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How watchdog journalism makes a difference

By Bill Buzenberg

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

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.

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"… 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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"… ago. Yet new cases filed with the department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges have risen by 68 percent in the past five years, with a 134-percent …"

"… tired Labor Department Lawyer who runs the Longshore Claimants’ National Law Center in Washington. “They can’t hold out for another year or two or …"

"… medical care he needed, Bouhout believes. “He might be alive today.” Lawyer Dupree, representing Ratliff’s estate, and Chartis — now known simp …"

"… rallels the underfunding” of the department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges. When insurers don’t pay, claimants’ medical costs are transfe …"

How Washington starves its election watchdog

By Dave Levinthal

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

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.

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"… , 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.

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"… d by the Center, the firm has argued that its tactics are entirely proper. Lawyers and judges have said the behavior revealed in these known cases likely …"

"… orm of the disease. But federal black lung cases are almost never simple. Lawyers like those at Jackson Kelly thrive on medical uncertainty and alternat …"

"… clearly indicates that this is not complicated disease.” Administrative Law Judge Miller made it clear that the pathology report was vital in his  …"

"… s whose rulings it didn’t like. In a pair of cases before Administrative Law Judge Fletcher Campbell in 2004, the firm refused to answer questions abou …"

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.

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 …"

FEC nominees win Rules Committee endorsement

By Dave Levinthal

Senate Rules Committee endorses nominations of Lee Goodman, Ann Ravel

Senate committee delays vote on FEC nominees

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Obama's two new picks for elections agency must wait a little longer to learn their fate.

Ex-Wall Street chieftains living large in post-meltdown world

By Alison Fitzgerald

CEOs of banks that fueled the subprime crisis that led to the economic meltdown largely avoid consequences.

Best of friends: Baltimore mayor, chemical lobbyist

By Ronnie Greene

As she lobbies City Hall, the ACC's Lisa Harris Jones remains exceedingly close to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

West Virginia races primed for super PAC activity

By Michael Beckel

'West Virginians for Results' registered by D.C. attorney with strong ties to Republicans.

Senate committee to soon vote on FEC nominees

By Dave Levinthal

Senate Rules Committee scheduled to vote in early September.

Investors, companies fuel super PAC tied to Boehner

By Michael Beckel

Hamburger chain, wealthy businessmen among Congressional Leadership Fund's first backers in 2013.

Suit alleges mistreatment of California minors with mental health problems

By Susan Ferriss

California litigation cites 'unconscionable conditions' in Contra Costa County.

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"… hts Advocates and the San Paul Hastings private Law firm in San Francisco. Lawyers filing the suit say they have corresponded with probation and other of …"

New super PAC on Arkansas' horizon

By Michael Beckel

Newly registered 'Arkansas Horizon' super PAC could play pivotal role in contentious Senate race.

Gun groups raising unprecedented cash in 2013

By Adam Wollner and Reity O'Brien

Advocates, opponents of firearms control gin up money machine as Congress debates legislation.

Democrats seize super PAC crown

By Michael Beckel

Liberal groups outraised conservative counterparts 2-to-1 in first half of 2013.

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"… n an uneven playing field,” said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in California. “This is the political reality.” Twenty super P …"

FEC nominations moving forward

By Dave Levinthal

The Senate Rules Committee is planning an appointment hearing for July 24.

Campaign finance heavyweights in bitter battle

By Adam Wollner

It's CREW vs. James Bopp in row over payments from nonprofit to law firm.

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"… ch, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization he co-founded in 1997, to the Bopp Law Firm for personal financial gain. “Mr. Bopp is well-known for pushing t …"

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