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 "Chicago Tribune":

"… at are made into currency. In addition, over the years the New York Post, Chicago Tribune, New York Times and CNN have failed to mention American for Common Cents …"

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 "state ethics commission":

"… hdogs sport no real teeth. According to the State Integrity Investigation, state ethics commissions remain woefully ill-equipped to properly investigate complaints and dole …"

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 "Iowa":

"… hat received failing grades are Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Indiana, Iowa, and Minnesota. The number of F's represents an improvement, though minor, …"

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 "Ethics":

"… 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 "Tom Corbett":

"… he practice is illegal in the Keystone State.The group donated $480,000 to Tom Corbett, the Republican candidate for state attorney general, a few weeks before t …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… many states, the process is still further removed from public scrutiny. In Georgia, where the legislative ethics committees trump the state ethics commission …"

"… oesn't happen often, according to Theodore Lee, executive secretary of the Georgia Ethics Commission.Lee laughed when asked if the members of the state's sta …"

"… n legislative committees, legislators in many states do not seem convinced.Georgia's Lee told the Center that lawmakers in his state have not even discussed …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Diego":

"… l lawmakers — Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., in the Senate, and Susan Davis, D-San Diego, in the House — also introduced their own legislation to address the pro …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… hich requests come in."     …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Public Counsel":

"… Rights Campaign of the Labor Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles and Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm, groups that were instrumental i …"

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 "Education":

"… DICINE WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY …"

"… sexual violence on college campuses. The interagency group, which includes Education secretary Arne Duncan and attorney general Eric Holder, among other senior …"

"… will also give students information to help them file complaints with the Education and Justice departments, among other resources. Justice officials will de …"

"… administrators who investigate and adjudicate sexual assault cases; their Education counterparts will prepare similar materials to train campus health center …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… ouse Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Consisting of the Education and Justice Department secretaries, among other administration officials, …"

McAuliffe takes step toward reform in Virginia

By Nicholas Kusnetz

McAuliffe executive order limits gifts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… t required to do so. …"

"… ies in connection with a series of gifts he and his family received from a Virginia business executive. The executive order completed a promise Democrat McAu …"

"… doesn’t tell us what we’re going to go through in the legislature.” Virginia has some of the weakest ethics laws in the nation. Politicians can accepts …"

"… ney under a porous regime of campaign finance laws. The combination earned Virginia a grade of F from the State Integrity Investigation, a state-by-state rank …"

Report urges new approach to child prostitution

By Susan Ferriss

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Donald":

"… elinquency Prevention to help coordinate these efforts.  Data editor David Donald contributed to this story …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… or News21 this summer. …"

"… e VA for help. Young female veterans — those returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — often don’t show up for their first VA appointments, …"

"… es at the health clinic in Germany and prepared soldiers to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. She also comforted families who lost soldiers in the war. …"

"… t drink. “Nobody believed me,” she said. She deployed in July 2007 to Iraq, where she was coping with her trauma — until her old unit, which includ …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Air Force":

"… ot acceptable.” Anger was already widespread on Capitol Hill because an Air Force lieutenant colonel who directed the Air Force’s sexual assault preventio …"

"… d on Capitol Hill because an Air Force lieutenant colonel who directed the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention branch was himself arrested on Sunday on cha …"

"… congressional inquiry into repeated sexual assaults of female recruits by Air Force instructors at a base in Texas, and a growing controversy over the ability …"

"… report said. Speaking about the arrest on sexual assault charges May 5 of Air Force Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, the service’s sexual assault prevention bran …"

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 "Air Force":

"… and we are giving it our full attention."     …"

"… s for the service related to sexual assaults, and came only days after the Air Force concluded its April observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The arr …"

"… Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, of Arlington, Va., for sexual battery prompted Air Force officials to relieve him of his post “pending the outcome of the case, …"

"… is post “pending the outcome of the case,” Lt. Col. Laurel Tingley, an Air Force spokeswoman, said Monday. Arlington County police said they arrested Krusi …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dianne Feinstein":

"… gh-level al-Qaida official killed by a U.S. missile in Yemen in 2011. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., hailed the publication of the document in a statement Tuesday, …"

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 "Alabama":

"… nor presumably will he miss tonight’s national championship contest with Alabama’s Crimson Tide. Meanwhile, a small but vocal number of critics are askin …"

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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