Campaign finance reformers gain new ally

By Michael Beckel

Moderate ex-senator Byron Dorgan joins ranks of campaign finance reforms endorsing public financinig.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jack Abramoff":

"… re than any other industry except law firms.During the scandal surrounding Jack Abramoff in 2005, Dorgan returned $67,000 in contributions from clients of the supe …"

Is the Democratic platform in synch with the public on national defense?

By Aaron Mehta and R. Jeffrey Smith

Democratic platform offers hints at how Obama would handle defense in second term.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Integrity":

"… both political parties in a May survey organized by the Center for Public Integrity.The platform, released Tuesday, leaves plenty of wiggle room for the admin …"

BP to pay $13 million for safety violations at Texas refinery

By Alice Su

Oil giant BP has agreed to pay $13 million to settle safety violations at a Texas refinery that blew up in 2005.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… lagrant violations cited by OSHA during the previous three years. …"

"… Hilda Solis said Thursday.The violations stemmed from a 2009 inspection of BP’s Texas City refinery by the Occupational Safety and Health Administrati …"

"… Safety and Health Administration. OSHA conducted the inspection to see if BP had corrected safety problems that led to the 2005 blast, which killed 15 …"

"… in a teleconference with reporters. “This agreement will save lives.” BP has promised to fix all the cited problems in Texas City by the end of thi …"

Department of Energy knew of Solyndra risks, former FBI agent finds

By Ronnie Greene

Department of Energy knew the risks of backing Solyndra Inc. with a half-billion dollar loan, a former FBI agent found.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Brian Harrison":

"… loyees. He sought interviews with former company CEOs Dr. Chris Gronet and Brian Harrison. “Both Gronet and Harrison declined, through their legal counsel, to spe …"

'State Integrity Investigation' has blockbuster first year

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Sixteen states take Center's State Integrity Investigation to heart, initiate government reform

Excerpts from this story referencing "Delaware":

"… reform efforts have been initiated in 16 states. Four of those states — Delaware, Iowa, Maine and Rhode Island — have passed laws or issued executive ord …"

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 "Integrity":

"… r state earn?   …"

"… er launched the State Integrity Investigation in collaboration with Global Integrity and PRI/Public Radio International, more than 12 states have proposed new …"

Package of bills seeks ethics reform in North Dakota

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Poor grades from State Integrity Investigation yield push for changes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Integrity":

"… 009. But last year, Mock seized on the state’s poor showing in the State Integrity Investigation, which gave North Dakota an overall grade of F, and announce …"

"… March, North Dakota received an F in eight of 14 categories from the State Integrity Investigation, which ranked state governments on transparency and accounta …"

"… accountability. The report, a collaboration of  the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International, placed North Dakota 43rd …"

"… e report, a collaboration of  the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International, placed North Dakota 43rd out of 50 states. …"

Best of 2012: Accountability

By The Center for Public Integrity

The Center for Public Integrity's top accountability stories of 2012

State Integrity Investigation provides 'roadmap' for ethics reform

By Caitlin Ginley

Florida group cites State Integrity Investigation in pushing for change.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Integrity":

"… on how to improve the state’s ethics laws, using results from the State Integrity Investigation as a basis for reform. The Sunshine State ranked 18th out of …"

"… ed 18th out of 50 states in the investigation, with an overall grade of C-.Integrity Florida, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes Integrity and …"

"… held presentations around the state to share the conclusions of the State Integrity Investigation’s corruption risk scorecard for the Sunshine State. The gr …"

"… on report hotline — that could help the state move towards an A grade.“Integrity Florida is using State Integrity Investigation results as a roadmap to foc …"

Leadership Forum brings lawmakers, private sector together

By Marko Tomicic

Center, Global Integrity present results from State Integrity Investigation at 2012 Leadership Forum.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Integrity":

"… nference.The State Legislative Leaders Foundation invited Global Integrity and the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) to present the recentl …"

"… rs Foundation invited Global Integrity and the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) to present the recently released findings of State Integri …"

"… tegrity (CPI) to present the recently released findings of State Integrity Investigation (SII), an evaluation of effectiveness of anti-corruptio …"

"… iveness of anti-corruption mechanisms in all US states conducted by Global Integrity, CPI and Public Radio International. The invitation was also rec …"

Is defense spending a budget priority for Americans? Stay tuned for survey results

By R. Jeffrey Smith

What does it look like? Find out Thursday

Excerpts from this story referencing "Integrity":

"… Public Consultation (PPC),* the Stimson Center, and the Center for Public Integrity — collaborated on a unique survey meant to answer these questions.  …"

"… an of the Stimson Center and R. Jeffrey Smith of the the Center for Public Integrity. Just enter your email address in the CoverItLive box on this page to …"

Weekly Watchdog 3/22/12

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Excerpts from this story referencing "media organizations":

"… — has been quoted, praised, assailed or otherwise cited by more than 200 media organizations, from The New York Times to NPR and dozens of public radio stations, and f …"

About the State Integrity Investigation

By iWatch News

The reporting process, partners and funders for the State Integrity Investigation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Integrity":

"… dation, with additional support from the Rockefeller Family Fund. …"

"… ngs, states are also ranked in every category.    The State Integrity Investigation is a collaboration between the Center for Public Integrity, …"

"… e Integrity Investigation is a collaboration between the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International. The project receive …"

"… igation is a collaboration between the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International. The project received major funding fr …"

Methodology

By iWatch News

Additional information on the data for the State Integrity Investigation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Integrity":

"… ptured in the reporters’ and peer reviewers’ comments.  …"

"… .To identify the project’s Corruption Risk Indicators, staff from Global Integrity and the Center for Public Integrity contacted nearly 100 state-level organ …"

"… ion Risk Indicators, staff from Global Integrity and the Center for Public Integrity contacted nearly 100 state-level organizations working in the areas of goo …"

"… e day-to-day realities of state government operations. In addition, Global Integrity and the Center for Public Integrity included additional indicators that th …"

State Integrity Investigation releases preliminary data on government transparency

By iWatch News

The State Integrity Investigation makes available a massive collection of data on transparency in state governments

Excerpts from this story referencing "executive director":

"… s were as balanced and as accurate as possible,” wrote Nathaniel Heller, executive director at Global Integrity, a partner for the project.“We made early decisions …"

Political finance Is top international corruption concern

By Te-Ping Chen

Campaign finance reform may be a phrase of Washington coinage, but a new study by the nonprofit Global Integrity suggests that the influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Integrity":

"… be a phrase of Washington coinage, but a new study by the nonprofit Global Integrity suggests that the influence of private money in politics is rampant outsid …"

"… too — in fact, around the world.That’s the finding of the 2008 Global Integrity Report — scheduled for release tomorrow — which details international …"

"… gulation of political financing has ranked as the top problem since Global Integrity began producing its survey three years ago.Consider what happened in Bulga …"

"… nd Somalia, will be released Wednesday morning here.Due disclosure: Global Integrity was originally a project of the Center for Public Integrity; the group bec …"