'Outside' groups swamp Florida's airwaves in race for governor

By Rachel Baye

Lax laws allow candidates to work so closely with outside groups, contribution limits become almost irrelevant.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… same sources, going through different vehicles.” …"

"… AG. The phenomenon stems in part from a new campaign finance law that the Florida Legislature passed last year. The change made it easier for independent po …"

"… n Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall election campaign, for example. Yet in Florida, such coordination is not only legal, but the norm. “The idea that ther …"

"… ion,” said Dan Smith, a political science professor at the University of Florida. Without firewalls, though, limits on how much money candidates can raise …"

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 "Saddam Hussein":

"… ied 935 “false statements” about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.  …"

The Center for Public Integrity's response to ABC News

By Bill Buzenberg

Setting the record straight over credit on the Pulitzer for investigative reporting.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Brian Ross":

"… tories. The Center is prepared to show in great detail how little ABC’s Brian Ross and Matt Mosk understood about even the most fundamental concepts and key …"

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 "ABC News":

"… hris Hamby, in conjunction with  the Brian Ross Investigative Unit of ABC News, the series revealed how doctors and lawyers, working on behalf of coal co …"

Separating myth from reality on Obamacare

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: media scare stories, website snafus obscure opportunities to save.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

"… ance companies saying that their policies won’t be available next year. Insurance companies are sending those letters primarily because the policies they wi …"

Remembering a great of investigative journalism

By Bill Buzenberg

How Murrey Marder helped bring down McCarthy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "news media":

"… in power lied, but it also especially gnawed away at him when the national news media would just stenographically report, and thus repeat, those lies.” Lewis …"

Redistricting credited for GOP success in Wisconsin congressional races

By Bill Lueders and Kate Golden

Enigma out of Wisconsin as GOP controls more seats than votes cast in their favor would predict

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… me election observers say these results, which ensure that Republican Gov. Scott Walker will have strong GOP majorities heading into the next legislative session, …"

Daily Disclosure: Obama's abortion stance in Illinois statehouse raised

By Rachael Marcus

An anti-abortion group released an ad from an 'abortion survivor'.

As budget vote looms, California GOP demands transparency

By Caitlin Ginley

State Integrity Investigation 'bolstered' calls for budget transparency.

Excerpts from this story referencing "news media":

"… are smoke-filled rooms and back-room deals, shutting out taxpayers and the news media,” Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) and Assembly Republi …"

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

By Kate Golden, Bill Lueders and Amy Karon


Excerpts from this story referencing "Wis":

"… 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 contributio …"

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

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

"… 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 t …"

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 "Scott Walker":

"… dison or its affiliates. …"

"… groups outside the state.On Jan. 28, 2011, two weeks before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his plan to slash public employee unions’ powers, he dined at t …"

Package from Yemen leads to worker illness, government stonewalling

By J.J. Barrow and Trevor Aaronson

U.S. Postal Service refuses to investigate an employee’s debilitating illness and a suspicious package that spilled chemicals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "UPS":

"… Four months earlier, two bombs from Yemen had been sent through FedEx and UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service had alerted everyone to be on the lookout for …"

"… dden inside printer ink cartridges. One was discovered in Britain aboard a UPS cargo plane and the other was found in a FedEx warehouse in Dubai. USPS br …"

‘Investigating Power’ celebrates 60 years of muckraking

By Christine Montgomery

Center founder, Chuck Lewis, documents journalism's seminal moments with InvestigatingPower.org.

Excerpts from this story referencing "news media":

"… “At this critical juncture in the history of American journalism, as the news media and the nature and extent of original reporting itself undergo a very diff …"

Media execs, companies gave more than $350,000 to conservative super PACs

By Corbin Hiar

'Liberal media' tag doesn't hold up when it comes to super PACs

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles Times":

"… reme Court’s Citizens United ruling and another lower court decision.The Los Angeles Times noted Tuesday that its beleaguered owner Sam Zell contributed $100,000 to …"

Fraud and folly: The untold story of General Electric’s subprime debacle

By Michael Hudson

High-paid employees of fraud-plagued, GE-owned WMC Mortgage included ex-porn star, strippers

Excerpts from this story referencing "Freddie Mac":

"… as investment properties. GE denies the allegations, and insists that Freddie Mac, which invested in the securities, made out well on the deals.On the recor …"

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 "Wis":

"… s death transformed his parents into activists. Their goal: Abolish a 1996 Wisconsin law that requires all 17-year-old offenders be treated as adults.“ …"

"… ” says Vicky Gunderson, Kirk’s mother. “It just doesn’t go away.”Wisconsin is one of 13 states that automatically place 17-year-olds in the adu …"

"… laws to keep more young offenders in the juvenile justice system. But not Wisconsin.In three previous legislative sessions, state Rep. Fred Kessler, D-M …"

"… uvenile justice system.About 250,000 17-year-olds have been arrested since Wisconsin’s 1996 law was put in place, according to an October study&nb …"

FACT CHECK: Final fight for GOP in Iowa

By FactCheck.Org

With the Iowa Caucus just around the corner, Gingrich, Bachmann make factual errors in Sioux City debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… “Meet the Press” host David Gregory asked two questions about Ryan’s Medicare plan. First, Gregory asked whether it was smart to “buck the public oppo …"

"… “buck the public opposition and really move forward to completely change Medicare,” describing Ryan’s plan in some detail (“a voucher program where yo …"

"… to buck the public opposition and really move forward to completely change Medicare, turn it into a voucher program where you give seniors…"Gingrich: "Right …"

"… ety to operate. I think we need a national conversation to get to a better Medicare system with more choices for seniors. But there are specific things you ca …"

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 "Jeri Bonavia":

"… that we went right from prohibition to no precautions whatsoever,” says Jeri Bonavia, executive director of the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, a statewide adv …"

IMPACT: Refinery's use of toxic chemical spurs hearing

By Jim Morris

Politician to ask about safety at a Philadelphia refinery

Excerpts from this story referencing "news media":

"… ,” Donatucci said. “Hundreds of calls to emergency dispatchers and the news media provided no answer. I consider the 2010 incident a warning. What if it had …"

Analysis — Emails favored Walker 2-1

By Kate Golden

Gov. Scott Walker was right: The angry crowds in Madison didn’t tell the whole story of how Wisconsinites felt. ...

Excerpts from this story referencing "news media":

"… and the UW-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication and other news media. All works created, published, posted or disseminated by the Center do not …"

Stimulating hypocrisy: Scores of Recovery Act opponents sought money out of public view

By John Solomon and Aaron Mehta

Scores of Recovery Act opponents sought money out of public view

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act":

"… Republicans and conservative Democrats who voted against the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act subsequently wrote letters requesting funds for projects in a massive, beh …"

"… a stark example of the gulf between political promises and action.When the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law, President Barack Obama boasted it was free of so-call …"

"… ” The project would “create 580 jobs, advance the goal of NTIA and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and greatly benefit the people of San Francisco.”Reid wrote a series of …"

"… ct would “ease Nevada’s unemployment rate and support the goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to stimulate economic growth, create and sustain jobs, and enrich …"

Digging deep: Recommended reading about investigative journalism

By Michael Hudson

With the struggles of many old-line news media, it's easy to forget how important real reporting is to informing citizens and defeating the

Excerpts from this story referencing "reporter":

"… ssassination threats from South Vietnamese intelligence agents. These reporters went to great lengths to beat military censors and other communications o …"

"… r (1982) by James Phelan. Page-turning memoir of one of the great magazine reporters of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Phelan was adept at unmasking manipulato …"

"… xon and Watergate, the two young newspapermen were outsiders, shoe-leather reporters who talked to folks high and low, including secretaries and bookkeepers. …"

"… ew Era (1976) by James Dygert. Fascinating bios of dozens of investigative reporters. Among my favorites: Jack White, a construction worker and tugboat captai …"

Science panel has “low confidence” in Homeland Security’s risk analyses

By Amy Biegelsen

The Department of Homeland Security is using the wrong mathematic approach to assess the risk of terrorist attacks, which means that “only l

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

"… other intelligent attackers is they are not random events,” Cox told the Center for Public Integrity. “They are decisions based on information and goals and calculations abo …"

Despite pledge to curtail corporate earmarks, politicians pursue them

By David Heath

Some members of Congress funnel tax dollars for businesses through universities and nonprofits

Excerpts from this story referencing "driver":

"… fitting the company last year.The company, which sells a system that scans driver's licenses for retail stores and military bases, secured its first earmark …"

Fuzzy math? Rising costs in government's digital health stimulus

By Fred Schulte

Spending could be double the Obama Administration's public estimate of $19B

Excerpts from this story referencing "news media":

"… aid if delivery of health care is made more efficient. Officials told the news media in March the cost would be about $19 billion — and have continued to use …"

Center files FOIA suit against Education Department

By Peter Newbatt Smith

On President Obama’s first full day in office, a White House news release announced that the president was “instruct[ing] all members of his

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Health and Human Services":

"… ave won, and a reminder that we prevailed in a similar lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services two years ago. The department never decided that appeal but continued to c …"

Obama top recipient of AIG's hefty campaign contributions

By Kat Aaron

The American International Group, more commonly known as AIG, has become the poster child for the financial bailout. The company has receive

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… sidential candidates are among the top ten for the 2008 cycle: Chris Dodd, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Joseph Biden, and Rudy Giuliani. Dodd, of cours …"

CIA renditions draw controversy

By The Center for Public Integrity

CIA's flying suspected terrorists to "black site" prisons abroad leaves those innocent outside of judicial oversight, violates torture agree

Excerpts from this story referencing "Torture":

"… re they are likely to be Tortured arguably violates the Convention Against Torture and the Geneva Conventions. A June 2006 report by the Council of Europe co …"

Too close to the edge on torture

By The Center for Public Integrity

In 2008 top officials of the DOJ and White House defended interrogation policies against a torrent of congressional questions about torture

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Defense":

"… y function, or even death.” The OLC later extended similar advice to the Department of Defense. According to reports by news media and human rights organizations, U.S. i …"

U.S. treatment of detainees deplored

By Michael Bilton

Critics denounce 'waterboarding' and other interrogation techniques banned by Geneva Conventions

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… a statement explaining the executive branch's interpretation of the new law — noting that the President would view the new restrictions within the b …"

"… rns and stated that they refused to take part. Others reportedly consulted lawyers or took out insurance to cover legal fees and civil judgments in case …"

"… ents in case they were charged with crimes under international or domestic law.Nonetheless, the U.S. and various governments within the European Union ha …"

"… on have vehemently denied sanctioning torture or breaches of international law.The U.S. government's insistence that the U.S. "does not torture" is based …"