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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… lth Insurance Plans, a well-funded, influential lobbying and PR outfit, as Center for Public Integrity columnist Wendell Potter pointed out in January. The so-called coalition …"

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 "Florida":

"… e the panel simply does not have the authority to do so in law — like in Florida — or the law requires a lofty standard for launching a probe. In North C …"

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 "Michigan":

"… though minor, 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 disc …"

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 "Bobby Jindal":

"… ve who campaigned on ethics reform ran into trouble at the outset.• Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA) made reforming his state’s tarnished ethical reputation a centerpie …"

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 "Maryland Ethics Commission":

"… does not 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 interests on …"

"… he power to investigate violations and enforce the laws.The example of the Maryland Ethics Commission, which could not look into the accuracy of State Sen. Young's disclosures, …"

Michigan

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Michigan

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… ng seven states — including Indiana, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina — in which an outside agency is setup to oversee othe …"

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 …"

Liberal ‘dark money’ group could face IRS fine

By Michael Beckel

Union-backed Pennsylvanians for Accountability could face IRS fine after failing to file a mandatory tax return.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… rofits have been increasingly active in elections, thanks, in part, to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010, which a …"

One-stop science shop has become a favorite of industry—and Texas

By Rosalind Adams and Lisa Song

The EPA's sluggishness in assessing chemicals has created opportunities for a consulting firm with ties to chemical and tobacco interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… re a separate filing, said attorney Marcus Owens, a former director of the Internal Revenue Service’s tax-exempt division.  But that means "it's virtually impossible t …"

U.S. companies supply eavesdropping gear to Central Asian autocrats

By Julia Harte

Surveillance gear generally falls outside U.S. export controls.

Excerpts from this story referencing "broadband":

"… controversial purposes. Sunnyvale, Ca.-based Juniper Networks manufactured broadband equipment that Kazakhstan has been using to transmit data, according to th …"

Reporter's toolkit: Investigating sexual assault on your campus

By Kristen Lombardi

How to investigate the ways your school deals with sexual assault allegations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… bsite or request a print copy from the university. The U.S. Department of Education also maintains a database of Clery Act statistics provided by schools:&nbs …"

"… ity/ Compare sexual assault numbers provided to the U.S. Department of Education against the numbers published in the school’s annual security report. So …"

"… years. Compare those numbers to Clery Act statistics submitted to the Education Department, as well as those published in the annual campus security repor …"

"… File a Freedom of Information Act request with the U.S. Department of Education to see if the school has ever been the subject of a Clery Act complaint. …"

Flurry of new legislation targets sexual assault on campus

By Kristen Lombardi

New legislation follows landmark Center series

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… ution’s operating budget. Both bills would also increase funding for the Education Department to hire more Title IX and Clery Act investigators, and force th …"

"… b what everyone from President Barack Obama to Vice President Joe Biden to Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called an “epidemic” of sexual violence on c …"

"… roblem, issuing new guidance and launching a new website. Within days, the Education Department released for the first time a list of every college and univers …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… Federal Election Commission with demands for information connected to the Internal Revenue Service tea party targeting scandal and the unrelated political activities of a fo …"

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 "Education":

"… ement data on campus sexual assault. In early May, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released a list of the 55 higher Education ins …"

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 "judge":

"… orting the state’s neediest students. Los Angeles’ top juvenile court judge is objecting to a planned diversion of $13 million to school police there …"

"… most vulnerable student populations.”  “On the contrary,” the judge said, “there has been a wealth of research that indicates that aggressiv …"

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 "federal government":

"… chools respond more effectively to student allegations; and beefing up the federal government’s own enforcement efforts. “Colleges and universities need to face th …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Francisco":

"… nt in sex trafficking. One of the sites the research team visited was the San Francisco area, where police often refer to the city of Oakland, in Alameda County, …"

"… d-prostitution rings reportedly ended with more arrests and rescues in the San Francisco Bay Area than any other region: 17 adults were arrested and 12 child prost …"

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 "Senate":

"… said. Pingree said her bill, which passed the House and is pending in the Senate, is needed because of the difficulty she’s seen when victims try to prov …"

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 "Senate":

"… to reach him for comment were not successful. On Capitol Hill, House and Senate committees seized on the arrest as a sign of systemic problems. “While u …"

"… D’s efforts to address the plague of sexual assaults in the military,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., said at t …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sex offender":

"… charged as an adult, and as of 2012 was facing registration for life.” Sex offender laws, the report says, “that trigger registration requirements for child …"

E-cigarette maker fires up lobbying efforts

By Reity O'Brien

Manufacturers of smoking alternative faces new government scrutiny.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… ts to do its bidding on Capitol Hill, according to records filed with U.S. Senate. Jeff Shockey and John Scofield — formerly senior staffers on the House …"

"… a-based headquarters did not respond to requests for comment. And NJOY’s Senate filing notes only that it intends to lobby on “FDA administration of P.L …"

"… s, including the regulation of smokeless tobacco products last year,  Senate filings reveal. “There are no requirements for ingredient disclosure. N …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… $1,000, records indicate. The PAC's top beneficiary in February was Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who on Sunday announced via her Tumblr page, that her views have " …"

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act headed for President's signature

By Kristen Lombardi

Measure takes on issues raised by Center probe

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… Violence Against Women Act following months of congressional gridlock. The Senate has already approved the measure, which means passage is virtually assured …"

"… ring campus disciplinary proceedings. The VAWA reauthorization passed the Senate on February 12, in a 78 to 22 vote. Following the House action, President …"

"… day, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held a press conference about the Senate version of the VAWA reauthorization, urging House members pass that legisl …"

"… of sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence on college campuses. Her Senate counterpart, Pennsylvania Democrat Robert Casey, Jr., said Campus SaVE wil …"

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

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