'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 "Scott Walker":

"… obviously coordinated efforts prompted a criminal probe of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall election campaign, for example. Yet in Florida, such coord …"

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 "law":

"… gton by two Russian billionaire oligarchs represented by the powerful D.C. law firm of Akin Gump Strauss, Hauer, Feld, LLP. Published within days of the …"

"… butions totaled $4 million, and, in addition, five of the most prestigious law firms in America pledged, on a case-by-case basis, to defend the Center fo …"

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 "online stories":

"… aved ABC from making embarrassing factual errors in broadcast segments and online stories. The Center is prepared to show in great detail how little ABC’s Brian …"

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 "law":

"… byzantine federal benefits system that often favors coal companies and the lawyers and doctors they enlist. I believe the key reason Solicitor of Labor …"

"… n Ross Investigative Unit of ABC News, the series revealed how doctors and lawyers, working on behalf of coal companies, have helped defeat hundreds of c …"

"… ing shortly after our stories were published. In a similar way, the go-to law firm for many of the coal industry’s giants when they want to beat back …"

"… after the Center revealed its practice of withholding key evidence. This law firm, Jackson Kelly PLLC, has served the coal industry for almost &nb …"

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 "Washington":

"… moments of truth recounted by Lewis concerns Marder, as a reporter for the Washington Post in the early 1950s. He may have done more than anyone else to bring d …"

"… hat can be independently ascertained from information available here or in Washington indicates that there is any known evidence to support such a conclusion&nb …"

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

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


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 …"

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 "executive":

"… t disclosed.To analyze how Walker has used his time as the state’s chief executive, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism reporters created a databas …"

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

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.

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 "Minnesota":

"… cle, according to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of FEC filings.Minnesota media reporter David Brauer notes that Hubbard, in the 2010 Minnesota …"

"… Minnesota media reporter David Brauer notes that Hubbard, in the 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial race, donated $100,000 to Minnesota Forward, a group backing …"

"… bsp;Hubbard, in the 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial race, donated $100,000 to Minnesota Forward, a group backing Republican nominee Tom Emmer. HBI subsequently do …"

"… backing Republican nominee Tom Emmer. HBI subsequently donated $25,000 to Minnesota's Future, a group attacking Emmer's opponent, Mark Dayton, and $10,000 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

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… of Justice Assistance.In the 2005 Roper v. Simmons decision, the U.S. Supreme Court acknowledged the new science showing a fundamental difference between juve …"

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 "Oklahoma":

"… he Gulf Coast would have created over 4,000 construction jobs next year in Oklahoma and Texas, pipe fitters, welders, mechanics, electricians, heavy equipment …"

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 "Milwaukee":

"… arrow list of exemptions would not include, for instance, a gang member in Milwaukee with multiple felony charges that were all pleaded down to misdemeanors.Co …"

"… weapons on the premises, period,” says Keith Kopplin, a lawyer with the Milwaukee law firm of Krukowski & Costello, which advises employers. Yet now any …"

"… cle absent any specific or imminent threat, but tosses the conviction of a Milwaukee shop owner in a high-crime Milwaukee neighborhood who kept a loaded gun hi …"

"… hreat, but tosses the conviction of a Milwaukee shop owner in a high-crime Milwaukee neighborhood who kept a loaded gun hidden behind a counter. Late 2003 …"

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. ...

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 "Harry Reid":

"… ds, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.Rep. Brad Ellsworth, the Indiana Democrat now running for U.S. Senate, ori …"

"… nt at least eight letters on a variety of projects. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is facing a tough re-election fight in Nevada this year, wrote at lea …"

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 "Mexico":

"… e Secure Border Initiative, a $7.6 billion electronic fence along the U.S.-Mexico border (OIG)MISC.* U.S. tsunami forecasting centers in Hawaii and Alaska n …"

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

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 "Health":

"… public estimate and the entry in the budget of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mostly arises from the government’s calculation that …"

"… be about $19 billion — and have continued to use that number even after Health and Human Services prepared budget documents in May that adjusted spending …"

"… ’s estimate is a sound way to explain the price of the plan, he said. “Health information technology can help reduce unnecessary Health care spending an …"

"… n to wire up more than half a million doctors and about 5,000 hospitals. A Health and Human Services press release announcing the appointment of David Blume …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Scheuer":

"… s aim was to get dangerous terrorists “off the streets,” according to Michael Scheuer, who initiated the program during the Clinton administration. “The Rendi …"

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 "Torture":

"… Pentagon redefined what constituted Torture. Under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Torture is …"