'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 "media":

"… systematic investigations and announcing our findings to the national news media could actually lead to media coverage and to systemic change. We were sta …"

"… announcing our findings to the national news media could actually lead to media coverage and to systemic change. We were starting to be noticed. At the s …"

"… re in for-profit newsrooms, because today’s advertising-supported, major-media journalists are generally expected to run full-speed on “the hamster whe …"

"… indings. The Center no longer has to depend solely on coverage by the news media to inform the public about its findings; now the organization is reporting …"

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.

How watchdog journalism makes a difference

By Bill Buzenberg

Impact from 'Breathless and Burdened' a textbook example of the power of relentless reporting.

Separating myth from reality on Obamacare

By Wendell Potter

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

Remembering a great of investigative journalism

By Bill Buzenberg

How Murrey Marder helped bring down McCarthy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Murrey Marder":

"… past week, although you may never have known much about him. His name was Murrey Marder. He was 93. Marder was “one of the most significant journalists of our …"

"… of Sen. McCarthy for which he will be best remembered. It all started with Murrey Marder’s work. He stood up to lies with courage, facts and the truth. …"

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 "Wisconsin":

"… fickle” and “schizophrenic” are being bandied about to describe the Wisconsin electorate.How else can anyone explain a group of voters who simultaneousl …"

"… g majority in both houses of the state Legislature?But the vote tallies in Wisconsin’s congressional and state legislative races were not nearly as lopsided …"

"… rly as lopsided as the parties’ resulting share of seats, according to a Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism analysis. The breakdown between Republ …"

"… the power of redistricting,” said Mike McCabe, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan clean-government advocacy group.For inst …"

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.

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

By Kate Golden, Bill Lueders and Amy Karon

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Excerpts from this story referencing "Caterpillar Inc.":

"… private meetings — sometimes labeled “no media,” as with 3M and Caterpillar Inc.The list includes many big businesses, such as Harley-Davidson, IBM, Northw …"

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 …"

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.

‘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 "Charles Lewis":

"… independent reporting in our nation and in the world,” said site creator Charles Lewis.Lewis has long championed upholding truth to power. He was an investigativ …"

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

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 "Weyerhaeuser Mortgage":

"… E came courting.Founded in 1955, it had been known for much of its life as Weyerhaeuser Mortgage, a subsidiary of the pulp and paper giant Weyerhaeuser Co. By the lat …"

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 "state law":

"… good place to draw that line.State Rep. Robin Vos, R-Burlington, says the state law that treats 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system deters c …"

"… ile institutions.Racine County District Attorney Mike Nieskes supports the state law that treats 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. Courtes …"

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 "Michele Bachmann":

"… ntial candidates debated Dec. 15 at the Sioux City Convention Center: Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Hun …"

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'

IMPACT: Refinery's use of toxic chemical spurs hearing

By Jim Morris

Politician to ask about safety at a Philadelphia refinery

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 "Wisconsin":

"… as right: The angry crowds in Madison didn’t tell the whole story of how Wisconsinites felt.In the week after Walker announced his plan to dramatically curta …"

"… t was significantly boosted by emails from pro-Walker senders from outside Wisconsin.The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism analyzed a computer-gene …"

"… antly boosted by emails from pro-Walker senders from outside Wisconsin.The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism analyzed a computer-generated random s …"

"… lawsuit brought in Dane County Circuit Court by Isthmus newspaper and the Wisconsin Associated Press. A settlement reached earlier in the week required the go …"

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

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 "Department of Homeland Security":

"… ds but it is unable to “manage and account for federal funds” (OIG) …"

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 "David Obey":

"… . More informationThis March, House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey pledged to stop colleagues from steering millions of dollars in no-bid con …"

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

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

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

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

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

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":

"… Lawyers seeking to adjust U.S. policy to a post-9/11 security environment.Lawyers in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel and the Pentagon r …"

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