Center for Public Integrity hires Carrie Levine as federal politics reporter

By The Center for Public Integrity

Carrie Levine — former Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington research director — to investigate money in politics.

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

"…   …"

"… g the influence of money in politics. Levine will primarily write for the Center for Public Integrity's “Consider the Source” project, which investigates campaign finance a …"

"… Award finalist for top political blog. For four years before joining the Center for Public Integrity, Levine worked as research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Eth …"

"… University Graduate School of Journalism. The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan and independent news organization specializing …"

Center awarded $2.9 million grant for coverage of state government

Center dramatically expanding its reporting on influence of special interests on state governments.

Saving the penny makes cents for zinc-backed front group

By Erin Quinn

'Broad-based' group created to save the penny from extinction turns out to be backed by a company that supplies metal to make the coins.

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"… is actually a lobbyist and head of strategic communications for Dentons, a law firm representing the interests of zinc producer Jarden Zinc Products, a m …"

"… he Washington, D.C., address for Americans for Common Cents is the Dentons law firm. And the phone number listed for contacting the group is not in servi …"

Center for Public Integrity's executive director stepping down

Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization begins search for a replacement.

Gordon Witkin named Center's top editor

Former U.S. News & World Report editor takes over as executive editor.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… l correspondent in Detroit and as bureau chief in Denver, before coming to Washington in 1987. He covered criminal justice for 11 years, before joining the mana …"

"… gative Reporting Workshop at American University and was a reporter in the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Associated Press. Last year’s “After the Mel …"

"… ations such as U.S. News & World Report and Congressional Quarterly in Washington. All of the appointments were effective immediately. …"

ICIJ, Center win Scripps Howard honors for business, environmental reporting

The national Scripps Howard Awards recognize an ICIJ project exposing secret offshore accounts and a Center examination of Toxic Clout.

Cuomo calls for ethics reform in New York

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Governor uses budget address to call for more transparency.

'Lobbyist' not curse word to all influencers

By Dave Levinthal

Some government influencers wish the Association of Government Relations Professionals had kept its old name.

Nine-month Center investigation shows commitment to work and need for your support

By Bill Buzenberg

Center's 50 state-report cards on high-court judge financial disclosure requirements took time and assistance from readers like you.

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"… n 4,000 pages from all 50 states going back three years. That’s what the Center for Public Integrity has just accomplished. Then we issued a grade for every state, making all …"

"… ow those holdings may influence decisions handed down from the bench. The Center for Public Integrity’s findings have been re-published by more than six dozen other news orga …"

"… the National Journal, and from the Washington Post to CBS. Uncoverage The Center for Public Integrity has signed up for a new crowd-funding effort for investigative journalism, …"

"… ng. As one of the nation’s leading investigative journalism centers, The Center for Public Integrity is pleased to help get Uncoverage off the ground, and grow our own crowd-f …"

Julie Patel joins Center for Public Integrity's federal politics reporting team

By The Center for Public Integrity

Veteran reporter Julie Patel previously worked for San Jose Mercury News, South Florida Sun Sentinel.

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"… gative journalism. …"

"… reporter and consummate storyteller, and we're delighted to welcome her," Center for Public Integrity Executive Director William E. Buzenberg said. "She's a notable addition to …"

"… riCorps volunteer receiving a hug from former President Bill Clinton. The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis and is one of the nation's oldest and …"

'Offshore Leaks' investigation earns ICIJ an honorary doctorate from Belgian university

By Bill Buzenberg

Director Gerard Ryle accepts honorary degree from University of Liège in Belgium this week.

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

"… bsp;German newspaper partner, Süddeutsche Zeitung. Our goal, both at The Center for Public Integrity and ICIJ, which is a 15-year-old project of the Center, is not simply to w …"

Audit: U.S. lacks anti-corruption plan for Afghan aid

By Douglas Birch

Audit says U.S. lacks blueprint to assure Afghan assistance is well-spent

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pakistan":

"… ugglers along the 5,000 miles of border the landlocked country shares with Pakistan, Iran, China and three Central Asian states. Among other initiatives, the …"

"… the State Department’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, wrote that the embassy’s three working groups “provide the targeted a …"

Praise for our state corruption risk index

By Bill Buzenberg

Washington Post, USA Today cite Center's State Integrity Project in editorials calling for ethics and transparency reform in Virginia.

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"… tifying to read newspaper editorials in the last week giving credit to The Center for Public Integrity’s comprehensive state corruption risk index, known as the State Integrit …"

"… heese ethics laws are laughably inadequate,” according to the Post. The Center for Public Integrity gave Virginia an “F” in our report card on the states measuring the ri …"

Navy at sea with lousy books

By Rebecca LaFlure

The admirals spent nearly a billion dollars to improve their accounting, but then failed to apply what they learned

Impact grows for Center's international focus

By Bill Buzenberg

Secrecy for Sale isn't the first project where ICIJ has had global impact. Read about its other investigations.

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"… ernational trade. Founded in 1997, ICIJ was launched as a project of the Center for Public Integrity to extend the Center’s style of watchdog journalism, focusing on is …"

Center gets $1.5M investment into ICIJ

By Bill Buzenberg

Australian Internet entrepreneur makes donation to build capacity for ICIJ.

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

"… philanthropist Graeme Wood from Queensland has pledged $1.5 million to The Center for Public Integrity over the next three years to help build capacity for our Internationa …"

"… focused on environmental conservation. He was also elected a member of the Center for Public Integrity’s Board of Directors at our June 21 meeting in New York.  The …"

"… ICIJ reporters and its new institutional members.  On behalf of The Center for Public Integrity and ICIJ, I can truly say we are tremendously motivated by Mr. Wood’s gi …"

EU continues to seek action after ICIJ 'Secrecy for Sale' investigation

By Bill Buzenberg

Europe continues to seek action after ICIJ tax havens investigation; Center environment team to be honored at White House association dinner

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"… y by The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the Center for Public Integrity’s international project, draws from a cache of 2.5 million secret record …"

"… am at White House Correspondents' Association dinner Three excellent Center for Public Integrity environmental reporters will be in black tie Saturday night for the gala a …"

"… y others are cheated of wages and abused. Under the banner Hard Labor, The Center for Public Integrity publishes stories exploring threats to workers — and the corporate and r …"

"… te and regulatory failings that endanger them. This is the first time The Center for Public Integrity has won a WHCA award, and one of the very first ever digital winners. Here …"

Center, ICIJ win 3 Sigma Delta Chi Awards

For the second straight year, the Center for Public Integrity is recognized with 3 Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

Corruption case further sullies Albany's reputation

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Alleged bribery scheme reinforces low marks from State Integrity Investigation

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"… , a Democrat from Queens, used a series of contacts in an attempt to bribe New York City Republican Party officials to approve his bid for mayor on the GOP ticket. …"

"… onal. According to the complaint, Smith had ambitions to run for mayor of New York City, but wanted to run as a Republican. As a Democratic state senator, he need …"

"… r a series of meetings the developer and the FBI agent agreed to bribe two New York City GOP officials, Joseph Savino and Vincent Tabone, to garner their for suppo …"

"… The case also extends to several other local officials. Daniel Halloran, a New York City councilman, allegedly facilitated the meetings between the undercover agen …"

How much do you value longform watchdog journalism?

By Bill Buzenberg

How important is it to you to continue to find out about abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust?

Excerpts from this story referencing "ExxonMobil":

"… some of the world’s largest oil and pharmaceutical companies, including ExxonMobil, Pfizer and BP, and other special interest groups, such as the Koch Founda …"

News outlets unearth more Donors Trust recipients

By Paul Abowd

Series of recent reports aim to reveal beneficiaries of Donors Trust dollars.

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"… ee State” plan for libertarians to migrate to and take over the state of New Hampshire. In 2009, Donors Trust passed about $600,000 in donations to Shimer Colle …"

Crowd-funding our watchdog reporting

By Bill Buzenberg

Support the Center and other public interest groups by making a donation to Freedom of the Press Foundation.

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"… n support for the Center will go toward our National Security reporting on Pentagon spending. We’ll examine what makes up the biggest defense budget in the …"

"… ition that “this kind of transparency journalism — from publishing the Pentagon Papers and exposing Watergate, to uncovering the NSA’s warrantless wiret …"

Support our crowd-funded project and actor John Cusack will match it

By The Center for Public Integrity

Freedom of the Press Foundation's latest crowd-funding campaign includes The Center, two more new outlets.

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"… explosion of military entitlements, and map how top defense contractors in Washington regularly finance the election of campaigns of the lawmakers who oversee o …"

New feature tracks political influence

By Dave Levinthal

Center for Public Integrity launches 'Primary Source,' regular analysis of money in politics.

Best of 2012: Accountability

By The Center for Public Integrity

The Center for Public Integrity's top accountability stories of 2012

Drug lobby gave $750,000 to pro-Hatch nonprofit in Utah's U.S. Senate race

By Michael Beckel

IRS records show drug lobby helped Utah senator, others.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… from countries such as Canada at bargain prices and bring them back to the United States. It has also pushed model legislation aimed at countering proposals that a …"

Redistricting: GOP and Dems alike have cloaked the process in secrecy

By Nicholas Kusnetz

GOP, Dems alike have cloaked process in secrecy

Public betrayal in the Bay State

By Matt Porter and Maggie Mulvihill

Weak laws have helped fuel widespread corruption in Massachusetts.

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"… d.  “It’s a sad old story in Massachusetts.”  …"

"… years, a study by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting shows.Massachusetts earned a “C” grade earlier this year in a national State Integrity sco …"

"… of the state Ethics Commission. Judicial accountability earned a “C+ in Massachusetts.The anti-corruption weaknesses have been borne out in the litany of public …"

"… n weaknesses have been borne out in the litany of public scandals plaguing Massachusetts in recent years.They include federal convictions of two former House Speak …"

Center environmental investigations honored nationally

By The Center for Public Integrity

Three separate Center environmental investigations have received national reporting prizes in recent weeks.

Our new name has a familiar ring to it

By Bill Buzenberg

Why we changed our website name