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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… nd super PACs” that are seeking to defeat the president.“We don't have Sheldon Adelson, and with all due respect, we don't want him,” Obama campaign adviser Da …"

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 "cuts":

"… d Aug. 30.) While the platform does not specifically call for defense cuts, it mirrors the strategic plan laid out by Secretary of Defense Leon Panet …"

"… ense spending if elected in November. In the survey, however, overall cuts in defense spending were supported by voters from both sides of the politi …"

"… of Republicans and nine in 10 Democrats polled supported making immediate cuts.The average amount was around $103 billion, a substantial portion of the c …"

"… vey, members of the public showed little hesitation about making cuts in nuclear forces, however. Respondents on average favored at least a 27 p …"

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 "Integrity":

"… workers and spilling about 5 million barrels of oil, the Center for Public Integrity reported that two BP refineries — in Texas City and Toledo, Ohio — acc …"

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 "energy":

"… in supporting the solar panel maker with President Obama’s maiden green energy loan in 2009.The $535 million loan, which bankrolled a vast new manufactur …"

"… nt, Calif., was part of a broad government mission to kick-start the clean energy movement: Solyndra’s unique solar panels would cover commercial rooftops …"

"… OMB employee wrote March 10, 2009, government emails show. Ten days later, energy officials announced Solyndra was in line to be the first company to secure …"

"… s announced Solyndra was in line to be the first company to secure a green energy loan guarantee.And, the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News reported …"

'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 "North Dakota":

"… nificant legislation has also been introduced in South Carolina, Maine and North Dakota. Where legislators have been slow to act, in some cases the executive bra …"

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 …"

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

watchdog

Excerpts from this story referencing "Integrity":

"… ACs.  …"

"… ormist nerve. Our state-by-state comparison, produced with partners Global Integrity and Public Radio International, has illuminated the often obscure, closed- …"

"… self-dealing. This is the discouraging picture that emerges from the State Integrity Investigation, a massive, first-of-its-kind, data-driven assessment of tra …"

"… rom the year-long probe, which is a collaboration of the Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International and Global Integrity:Only 5 states got a B gra …"

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 "Integrity":

"… at transparency in U.S. state governments has been made public. The State Integrity Investigation released its preliminary findings — a set of more tha …"

"… eSee how your state fared in each of these areas, and 9 others on the StateIntegrity.org website.“We wanted to open the research and reporting process up to …"

"… urate as possible,” wrote Nathaniel Heller, executive director at Global Integrity, a partner for the project.“We made early decisions to publish the names …"

"… the official project launch. Many of those decisions were novel for Global Integrity, and we are anxiously awaiting early feedback to see whether some of this …"

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 "Iraq":

"… full contents of the report, including the first-ever country analyses of Iraq and Somalia, will be released Wednesday morning here.Due disclosure: Globa …"