Saving the penny makes cents for zinc-backed front group

By Erin Quinn

'Broad-based' group created to save the penny from extinction turns out to be backed by a company that supplies metal to make the coins.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… er costs, fewer benefits and a loss of provider choice if Congress and the Obama administration don't take action to keep planned rate cuts from going into …"

"… y language, such as in the banner on its homepage that reads, “President Obama’s hit list — taking away your guns, closing down charities and destroy …"

Policing the politicians; state ethics commissions lack muscle

By Caitlin Ginley

Underfunded, politically crippled commissions frequently do little more than slap wrists

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania Ethics Commission":

"… has heard five complaints in five years — and thrown all of them out.The Pennsylvania Ethics Commission takes in between 400 and 600 complaints each year. But severe budget cuts …"

"… d government organization Democracy Rising PA , who noted that the current Pennsylvania Ethics Commission is controlled by the governor and legislative leaders. The board consists …"

Louisiana, Mississippi movin’ up; 20 states still flunk

By Caitlin Ginley

Louisiana and Mississippi make great strides in improving disclosure, but nearly half of states still fail.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vermont":

"… over the 24 states that failed in both 2006 and 1999. Idaho, Michigan, and Vermont continue to tie for last place, as no personal financial disclosure laws e …"

Obama team’s ethics fumbles shared by others

By Sarah Laskow

Take comfort, Obama believers. The new prez is not the first executive to come into office promising sweeping ethical changes, only to stumb

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… centerpiece of his 2007 campaign and within his first year worked with the Louisiana legislature to pass an unprecedented reform package. As he took office, ho …"

527s run aground in the states

By Kevin Bogardus

Groups continue to raise money as some regulators crack down

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington, D.C.":

"… arty, much more than the maximum $4,000 allowed.Calls to RSLC's offices in Washington, D.C., seeking comment for this story were not returned.More trouble ahead?Such …"

"… : it will address 527s that are active in state races. Agency officials in Washington, D.C., plan to review state campaign finance laws and serve notice to the politi …"

Illinois

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Illinois

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… states — including Indiana, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina — in which an outside agency is setup to oversee other divisions of gove …"

North Carolina

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in North Carolina

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… those states — including Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio and South Carolina — in which an outside agency is setup to oversee other divisions of gove …"

Watchdogs on short leashes

By Kenneth Vogel and Leah Rush

For most legislatures, ethics enforcement is an in-house affair; for the rest, agencies that oversee them are kept on a short leash

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… losed doors when considering action against legislators.Behind closed doorsSouth Carolina's Ethics Commission also leaves the regulation of legislative ethics to le …"

"… lation of legislative ethics to legislative committees and, like the JCLE, South Carolina's ethics committees have the option of meeting behind closed doors. Herber …"

"… 't generally decide to relinquish it and diminish their power voluntarily."South Carolina's Hayden told the Center that enough voters there question the ability of …"

"… large investigations would be beyond our scope," Hughes said.Hayden, whose South Carolina Ethics Commission does not oversee the conduct of the legislature, told th …"

Michigan

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Michigan

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… states — including Indiana, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina — in which an outside agency is setup to oversee other divisions of gove …"

Flurry of new legislation targets sexual assault on campus

By Kristen Lombardi

New legislation follows landmark Center series

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

"… ederal initiatives aimed at tackling the issue — the focus of a landmark Center for Public Integrity investigation. At a morning press conference attended by students and vic …"

"… s problems highlighted in an investigation of campus sexual assault by the Center for Public Integrity. Published in a six-part series starting in 2009, “Sexual Assault on Cam …"

"… Congress deal more with the gaps in federal enforcement identified by the Center for Public Integrity,” said Daniel Carter, a long-time victims’ advocate now with the VTV F …"

Tea party scandal brews FOIA backlog at FEC

By Dave Levinthal

Media and public wait for information from election agency as Congress seeks IRS-related information.

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

"… eborah Foresman wrote today in response to questions about the status of a Center for Public Integrity FOIA request filed on May 1 that seeks various agency emails. The FEC on …"

"… us agency emails. The FEC on May 19 promised in writing to respond to the Center for Public Integrity's request by June 13 — saying it needed time to "appropriately examine a …"

New scrutiny on campus sexual violence highlights Center findings

By Gordon Witkin

New efforts are aimed at both assisting schools and putting pressure on them to assist victims of sexual violence.

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

"… Capitol Hill and the Obama administration is drawing new attention to the Center for Public Integrity’s landmark investigation of campus sexual assault. Published in a six-p …"

L.A. judge objects to school police getting millions reserved for struggling students

By Susan Ferriss

A top juvenile court judge objects to a proposal giving school police $13 million out of a state fund to help disadvantaged kids learn.

White House group releases recommendations on fighting campus sexual assault

By Kristen Lombardi

White House task force issues recommendations to combat vexing problem.

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney general":

"… The interagency group, which includes Education secretary Arne Duncan and attorney general Eric Holder, among other senior administration officials, has been working …"

Obama moves to address campus sex assault issues raised by Center series

By Kristen Lombardi

President creates task force to help protect students from sexual violence

McAuliffe takes step toward reform in Virginia

By Nicholas Kusnetz

McAuliffe executive order limits gifts.

Report urges new approach to child prostitution

By Susan Ferriss

New report says teens involved in prostitution should be treated as victims.

One-fifth of female veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan show signs of sexual trauma

By Caitlin Cruz and Asha Anchan

News21 investigation reveals that the VA is struggling to deal with female vets who have been sexually assaulted.

Controversy ensnaring governor raises new questions about Virginia laws

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Updated: Transparency laws at issue as governor deals with indictment stemming from gifts scandal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Robert McDonnell":

"… s note, January 21, 4:47 p.m. — The indictment of former Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen will likely yield a new round of debate over Virginia …"

"… ; A series of revelations and stinging media reports about Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell’s relationship with a corporate executive is bringing new attention to t …"

Washington fury over military sexual assaults hits the Pentagon

By Richard H.P. Sia and Douglas Birch

President Obama calls for punishing, firing or discharging those involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American military":

"… tive-duty women and 1.2 percent of the men in the 2.2 million member  American military. The president, when asked about the report during a press conference wit …"

New sexual assault trouble in the Air Force

By Richard H.P. Sia

An officer responsible for stopping AF sexual assaults is accused of that offense

Excerpts from this story referencing "General":

"… ten explanation for any adjustments in sentences. At the January hearing, General Welsh said the Air Force had received nearly 800 reports of sexual assault …"

Report details lives ruined for children put on sex-offender registries

By Susan Ferriss

Human Rights Watch investigates how minors, even for innocuous offenses, can end up on sex-offender registries for life.

E-cigarette maker fires up lobbying efforts

By Reity O'Brien

Manufacturers of smoking alternative faces new government scrutiny.

Excerpts from this story referencing "General":

"… acturer’s decision to hire Beltway insiders — and place former Surgeon General Richard Carmona on its board — suggests NJOY and its upstart contemporar …"

Gay rights lobby courts lawmakers with cash

By Michael Beckel

Human Rights Campaign lobbies Congress, donates to lawmakers, as it makes case for marriage equality.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington, D.C.":

"… year — more than any other group focused on LGBT issues. The Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign, which is the largest advocacy group focu …"

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act headed for President's signature

By Kristen Lombardi

Measure takes on issues raised by Center probe

Secret US detention program had many foreign collaborators

By Douglas Birch

A new report details the involvement of dozens of countries in rough treatment, without accountability

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… icans can “review and judge the legality of these operations.” Former Bush administration officials and others who have defended the rendition and in …"

IMPACT: More states seek reform after Center’s ‘State Integrity Investigation’

More states proposing new legislation after receiving poor grades

Notre Dame case highlights complexities of campus sexual assault investigations

By Kristen Lombardi

Notre Dame case illustrates continuing struggles

Excerpts from this story referencing "Yale":

"… ut similar settlement agreements with such schools as Eastern Michigan and Yale. Last spring, it took the rare step of joining the Justice Department in e …"

Best of 2012: Accountability

By The Center for Public Integrity

The Center for Public Integrity's top accountability stories of 2012

IMPACT: Florida Senate votes for stronger ethics rules

By Nicholas Kusnetz

After scoring a C- in the Center's 'State Integrity Investigation', Florida's legislative leaders push for reform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House subcommittee":

"… Speaker, has also called for reforms. Earlier this month he revived a House subcommittee devoted to ethics and elections that had not met for six years.If you …"

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