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 "Bank of America":

"… erforms money transfers for 70 percent of U.S. offenders. On Wall Street, Bank of America plays a perpetual second fiddle to JPMorgan Chase & Co., the only U.S. …"

"… the New York Metropolitan Correctional Center, there exists a market that Bank of America has locked down, literally. For the 790 federal prisoners incarcerated at …"

"… locked down, literally. For the 790 federal prisoners incarcerated at MCC, Bank of America controls the provision of money transfers, e-messaging and some telephone …"

"… f Prisons system — 121 institutions housing 214,365 inmates. Since 2000, Bank of America has collected at least $76.3 million for its work on the program. When in …"

Politicos souring on FEC advice?

By Dave Levinthal

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

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 "El Salvador":

"… angsters who objected to the father’s anti-gang rehabilitation center in El Salvador, according to the suit. Typically, “in court, the Department of Homelan …"

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 "law":

"… is actually a lobbyist and head of strategic communications for Dentons, a law firm representing the interests of zinc producer Jarden Zinc Products, a m …"

"… he Washington, D.C., address for Americans for Common Cents is the Dentons law firm. And the phone number listed for contacting the group is not in servi …"

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 "Scott Walker":

"… with coordination laws.” …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… d then started referring to it as IE for short,” said Adrian Eddleman, a Tennessee investment adviser who registered a super PAC called Conservatives for Tru …"

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 "Ronnie Greene":

"… ny in New York on Tuesday evening. Named on the award were Chris Hamby and Ronnie Greene, formerly of the Center; CPI’s Jim Morris and Chris Zubak-Skees; and ABC …"

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 "law":

"… gton by two Russian billionaire oligarchs represented by the powerful D.C. law firm of Akin Gump Strauss, Hauer, Feld, LLP. Published within days of the …"

"… butions totaled $4 million, and, in addition, five of the most prestigious law firms in America pledged, on a case-by-case basis, to defend the Center fo …"

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 "U.S. Department of Labor":

"… y lawyers 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'.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington, D.C.":

"… 8 and now works as the senior vice president of compliance services at the Washington, D.C.-based political technology firm Aristotle. Beyond its intent to “raise …"

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 "Tom Fitton":

"… wide. “I’m not sympathetic to their forgetting to check,” said Tom Fitton, president of the conservative-leaning Judicial Watch, an organization tha …"

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 "Harvard University":

"… s won the prestigious Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting given by Harvard University and other recognition. It is also a finalist for other honors. Until next …"

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.

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 "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… year. Over the years, Robinson Drilling has been penalized by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for numerous safety violations. Four Robinson Drilling workers have died s …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… like those that last year aided President Barack Obama and his GOP rival, Mitt Romney. The latest iteration is the single-issue vanity super PAC — a group ba …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Institute":

"… lung disease Work-related lung disease takes a heavy toll in America. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health — NIOSH, part of the Centers for Dise …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… n whether someone broke a law. In 2002, Congress passed — and President George W. Bush signed — the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, which among other reforms b …"

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 …"

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 "Law":

"… 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 …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… some degree,” Hamby writes, “more than 85,000 Americans still work to claw it from the earth. The same technological advances that have allowed great …"

"… aggressive tactics of the attorneys in the federal black lung unit of the law firm Jackson Kelly PLLC. For almost two centuries, the firm has served the …"

"… ews & World Report recently named it the nation’s top firm in mining law. Jackson Kelly’s name is on the lips of clinic workers, miners and lawye …"

"… g law. Jackson Kelly’s name is on the lips of clinic workers, miners and lawyers throughout Appalachia, and is emblazoned atop an office towering over …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ralph Janvey":

"… panies to return to investors. After four-and-a-half years, the receiver, Ralph Janvey, began mailing checks ranging from $2.81 to $110,000 to hundreds of invest …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… rds. He was an early member of the 2000 presidential vote recount team for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, according to his Republican National Lawyers Association& …"

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