Megabanks have prison financial services market locked up

By Daniel Wagner

Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase & Co. avoid competitive bidding process in contracts serving federal prisoners.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Law":

"… n, said Kathleen Clark, a professor at the Washington University School of Law who studies government ethics. Treasury’s broad use of its authority pre …"

Politicos souring on FEC advice?

By Dave Levinthal

Requests for election law rulings plummet as ideological gridlock envelops commission.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… aid, adding that strong, deregulatory federal court rulings this decade in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and others give many political actors courage that their politicking is be …"

Hobbled IRS can't stem 'dark money' flow

By Julie Patel

Budget and staffing cuts, endless congressional investigations keep IRS from investigating activities of political nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… cycle from next to nothing only a few years before, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Aghast, watchdog groups and politicos filed numerous complaints wit …"

"… cycle, a presidential election year, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.  Millions of dollars more have been spent by social welfare nonprof …"

"… o the FEC. Said Robert Maguire, a political nonprofit investigator at the Center for Responsive Politics: “The amount of 'dark money' this cycle will far eclipse what we saw in …"

Class-action suit: Wrong to put kids into immigration court with no lawyers to help

By Susan Ferriss

Kids whose dad was killed by gangsters are among the plaintiffs in a suit arguing that children should have lawyers in immigration court.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Northwest Immigrant Rights Project":

"… n Washington, D.C.; K&L Gates, a law firm in Washington, D.C.; and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle. In response to the suit, Andrew S. Muñoz, public affairs off …"

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 "America":

"… erest groups to gain support for their agendas from government and average Americans. Americans for Common Cents was created in 1990 to “inform and educat …"

"… to gain support for their agendas from government and average Americans. Americans for Common Cents was created in 1990 to “inform and educate policymake …"

"… York Post, Chicago Tribune, New York Times and CNN have failed to mention American for Common Cents’ industry connection. In a press release, claiming wid …"

"… ices, which listed the zinc producer as a recipient of federal contracts. Americans for Common Cents is not a registered nonprofit, nor is it a business ent …"

How cozy can candidates be with political groups?

By Rachel Baye

A Wisconsin probe into recall campaigns highlights murky rules nationwide about how much candidates and outside groups can coordinate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minnesota":

"… edly independent groups seemingly work hand in hand, while Connecticut and Minnesota recently affirmed that such groups must keep their distance. Meanwhile, f …"

"… ce law in June, and the DGA dropped the rest of its lawsuit. Similarly in Minnesota, GOP candidate for governor Jeff Johnson recently asked the state’s Camp …"

"… political spender, according to the Associated Press. The answer was no. Minnesota law says spending can be considered independent only if it is made without …"

Happy birthday, super PAC!

By Marcelo Rochabrun

Name for 'independent expenditure-only committee' turns 4 years old, but still not fully integrated into common language.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Roll Call":

"… ral Election Commission has adopted the term and uses it widely. Credit a Roll Call reporter for coining “super PAC” as it’s known today. Then writing …"

CPI-ABC black lung series wins Loeb award

A CPI-ABC News investigation of the flawed federal benefits system for miners with black lung on Tuesday won a Gerald Loeb award.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… estigation, which also won the Pulitzer Prize and the Goldsmith award from Harvard University, revealed how ailing miners have been deprived of modest benefits by a law …"

25 years, countless investigations and 935 lies

By Charles Lewis

Founder Chuck Lewis tells how the Center for Public Integrity came to be in this excerpt from his new book.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Journalism":

"… hamster wheel,” as Dean Starkman so insightfully put it in the Columbia Journalism Review. The advent of the Internet, which makes publication so much easier …"

"… ite devoted to international exposés,” according to the Encyclopedia of Journalism. One mark of an enduring institution is the ability to survive one or more …"

"… orms of litigation. To provide such a shield, the Fund for Independence in Journalism, a 509 (a) (3) endowment and legal defense support organization, was creat …"

FEC struggles to appoint top lawyer

By Dave Levinthal

Agency that enforces campaign laws has gone without a general counsel for nearly a year — and counting.

Labor Department unveils rule to protect coal miners following Center investigation

By Chris Hamby

Move is a direct response to disclosures that lawyers kept key evidence from sick miners, which caused some to lose benefits cases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Labor":

"… yers are suing the firm in a West Virginia court, alleging fraud. …"

Ex-FEC leader starts New Hampshire super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Former FEC Chairman David Mason establishes 'New Hampshire PAC to Save America'.

Federal judges plead guilty

By Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

Judges acknowledge conflicts of interest Center found in 26 cases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wells Fargo":

"… anking giant. Faced with the threat of foreclosure, Bah and his wife sued Wells Fargo Bank beginning in 2008, claiming that the bank engaged in predatory lendin …"

"… gage to the Bowie, Md., house where they live with their three daughters. Wells Fargo, his original complaint alleged, “took advantage” of Bah — a native …"

"… judge federal appellate panel confirmed a district court order in favor of Wells Fargo, dismissing Bah’s claims. At the time, 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal …"

"… bankruptcy in 2009. But he struggles to keep up with mortgage payments to Wells Fargo and now questions the outcome in the case that had been his chance to keep …"

How watchdog journalism makes a difference

By Bill Buzenberg

Impact from 'Breathless and Burdened' a textbook example of the power of relentless reporting.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Labor":

"… ese miners and their families receive justice. I’ll continue to push the Department of Labor to make the necessary reforms to get this right.” A spokesman for the N …"

Lawyer selected for Czech ambassadorship also major Obama fundraiser

By Michael Beckel

Attorney Andrew Schapiro has become the latest of the president's campaign bundlers tapped for a top diplomatic post.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Law":

"… ck Obama has nominated attorney Andrew Schapiro, one of his former Harvard Law School classmates and a prolific fundraiser for the president, to be the n …"

"… y the U.S. Senate for the job, he will replace Norm Eisen, another Harvard Law School classmate of Obama's who previously served in the White House as th …"

Nonprofits spend money on campaigns despite benefactors' warnings

By Julie Patel

Despite warning, four nonprofits spent money on 2012 elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… le Leadership didn’t return phone calls and emails seeking comment. The Iowa-based American Future Fund, founded by Nick Ryan, a GOP consultant, receiv …"

"… . Berkley. Ryan declined to comment, and Sandy Greiner, a state senator in Iowa who was listed as American Future Fund’s president, did not return phone …"

"… donor intent restrictions,” Geoff Greenwood, communications director for Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s office, said in an email, adding that he c …"

Transfers allow nonprofits to spend more money on campaigns, experts say

By Julie Patel

Groups move money to maximize amount that can be used to advocate for or against candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "bank":

"… purposes to a small nonprofit that has just a few thousand dollars in the bank. The smaller nonprofit could then go to donors and make the case that ever …"

Saturated with oil money, Texas legislature saved industry from pollution rule

By David Hasemyer, Ben Wieder and Alan Suderman

An effort to impose stricter rules on Texas oil and gas operators in 2011 fizzled after the state legislature got involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… ributions from the industry they regulate. But with support from the House Energy Resources Committee, of which Tom Craddick is a member, it has beaten back …"

"… d have regulated or taxed the industry in some way. Most died in the House Energy Resources Committee, where six of the 11 members, including Craddick, own …"

"… e inherited mineral rights from her parents worth as much as $10,000. The Energy Resources Committee is led by Republican Rep. Jim Keffer, whose investment …"

"… cturing of the Railroad Commission. But the core reforms died in the House Energy Resources Committee, where Keffer, the nine-term Republican with hefty ene …"

Billionaires use super PACs to advance pet causes

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy donors who bankrolled their own issue-focused super PACs dominated the 2013 fundraising game.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… rs (No. 5), the AFL-CIO (No. 7) and AFSCME (No. 8). Also on the list: the Democratic Governors Association (No. 3), which largely used its super PAC to funnel money to McAuliffe's c …"

Federal appeals court sides with law firm in black lung case, but finds actions 'hardly admirable'

By Chris Hamby

Coal law firm's withholding of evidence not "fraud on the court," appeals court rules, shifting long-standing battle to West Virginia.

Excerpts from this story referencing "West Virginia":

"… c fraud — a key question to be resolved in an ongoing civil suit in West Virginia state court. The case involved the claim of miner Gary Fox for federal bl …"

"… claims, as well as condemnation from judges, an ongoing investigation by West Virginia disciplinary officials, a call for a federal investigation by two congress …"

"… said. "For nearly 200 years, Jackson Kelly has represented clients across West Virginia and the nation, and we have always been known as strong and able advocates …"

"… after Friday’s decision. The battleground now shifts to state court in West Virginia, where Karlin and Cline have sued Jackson Kelly on behalf of Fox and the f …"

Highlights of Offshore Leaks so far

By Kimberley Porteous and Emily Menkes

Highlights of ICIJ's offshore leaks investigation.

Rising caseload, fewer Labor Department judges triggers painful mix for suffering laborers

By Jim Morris

A federal worker compensation program once viewed as a model now suffers rising caseloads — but fewer judges, triggering frustration.

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… k decades after Durbin’s employment and chemical exposure ended. An AIG spokesman would not comment on either the Ratliff or the Durbin cases. In a statemen …"

How Washington starves its election watchdog

By Dave Levinthal

Agency hamstrung by political bickering, case backlogs, staff departures — even Chinese hackers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican National Committee":

"… iley Rein LLP’s election law practice and former general counsel for the Republican National Committee and President George H. W. Bush’s 1988 campaign, suggests Capitol Hill i …"

Days after investigation, coal miners' safety net scrutinized

By Bill Buzenberg

Center's 'Breathless and Burdened' series leads U.S. senators to call for changes, major hospital to halt program and review practices.

Inside a coal company exam

By Chris Hamby

Gathered in a hospital in southwestern Virginia, miners wait their turn for a black lung exam by a doctor chosen by the coal company.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Law":

"… , W.Va. Zaldivar did not respond to messages requesting an interview. Dr. Lawrence Repsher, who also has testified regularly for coal companies, is also …"

Center series digs into the 'epidemic' of deadly black lung disease

By Bill Buzenberg

Three-part series finds coal industry law firm playing role in denying benefits to dying miners.

Coal industry's go-to law firm withheld evidence of black lung, at expense of sick miners

By Chris Hamby

In part 1 of a series, the Center details how a major law firm withheld evidence of black lung, helping defeat miners' claims for benefits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… ons. Four of the board’s five members were appointed under the Reagan or George W. Bush administrations. The administrative court system, originally meant to ben …"

Who funds the shadowy nonprofit behind Arizona’s economic development initiatives?

By Nicholas Kusnetz

How Reporter Nicholas Kusnetz attempted to track down supporters of a secretive nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… wyer with Quarles and Brady. Colangelo declined to comment. Ray Artigue, a spokesman for Don Cardon, said Cardon was no longer involved with Team ACA and refer …"

"… CEO). Zito and D’Amico did not return phone calls, though Ryan Rauzon, a spokesman for Apollo Group, confirmed that the company gave Team ACA $100,000 in 201 …"

Majority of funds recovered in Stanford Ponzi scheme spent by receiver

By Lauren Kyger and Alison Fitzgerald

Lawyer recovering funds for victims in Stanford Ponzi scheme spends $124 million to recover $235 million.

Federal Election Commission gets new blood

By Dave Levinthal

The U.S. Senate approves Obama's Federal Election Commission picks by unanimous consent.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Law":

"… m for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, according to his Republican National Lawyers Association biography.  In court, he has previously argued …"