Koch-backed seniors group low-balling election spending?

By Michael Beckel

The 60 Plus Association tells the IRS it barely spends money on politics — despite funding millions in candidate attack ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… astly understated its level of election spending on federal tax filings, a Center for Public Integrity review of documents indicates. The Virginia-based organization told the F …"

"… ich also has flourished since the Citizens United decision. According to a Center for Public Integrity review of federal tax documents and data collected by the Center for Respo …"

"… ler amounts from a handful of other advocacy organizations, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of tax documents maintained by CitizenAudit.org. They include neve …"

Home is where the money is for Medicare Advantage plans

By Fred Schulte

Medicare Advantage home visits may not improve health, but boost risk scores and cost taxpayers billions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… plans are paid fairly for taking on that responsibility. Scott Weiner, a Virginia Medicare billing expert, said health plans that don’t bill aggressively …"

"… , said Brian Wise, chief executive officer of Advance Health in Chantilly, Virginia. “I know there is a lot of good happening. People who are in danger are …"

New audits may recover missing millions — or not

By Fred Schulte

Secretive audits target some Medicare Advantage plans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Francisco":

"… sampling data reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. Mary Inman, a San Francisco lawyer who represents whistleblowers, said officials have been concerned f …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… run overtly political ads without ever having to report the spending. In Michigan, for example, outside groups officially reported spending $4 million. But …"

Claims processors received bonuses while backlog more than doubled

By Mary Shinn, Daniel Moore and Steven Rich

Veterans Affairs processors shared millions in awards while claims piled high, News21 investigation finds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Army":

"… e Boston office. Sean Meade was a National Guardsman who deployed with the Army to Iraq for a tour during 2006 and 2007. Claims processors denied his disa …"

"… ty compensation. Stephen Leon served two tours in Afghanistan and won the Army Commendation Medal for valor after a firefight with three suicide bombers …"

'America Votes' spent nearly $1 million on Wisconsin recall

By Adam Wollner

Progressive nonprofit, fueled by unions, targeted Wisconsin recall elections in 2011 and 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. House of Representatives":

"… up backed Obama and Nevada Democrat Steven Horsford, who won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in November and opposed Colorado GOP congressional candidate Joe Coors, wh …"

Only a few states enact evidence-based care for troubled youth

Amid widespread inaction on evidence-based treatment for delinquent youth, a few states get it right.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Behavior":

"… RECLAIM program offers evidence-based at-home therapy programs, while the Behavioral Health Juvenile Justice program offers intensive at-home or community-ba …"

"… hen, the state has erected a statewide system of care — the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative — that is overseen by six care management entities a …"

Wisconsin justice's spouse head of union-busting law firm

By Chris Young

Wisconsin Supreme Court justice married to head of firm that battles unions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… to hear the appeal of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting law, despite the fact that her husband is the president …"

Jeb Bush's education nonprofit rakes in cash

By Michael Beckel

Former Florida governor, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, has raised millions to push education reform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jeb Bush":

"… or the Center’s journalistic work.     …"

Super PACs spend big for Romney in final weeks of campaign

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Super PACs and nonprofits spent $190 million in the last three weeks of the election on the presidential race

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… rparts in the presidential race $84 million to $20 million, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission records collected by the Sunlight …"

How doctors and hospitals have collected billions in questionable Medicare fees

By Fred Schulte and David Donald

Center investigation suggests cost from upcoding and other abuses likely tops $11 billion.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare fraud":

"… Obama administration has made a significant commitment to cracking down on Medicare fraud and abuse, officials don’t appear to have an aggressive strategy for cut …"

Green Party nominee rails against 'corporate rule'

By Michael Beckel

Constitutional amendment urged to invalidate Supreme Court decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Green Party":

"… ” …"

"… t runoff voting and the elimination of "corporate personhood."In 2008, the Green Party garnered only about 0.1 percent of the vote. And to amend the U.S. Constit …"

"… mittee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has planned a hearing Tuesday.Still, Green Party activists such as David Cobb, a lawyer from Texas who was the party’s pr …"

"… bb said during his presentation in a classroom filled with more than fifty Green Party activists on the University of Baltimore campus.Cobb argued that corporati …"

Walker wins Wisconsin recall election flooded with outside spending

By Paul Abowd

Record campaign spending followed by record turnout in Wisconsin recall vote.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… bsp; …"

Wisconsin recall breaks record thanks to outside cash

By Paul Abowd

All eyes are on Wisconsin recall election as unions square off against deep-pocketed GOP donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… suggesting that national unions have propped up his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.While Barrett has received about 26 percent of his $4 mi …"

"… Barrett during the Democratic primary for trying to wring concessions from Milwaukee public employees.But when Falk lost to Barrett in the May 8 Democratic pri …"

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker grants significant access to companies, donors

By Kate Golden, Bill Lueders and Amy Karon


Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… have to be a campaign donor or corporate executive to get an audience with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. But it doesn’t hurt.Walker received contributions fro …"

"… ies that appear in his official calendars, according to an analysis by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.These employees and PACs gave Walker a …"

"… llion since May 2009, just after he declared his candidacy for governor.“Wisconsin is Open for Business,” the Republican governor proclaimed in a press rel …"

"… Gov. Walker has been working hard to encourage job creators to expand in Wisconsin,” Werwie said in an email interview. “It should be no surprise that th …"

Wisconsin Gov. Walker’s conservative media appearances pay off as he raises millions from out-of-state donors

By Kate Golden and Amy Karon

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's national conservative media appearances have helped him to raise millions from out-of-state donors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… Coming Sunday, May 20: Who got access to Walker? …"

"… strategy — a constant public-relations focus in a 24-hour news world.“Scott Walker is a modern politician,”  said Geoffrey Skelley, political analyst …"

Walker’s official work time declines as national fame grows

By Kate Golden and Amy Karon

Wisconsin governor's official work time declines as national fame grows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dennis Dresang":

"… ople were explicitly talking about recall as a measure right away,” said Dennis Dresang, founding director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the Univ …"

Minor offenders, major consequences

By Julie Strupp

Why Wisconsin’s justice system continues to treat 17-year-olds as adults

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… sconsin.In three previous legislative sessions, state Rep. Fred Kessler, D-Milwaukee, has introduced a bill that would place 17-year-olds back in juvenile cour …"

"… olds back in juvenile court. He plans to offer it again. Kessler, a former Milwaukee juvenile court judge, says the existing law is too harsh for most young of …"

"… les in serious cases to be tried in adult court.State Rep. Fred Kessler, D-Milwaukee, is introducing legislation that would put 17-year-olds back in the juveni …"

A long wait yields expansive new freedoms in Wisconsin

By Bill Lueders

NRA calls state's new concealed-carry law 'one of nation's strongest'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Donna Seidel":

"… many more have taken steps to prohibit these, as the law allows.State Rep. Donna Seidel, D-Wausau, a leading opponent of concealed carry in Wisconsin, sees this a …"

Koch-related group is reviewing financial transactions with Cain aide's charity

By Peter H. Stone

Americans for Prosperity ties to Cain aide under review

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Koch":

"… to meet with Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, and David Koch.Koch’s family controls the nation’s second largest privately held comp …"

Questions about Herman Cain's financial support from a tax-exempt charity

By Peter H. Stone

Cain hit with financial questions, in addition to sexual harassment charges

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… several years. Cain is scheduled to speak Friday at AFP’s convention in Washington.  …"

Back to school for the billionaires

By Rita Beamish

Business titans find reforming schools much harder than just writing checks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… ch data was available from the nationally recognized Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. iWatch News also looked at the holy grail of the educati …"

"… have been," says James Kemple, author of a study just published by Harvard Education Press that cites real gains from the Klein reforms in New York. "We are no …"

"… a 16-state sample tested better than in traditional public schools. A U.S Education Department-commissioned study last year was similarly mixed. “Putting t …"

"… to be commended." Lois Leveen, communication director for Grantmakers for Education, a nonprofit association representing 260 foundations, agrees. "The overa …"

Unproven for older women, digital mammography saps Medicare dollars

By Joe Eaton, Elizabeth Lucas and David Donald

High-tech, digital mammography may not be any better at detecting breast cancer in women over 65 than older film-based systems, but Medicare

Excerpts from this story referencing "breast cancer":

"… s magazines suggesting digital mammograms were more effective at finding breast cancer than traditional film tests. They played on emotions with mother and child …"

"… market.But experts say the newer technology has not been proven to improve breast cancer detection, particularly among women 65 and older who make up the vast majo …"

"… technology took off. In 2003, film mammograms made up all but 4 percent of breast cancer mammography claims. By 2008, digital mammography had trumped film, rising …"

"… by the Center suggests digital mammography may have increased the cost of breast cancer screening by more than $350 million from 2003 to 2008, further depleting t …"

Paul Ryan — Budget Committee

By Caitlin Ginley

Paul Ryan went to Congress at the age of 28, representing Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, which includes farm communities as well as

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Washington Post":

"… rack Obama recognized it as a “serious proposal”.In an August op-ed in The Washington Post, Ryan said Medicare would consume 12 percent of the U.S. gross domestic pr …"

Obama proposal aims at problems highlighted in Center series

By Gordon Witkin

President Barack Obama’s proposal to spur the ailing U.S. economy by investing in transportation infrastructure is an effort to restart a st

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… he Center for Public Integrity last year.In a campaign-style appearance in Milwaukee on Sunday, the president proposed $50 billion in new spending next year on …"

The not-so-dangerous zones?

By Caitlin Ginley

An independent review panel found last week that the Center’s Great Lakes Danger Zones project was based on a Centers for Disease Control an

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… the International Joint Commission, an independent group that advises the United States and Canada on the Great Lakes. The Center published the report in February …"

Great lakes: Danger zones?

By Sheila Kaplan

A report that top officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thought was too hot for the public to handle

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… ncluding such major metropolitan areas as Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee—may face elevated health risks from being exposed to dioxin, PCBs, pesti …"

A poisoned prosecution

By Brooke Williams

Misconduct in sexual abuse cases damages reputations—and can ruin lives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lawyer":

"… with pay while he looked into her conduct in Wasser's case. The Office of Lawyer Regulations began its investigation by convening a small panel of clerks a …"

Anatomy of misconduct

By Steve Weinburg

There's much to learn when a trial goes terribly wrong

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Jersey":

"… t shed light on how a prosecutor can improperly manipulate a grand jury. A New Jersey ruling, for example, threw out the sexual assault indictment of James H. G …"

Captive audience

By John Dunbar

A few big media firms dominate 4 of 5 FCC commissioners' hometownsA few big media firms dominate 4 of 5 FCC commissioners' hometowns

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles Times":

"… e of the Times Mirror Co. for $8.7 billion. The purchase included the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and the Hartford Courant.The merger made Tribune the o …"