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 "Ethics":

"… d Melanie Sloan, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit watchdog group. Sloan also believes the number …"

"… e deception easier, said George Johnson, chairman of the PRSA’s Board of Ethics and Professional Standards. “As a new form of communication, a new set …"

"… new opportunities and new problems,” Johnson said. The PRSA’s Code of Ethics includes an entire section dedicated to disclosure of information. The cod …"

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 "Ethics":

"… ” McDonald said. “They want it to go away.”   …"

"… — but it has initiated just 18 investigations through 2010.The Tennessee Ethics Commission, also established in 2006, has yet to find anyone guilty of an …"

"… e 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 b …"

"… vestigators to handle the workload.And last year, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission had its full-time support staff reduced from two people to one. …"

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.

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"… sts, and to provide a description of property holdings. The state Board of Ethics updated its website: citizens can search for financial disclosur …"

"… ly every public official in Louisiana, and he wonders whether the Board of Ethics has enough staff to keep up with the influx of forms. And the new laws inc …"

"… m 34th to 24th place. Tom Hood, executive director of the Mississippi Ethics Commission, said he used the Center’s grading system as a template to cr …"

"… continues to lag behind is online accessibility. Although the Mississippi Ethics Commission was authorized by the legislature last year to put its financia …"

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

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"… edented reform package. As he took office, however, the state’s Board of Ethics charged Jindal with failing to disclose more than $118,000 in contribution …"

527s run aground in the states

By Kevin Bogardus

Groups continue to raise money as some regulators crack down

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ethics":

"… in August 2004, the group was fined $20,000 by the Louisiana Board of Ethics for failing to disclose its advertisement expenditures. The group als …"

Illinois

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Illinois

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ethics":

"… ics agency exists in the state?Illinois has the State of Illinois Board of Ethics, which is authorized under Executive Order 77-3 (ie, not in statute). The …"

"… dress ethical conduct for legislators?Yes. It is the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act - 5 ILCS 420/1-101. In regard to legislators, the act contains "Restri …"

"… ivision.htmlNote: Some information provided by the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws' "Ethics Update" 2000. For more information or to purchase the refere …"

"… te: Some information provided by the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws' "Ethics Update" 2000. For more information or to purchase the reference, visit www …"

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

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"… mittee on Standards of Official Conduct and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics — both of which are comprised exclusively of members of Congress — are …"

"… ates that have that," said Alan Plofsky, director of the Connecticut State Ethics Commission.Scope of the surveyThe study, conducted between October 2000 an …"

"… licing the Ethics of its legislators to the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics (JCLE). The JCLE found that Young had violated Ethics and disclosure provi …"

"… think the JCLE would have investigated the Young case.Even if the Maryland Ethics Commission had been aware that Young didn't fully disclose his economic in …"

Michigan

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Michigan

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ethics":

"… Ethics agency exists in the state?Michigan has the Michigan State Board of Ethics, which is enabled by the Michigan Compiled Laws 15.341 - 15.348. The board …"

"… te.mi.us/election/elect.htmlMichigan Compiled Laws 15.341 - 15.348, "State Ethics Act" applies to the same people the state Ethics commission oversees and d …"

"… n/elect.htmlNote: Some information provided by the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws' "Ethics Update" 2000. For more information or to purchase the refere …"

"… te: Some information provided by the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws' "Ethics Update" 2000. For more information or to purchase the reference, visit www …"

North Carolina

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in North Carolina

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ethics":

"… agency exists in the state?North Carolina has the North Carolina Board of Ethics, which is authorized under Executive Order 127, as amended by Executive Or …"

"… oversight defined in statute?Yes. North Carolina also has the Legislative Ethics Committee, which is enabled by the NC General Statute Chapter 120, Article …"

"… tatutes that address ethical conduct for legislators?Yes. The "Legislative Ethics Act," NC General Statute Chapter 120, Article 14 (120-85 through 106), app …"

"… s/lobbyists/Note: Some information provided by the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws' "Ethics Update" 2000. For more information or to purchase the refere …"

Flurry of new legislation targets sexual assault on campus

By Kristen Lombardi

New legislation follows landmark Center series

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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 "Ethics":

"… lso like to strengthen the enforcement powers of the Florida Commission on Ethics, which oversees Ethics rules. Gaetz joined the Senate in 2006 after a long …"

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