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 "Senate primary":

"… spent more than $250,000 on political ads, mostly in Nebraska’s GOP U.S. Senate primary, where it endorsed Midland University President Ben Sasse, who ultimately …"

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 "Washington":

"… se visits. Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington refused numerous requests for comment and declined to answer questions pos …"

"… ts to continue has played only a bit part in a howling political debate in Washington over cutting Medicare Advantage rates. Yet it could cost taxpayers billion …"

New audits may recover missing millions — or not

By Fred Schulte

Secretive audits target some Medicare Advantage plans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lawyer":

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

'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 "Democratic Party":

"… es of outside cash. In New Hampshire, for instance, the DGA gave the state Democratic Party nearly $3 million, which mostly went to helping Hassan. Analyzing outside …"

"… how you feel about raising prices on Arkansas families.” The state’s Democratic Party tried to fight back against the group by producing a TV ad starring Democr …"

"… t,” says Kathy Sullivan, the Hassan advisor and former head of the state Democratic Party. The money is “gross” and so is the lack of disclosure, she says. Sul …"

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 "Office of Personnel Management":

"… ocessors shared $5.5 million in bonuses, according to salary data from the Office of Personnel Management. The more complex claims were often set aside by workers so they could ke …"

"… bonuses to some employees even as their claims backlogs grew. During 2012, Office of Personnel Management records show, some of the most troubled offices gave their employees the m …"

'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 "Hillary Clinton":

"… cutive director Carl Pope and Harold Ickes, a longtime adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton. It first registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 527 committee …"

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 "lawyer":

"… nion-free.” Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s husband is Mark J. Bradley, a lawyer for Ruder Ware, a Wisconsin-based law firm that specializes in decertifyin …"

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 "Milwaukee":

"… 3.15 million to the committee pushing for the proposal, records show. The Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation has also been a major financial b …"

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 "Todd Akin":

"… ll.McCaskill’s allies spent about $3 million during the same period.Rep. Todd Akin, her Republican opponent, bucked calls from his own party to drop out of t …"

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 "Medicaid":

"… n Washington. McClellan, a former director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, said the agency must send a message that it “won’t s …"

Green Party nominee rails against 'corporate rule'

By Michael Beckel

Constitutional amendment urged to invalidate Supreme Court decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… .In Congress, there are more than a dozen proposed amendments aimed at the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, which allowed wealthy individuals, corporations …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… The record spending total was made possible thanks to the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court decision — which had the effect of invalidating Wisconsin’s …"

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 "Milwaukee":

"… s, who have largely been a partner in economic development.”Walker faces Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on June 5 in a nationally watched recall election.This t …"

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 "Milwaukee":

"… etition drive that has forced Walker into a recall election June 5 against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Spending on the race is expected to hit $80 million, mu …"

"… onth, the calendars clocked just two hours for media: two TV interviews in Milwaukee, an open press call and a conference on his children’s reading initiativ …"

"… e entry. Rindfleisch, who was Walker’s deputy chief of staff when he was Milwaukee county executive, was charged in January this year with four felony counts …"

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 "Illinois":

"… use of firearms.”Wisconsin’s new law, which took effect Nov. 1, leaves Illinois as the lone state with a blanket ban on carrying concealed weapons. The NR …"

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 "Milwaukee":

"… s for the Cain campaign, according to financial documents disclosed by the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.One financial document cited by the paper shows …"

"… s not have to identify its donors or disclose how much money they gave.The Milwaukee newspaper, which relied heavily on Prosperity USA’s financial documents …"

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 "CEO":

"… w about the report until you brought it up on the show.”Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, has steadily climbed to the top tier of Republican …"

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 "Lois Leveen":

"… nes that have such huge ramifications for our future is to be commended." Lois Leveen, communication director for Grantmakers for Education, a nonprofit associa …"

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 "Milwaukee":

"… at’s life. I’m willing to accept it,” Casano said.Sharon Huizenga of Milwaukee, 65, has only recently signed up for Medicare, and like Casano, she prefer …"

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 "Milwaukee":

"… ongressional district, which includes farm communities as well as southern Milwaukee suburbs. Now 40, Ryan is the senior Republican on the House Budget Committ …"

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 "Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry":

"… iginally scheduled for release in July 2007, was undertaken by the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) at the request of the International Joint Commission, an independe …"

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 "chief":

"… on of toxicology and environmental medicine, Dr. Howard Frumkin, ATSDR’s chief, wrote that the quality of the study was “well below expectations.” Wh …"

A poisoned prosecution

By Brooke Williams

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… from Wisconsin Lutheran College, a four-year, coed liberal arts school in Milwaukee. Wasser found a handwritten note from Samantha to her boyfriend, a man she …"

"… Samantha about the note. Later, he drove her back to college.The drive to Milwaukee was tense—but still, the conflict with Samantha seemed minor to Wasser, …"

"… Before Resch filed the charges against him, he was the head director of a Milwaukee boarding school. Now he can't step foot on campus."It's a loss of professi …"

Anatomy of misconduct

By Steve Weinburg

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… al politics will play a role. E. Michael McCann, the elected prosecutor in Milwaukee, Wis., since 1968, has stood for re-election several times and understands …"

"… imes filled with error for all sorts of well-intended or nefarious reasons.Milwaukee District Attorney E. Michael McCann says that decades of working closely w …"

"… Police who question eyewitnesses can exercise a huge influence. McCann in Milwaukee worries about the "overzealous officer who inappropriately suggests inform …"

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 "head":

"… ago, it is not in its new markets. Despite the FCC rule, the company went ahead with the merger.The FCC can't do anything about the Times Mirror deal unti …"

"… p. and Fox has consumer advocates and competitors worrying that News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch may use the direct broadcast pipeline to push his own progr …"