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 "Politics":

"… tical action committees.According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Dorgan raised more than $13.3 million over his career, with $6.6 million …"

"… firms, gave Dorgan about $650,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics — more than any other industry except law firms.During the scandal surro …"

"… disclosed their donors, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. That’s down from about 93 percent during the 2006 election cycle.The re …"

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 "Secretary of Defense":

"… cifically call for defense cuts, it mirrors the strategic plan laid out by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who called in January for moving away from heavy land f …"

"… nal approval by the International Security Advisory Board including former Secretary of Defense William Perry, the former commander of the Global Strike Command, and many …"

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 "Texas":

"… to pay $13 million in fines to settle more than 400 safety violations at a Texas refinery that suffered a catastrophic explosion in 2005, Labor Secretary H …"

"… olis said Thursday.The violations stemmed from a 2009 inspection of BP’s Texas City refinery by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA c …"

"… ement will save lives.” BP has promised to fix all the cited problems in Texas City by the end of this year.Jordan Barab, deputy assistant secretary of l …"

"… il, the Center for Public Integrity reported that two BP refineries — in Texas City and Toledo, Ohio — accounted for 97 percent of the flagrant violati …"

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 Secretary":

"… ntee.And, the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News reported last year, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that conditional commitment to back Solyndra before c …"

'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 "Integrity":

"… .    …"

"… s happened since. The project — a collaboration of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International, with cooperation from th …"

"… The project — a collaboration of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International, with cooperation from the Investigative Ne …"

"… our package is continuing to resonate across the country. Since the State Integrity Investigation was launched, reform efforts have been initiated in 16 state …"

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 "Global Integrity":

"… he Center 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 "Rick Scott":

"… its agenda.Integrity Florida has also met with senior members of Governor Rick Scott’s staff, who received an advanced copy of the group’s report.Lane Wrig …"

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 "Global Integrity":

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

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

"… p;Public Radio International. The invitation was also recognition for Global Integrity and the Center’s efforts to engage reform-minded partners in state gover …"

"… based reforms based on the SII. After the publication of the SII findings, Global Integrity and other partner organizations have been reaching out to state-level publ …"

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 "Rita Allen Foundation":

"… . The project received major funding from the Omidyar Network and the Rita Allen Foundation, with additional support from the Rockefeller Family Fund. …"

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 "Campaign finance reform":

"… endent in 2005.Be sure to keep up to date with the Center’s Twitter feed. …"