"… ng has waned, dropping to $4.2 million in 2010 before inching up in 2011. Sheldon Adelson's office in Las Vegas directed questions to Kenneth Fasman, the found …"

Mel Watt enjoys close ties to financial industries

By Alison Fitzgerald

Bank leaders, PACs made prospective housing agency leader a top recipient of campaign cash.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Freddie Mac":

"… rack Obama has appointed to oversee mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has received more campaign money from financial interests than any other i …"

"… meowners at risk of default to stay in their houses.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac buy and securitize about 90 percent of all new mortgages in the U.S. and g …"

"…           Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s PACs contributed $11,500 to Watt’s campaign from 2004 until their 20 …"