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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ethics":

"… 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

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 "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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ethics":

"… 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

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.

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 "Sacramento":

"… vulnerable students to supplement school police or security, including in Sacramento, Long Beach and the Kern Union High School District, a Central Valley dist …"

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 "Eric Holder":

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

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.

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 "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 …"

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 "U.S. military":

"… on his recommendations. …"

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.

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 "U.S. military":

"… ns of young female recruits and airmen in what has been called the biggest U.S. military sexual assault scandal in years. At a House hearing in January, Air Force …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… to five members of Congress, according to records filed last week with the Federal Election Commission. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill.; Rep. Rau …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… talking, and dating violence on college campuses. Her Senate counterpart, Pennsylvania Democrat Robert Casey, Jr., said Campus SaVE will help “ensure that coll …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… lies, among them Canada, Germany, Britain, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Afghanistan, Lithuania, Morocco, Poland, Romania and Thailand all hosted CIA “black …"

"… Germany. In March 2002 Iran handed over 15 suspects to the government of Afghanistan, which transferred ten of them to U.S. custody. The report said the transf …"

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

More states proposing new legislation after receiving poor grades

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… re states have passed new measures. The latest actions come from Maine and North Dakota. In Maine, legislation to make it unlawful for state officials to leave th …"

"… several ethics bills expected to be debated this session. And lawmakers in North Dakota have introduced a package of ethics reform bills that would revamp the sta …"

Notre Dame case highlights complexities of campus sexual assault investigations

By Kristen Lombardi

Notre Dame case illustrates continuing struggles

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… done in collaboration with National Public Radio — shed light on what Education Department officials have since called “an epidemic of sexual violence …"

"… cal evidence and eyewitness testimony are often lacking.In April 2011, the Education Department’s civil rights office unveiled its most thorough guidance on …"

"… evidence standards. Groups like the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which advocates for free speech and due process, have penned multiple let …"

"… lements have emerged from “compliance reviews” that were pushed by the Education Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, Russlynn Ali, who ste …"

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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