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 "Governor":

"… governments say] let’s take it away from them.”Last year, Connecticut Governor Daniel Molloy consolidated nine agencies, including Carson’s office, int …"

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 "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 "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 "legislator":

"… - in which there are no formal ethics laws dealing with ethical conduct of legislator beyond personal financial disclosure and/or campaign finance disclosure re …"

"… iled Laws 15.341 - 15.348. The board does not have jurisdiction over state legislators, members of the judicial branch or elected persons in the executive branc …"

"… //www.state.mi.us/mdcs/ethicsboard.htmIf the above agency does not oversee legislators, is legislative oversight defined in statute?No.Are there state statutes …"

"… ed in statute?No.Are there state statutes that address ethical conduct for legislators?No. Michigan has no statute regarding ethics and disclosure beyond sectio …"

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 …"

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 "United States":

"… to keep up with the ever-expanding array of chemicals made and used in the United States. The EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System – IRIS – has …"

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 "United States":

"… International report. The company complies with all applicable laws of the United States and every other jurisdiction in which it operates, and “does not condone …"

"… ntitled “The Global Online Freedom Act,” meant to “prevent United States businesses from cooperating with repressive governments in transforming 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 "Lee Goodman":

"… s going back many years to be able to expedite the process." FEC Chairman Lee Goodman and the FEC press office did not immediately return requests for comment. …"

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.

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

"… n juvenile justice reform attempts at the federal level. Cardenas told the Center for Public Integrity it was “a little old-school” to use the new state fund to support scho …"

"… cipline matters,” Nash wrote. Nash’s letter was made available to the Center for Public Integrity.   Nash presides over one of the biggest juvenile courts in the coun …"

"… es in the wake of the 2012 school massacre in Newtown, Conn.  As the Center for Public Integrity reported, Nash has been involved in efforts in Los Angeles to rein in the …"

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 "National Public Radio":

"… Campus: A Frustrating Search for Justice” — done in collaboration with National Public Radio — showed that campus judicial proceedings regarding allegations of sexua …"

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 "U.S. Department of Justice":

"… nsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Justice officials were particularly interested in learning more ab …"

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 "Chellie Pingree":

"… not all maintained in one place,” Schroeder said. Because of this, Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, introduced the 2013 Ruth Moore Act, which aims to make it easier …"

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 "Democratic candidate":

"… gifts to family members. In response to the scandal, Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor, has said he would propose limiting gifts to $100 per donor. …"

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 "Kirsten Gillibrand":

"… er Krusinki's case from the Arlington County police. At the hearing, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raised her voice at Donley, saying that the case sugges …"

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 "Senate Armed Services Committee":

"… ces” stemming from a military court proceeding. The case also prompted a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in March on sexual assaults in the military. Responding to lawmak …"

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 "New York":

"… ed from a homeless shelter because of an offense committed at age 15. The New York-based research group Human Rights Watch issued an extensive report today o …"

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 "Politics":

"… t at the end of this journey yet." According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Human Rights Campaign spent $1.37 million on federal lobbying last ye …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… approved the measure, which means passage is virtually assured; President Barack Obama could sign it into law as early as next week. In a vote of 286 to 138, Ho …"

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 "Poland":

"… Britain, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Afghanistan, Lithuania, Morocco, Poland, Romania and Thailand all hosted CIA “black sites,” or secret prisons, …"

"… tigating its alleged CIA prison near the town of Szczytno in north eastern Poland, and the European Court of Human Rights has ordered the declassification o …"

"… s deputy foreign minister warned that release of the documents would limit Poland’s ability to cooperate with the investigation. After President Obama to …"

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

More states proposing new legislation after receiving poor grades

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