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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… y review of documents indicates. The Virginia-based organization told the Federal Election Commission that it spent about $4.6 million on political ads and “voter contact” …"

"… ng spike roughly aligns with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, which allowed nonprofits like the 60 Plus Association to …"

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 "American Academy of Family Physicians":

"… of the importance of home visits. Dr. Reid Blackwelder, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, said that in his experience the home visits often aren’t well coordinat …"

New audits may recover missing millions — or not

By Fred Schulte

Secretive audits target some Medicare Advantage plans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… money than it deserves. Maria Gonzalez Knavel, a health care attorney in Milwaukee, said that if insurers have been reporting risk scores accurately, the imp …"

'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 "Pat McCrory":

"… victory in North Carolina. GOP control In the Tar Heel State, Republican Pat McCrory easily defeated Democrat Walter Dalton with the help of several outside gr …"

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 "St. Louis":

"… nged to make PTSD claims easier to prove. Brett Buchanan, a lawyer in the St. Louis area who helps veterans with their appeals, said he tells his clients “w …"

"… and Los Angeles beginning June 11. Sioux Falls received 2,600 claims from St. Louis, Houston and Portland, Ore. Meanwhile, Reno completed just more than 1,000 …"

'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 "Harold Ickes":

"… founder Ellen Malcolm, former Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope and Harold Ickes, a longtime adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton. It first registered with …"

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 "Milwaukee":

"… youth with severe emotional disturbances and achieve impressive outcomes. Milwaukee County, Wisc.: Wraparound Milwaukee, which pools funding from child w …"

"… and achieve impressive outcomes. Milwaukee County, Wisc.: Wraparound Milwaukee, which pools funding from child welfare, Medicaid, juvenile justice and me …"

"… d youth each year. With an annual budget of nearly $50 million, Wraparound Milwaukee has dramatically reduced the county’s use of psychiatric hospital and re …"

"… found that just 15 percent of delinquent teens participating in Wraparound Milwaukee — about half of the total program population — re-offended during thei …"

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 "Julian Robertson":

"… has the Robertson Foundation, which was established by hedge fund pioneer Julian Robertson, who personally donated $2.25 million to Restore Our Future, the main supe …"

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 "Milwaukee":

"… emocratic groups, led by the Obama campaign, enjoyed an edge in Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Norfolk and Roanoke, Va.Last-minute ads from conservative groups slammed …"

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 "Colorado":

"… nia and found mistakes in half the records it reviewed. A similar audit in Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas reported a 91% error rate for billing for …"

Green Party nominee rails against 'corporate rule'

By Michael Beckel

Constitutional amendment urged to invalidate Supreme Court decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… lities — from the liberal bastion of Boulder, Colo., to the conservative Milwaukee suburb of West Allis, Wis. — have passed ballot measures in a similar ve …"

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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… are Wisconsin and Greater Wisconsin — which fought for airtime with the Republican Governors Association and the  conservative group Americans for Prosperity.In the weekend b …"

"… line ads opposing Walker, and $30,000 more for a last-minute TV blitz. The Republican Governors Association spent more, dropping $475,000 on TV ads and $50,000 on Facebook ads opposi …"

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 "NEA Advocacy Fund":

"… the nation’s largest union, transferred $3 million to its super PAC, the NEA Advocacy Fund. A week later, that super PAC sent $500,000 to the We Are Wisconsin P …"

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

By Kate Golden, Bill Lueders and Amy Karon


Excerpts from this story referencing "executive director":

"… the governor without contributing, to be blunt,” Heim said.Mike McCabe, executive director of the nonpartisan watchdog Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, disagreed, notin …"

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 "American International Group":

"… side Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, the founder of financial services giant American International Group.Liberal-leaning media, such as Madison’s The Capital Times newspaper and …"

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 "Wisconsin":

"… inions of UW-Madison or its affiliates. …"

"… uch of it from groups outside the state.On Jan. 28, 2011, two weeks before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his plan to slash public employee unions’ pow …"

"… .To analyze how Walker has used his time as the state’s chief executive, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism reporters created a database of the mo …"

"… ompanies.The public can explore every entry in Walker’s calendars on the Wisconsin Center's site here.The calendars chronicle the life of a seemingly tireles …"

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 "Campaign for Youth Justice":

"… ange transfer laws to keep more minors in juvenile court, according to the Campaign for Youth Justice, a group that favors keeping young people in the juvenile justice system.I …"

"… juvenile detention facility, according to a 2007 study from the Campaign for Youth Justice, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.There’s also a significant racial …"

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 "Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism":

"… orry.’ ”Bill Lueders is the Money and Politics Project director at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. The project, a partnership of the Center and MapLight, is supported by th …"

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 "Supreme Court":

"… nance laws. In 1997 he chaired the victorious Wisconsin campaign for state Supreme Court Justice Jon Wilcox. The campaign prompted bipartisan charges from members …"

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 "Koch":

"… ervative advocacy group started in 2004 with largesse from the billionaire Koch brothers. It has 501(c)(4) status and can accept unlimited contributions f …"

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 "Milwaukee":

"… ute. The Walton Family Foundation hoped that its $8-million investment in Milwaukee charters would produce strong schools and a competitive environment to rai …"

"… petition can raise scores across school districts, and still hope that all Milwaukee schools will improve. The charter movement has yet to fulfill another key …"

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":

"… od and as safe as those already on the market. Cost is not a consideration.Breast cancer advocates blamed the slow pace on what they called a culture of foot-dragg …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… at did not serve any overriding national transportation strategy. …"

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 "Sheila Kaplan":

"… lds that they lacked the data to complete such a comprehensive finding.But Sheila Kaplan, the investigative reporter behind Great Lakes Danger Zones who spoke to D …"

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 "Sheila Kaplan":

"… rs of public service, I’ve never run into a situation like this.” Sheila Kaplan is a journalist who divides her time between Washington, D.C., and Norther …"

A poisoned prosecution

By Brooke Williams

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wasser":

"… t whose conviction had been reversed due to her conduct …"

"… fourth-degree sexual assault. The charge stemmed from a complaint filed by Wasser's then 20-year-old adopted daughter Samantha (not her real name).Wasser an …"

"… by Wasser's then 20-year-old adopted daughter Samantha (not her real name).Wasser and his wife Bonnie had dedicated their adult lives to helping abused and …"

"… hem for emergency placement when children had nowhere else to go. When the Wassers adopted 14-year-old Samantha, they knew the risks. Her previous foster fa …"

Anatomy of misconduct

By Steve Weinburg

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… ventually, both Hernandez and Cruz would also be cleared.The next year, an Illinois appellate court reversed the murder and sexual assault conviction of Denni …"

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 "Communication":

"… o fit the next piece of their puzzle for world media dominance." …"

"… billionaire Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and the fourth by Allbritton Communications.A survey of the hometowns of each of the five FCC commissioners …"

"… merates. Twenty-seven of those are owned by radio giant Clear Channel Communications.Among the findings of the survey:The cable systems in the five communitie …"

"… rogrammed by AOL Time Warner; Louisville's system is owned by Insight Communications Co., the nation's ninth-largest cable company.Of the 20 network affi …"