'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 "Washington":

"… ng for an organization dedicated to digging deep beneath the smarminess of Washington’s daily-access journalism into the actual records and documents few repo …"

"… gative journalism.” The Center for Public Integrity was incorporated in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 1989, and months later the IRS approved its tax exempt …"

"… d a consulting contract with ABC News to open its first office in downtown Washington, D.C. (My home was required as collateral on the lease.) The issue of per …"

"… ng political influence and its impact on public policy decision- making in Washington, D.C., and state capitals. We like to think that the Center for Public In …"

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 "Gary Fox":

"… out for television. The key problem for ABC was that the family members of Gary Fox did not want to appear on camera, making the legal story a challenge from …"

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 "Jackson Kelly PLLC":

"… er revealed its practice of withholding key evidence. This law firm, Jackson Kelly PLLC, has served the coal industry for almost  two centuries. It has offic …"

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 "Edward R. Murrow":

"… Marder’s important investigative work was followed four months later by Edward R. Murrow’s famous “See It Now” program on McCarthy. (Murrow’s CBS program w …"

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'.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Todd Akin":

"… gitimate rape” made by the state’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Todd Akin.Ohden refers to Obama’s votes in the Illinois State Senate against the I …"

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 "Scott Walker":

"… mpaign donor or corporate executive to get an audience with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. But it doesn’t hurt.Walker received contributions from employees or pol …"

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.

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 "St. Paul":

"… with the Federal Election Commission.The donations included $100,000 from St. Paul-based Hubbard Broadcasting to the American Crossroads super PAC, …"

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 "Amy Brandt":

"… ure helped it survive and grow.One of the forces behind its resurgence was Amy Brandt, who had gone from practicing law to peddling mortgages for WMC, quickly r …"

"… aid less than $200 million for the lender seven years before.GE asked Amy Brandt to stay on. She added CEO to her title. Internal documents obtained by&nbs …"

"… rime loan defaults were starting to rise across the industry in late 2006, Amy Brandt stepped down as WMC’s top executive. She told a trade publication t …"

"… o industry data tracker Inside Mortgage Finance.‘Living it up’And Amy Brandt?She was “living it up,” at least according to Businessweek.  …"

Minor offenders, major consequences

By Julie Strupp

Why Wisconsin’s justice system continues to treat 17-year-olds as adults

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 "Obama":

"… the other hand, Bachmann used an inflated jobs figure when she criticized Obama’s decision to delay approval of a Canadian oil pipeline through the U.S. …"

"… n this point.Bachmann’s Inflated Jobs ClaimBachmann criticized President Obama’s decision to delay the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying the president …"

"… k.org corrected Bachmann’s claim in a Nov. 22 debate that President Obama had “canceled” the oil pipeline from Canada. In fact, the Keyston …"

"… where you suddenly impose upon the — I don’t want to — I’m against Obamacare, which is imposing radical change, and I would be against a conservati …"

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 "Rachel Parsons":

"… the one that was vetoed by Gov. Doyle.”“It’s a great law,” agrees Rachel Parsons, a spokeswoman with the NRA’s national office in Fairfax, Va. “We’re …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… een Milton, Ky., and Madison, Ind.Lamar Alexander, the senior Senator from Tennessee, is another prominent GOP leader who voted against the bill, calling it a …"

"… , “Republicans lost that fight and the money is being spent, and because Tennessee taxpayers are footing part of the bill, they have a right to apply for the …"

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 "National Research Council":

"… s is not the first time DHS has received this kind of warning.In 2008, the National Research Council examined DHS’s risk assessment model for biological threats and flatly d …"

"… d better coordination with emergency managers, news media, and the public (National Research Council)* Virgin Island Port Authority, which spent $211.7 million on contracts in …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… 93 and 2008, AIG contributed $8,526,940, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. In the 2008 election cycle, as the company was nearing the precipice of i …"

"… hn E. (R-NH) — $18,50010. Giuliani, Rudolph W. (R-NY) — $13,200Source: Center for Responsive Politics. …"

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 "Fargo":

"… England — When a conservative talk-show host from radio station WDAY in Fargo, N.D., recorded an interview with Vice President Cheney in late October 20 …"