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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… Cohen, chairman of the Public Relations Society of America and senior vice president for PR firm MWW. Big public relations firms all now offer social media st …"

Center for Public Integrity's executive director stepping down

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Columbia Journalism School":

"… rs award, a Scripps Howard award and the Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award from Columbia Journalism School. “Bill has taken the Center to its greatest heights yet,” said Charle …"

Gordon Witkin named Center's top editor

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Columbia Journalism School":

"… Bar Association, the National Press Club, Sigma Delta Chi, Scripps Howard, Columbia Journalism School and the University of Maryland College of Journalism. Dunbar was formerly …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… Morris and Chris Hamby, was a finalist for the Edward J. Meeman Award for Environmental Reporting. The top Environmental reporting prize went to The Seatt …"

Cuomo calls for ethics reform in New York

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Governor uses budget address to call for more transparency.

Excerpts from this story referencing "campaign finance reforms":

"… ” he said, “is ethics.” …"

'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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "current president":

"… ws, nor do we have one for defending lobbyists." Not so, says Monte Ward, current president of the newly renamed Association of Government Relations Profess …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maryland":

"… A or a B. The two highest-scoring states — California and Maryland — got Cs. Six other states earned a D, while the rest failed. The …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "journalist":

"… titutions, using the tools of investigative journalism. …"

"… "She's a notable addition to the Center's already prominent group of journalists uncovering political corruption and influence peddling in the nation …"

'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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia Gov":

"… thics laws in the state of Virginia. As the Post and others have reported, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his family accepted more than $150,000 in gifts, …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… ce's total assets in 2012 -- gravely undermining its usefulness. The Pentagon’s auditors first disclosed the Navy’s lapse in a report on July 18, wh …"

"… e Department as a whole – to meet the legal deadline. The report by the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General is a reprise of its earlier warnings that …"

"… t’s buying, and how much it's worth makes it hard for the Pentagon to operate efficiently, to buy only what it truly needs, and to be certain …"

"… 1 that military financial systems are in worse shape than expected and the Pentagon’s efforts to improve have been plagued by overruns and delays. CPI repor …"

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.

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

"… 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 "Journalism":

"… igative reporters in 60 countries. The year-long ICIJ Global Investigative Journalism Fellowship program, launched thanks to Wood’s gift, will provide investi …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "real estate developer":

"… get on the ticket. The solution presented itself in the form of a New York real estate developer, who was cooperating with an undercover FBI agent in exchange for leniency …"

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?

News outlets unearth more Donors Trust recipients

By Paul Abowd

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "ExxonMobil":

"… och brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity after industry giants such as ExxonMobil curtailed funding to Heartland following public protest. Islamic radicali …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… 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.

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 "Club for Growth":

"… a similar fate. Bennett’s re-election was opposed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth as well as FreedomWorks, which is headed by former Republican House Majori …"

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

By Nicholas Kusnetz

GOP, Dems alike have cloaked process in secrecy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… own the highway between two semis,” she said, “and those semis are the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.”Ultimately, federal courts rejected some of th …"

Public betrayal in the Bay State

By Matt Porter and Maggie Mulvihill

Weak laws have helped fuel widespread corruption in Massachusetts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "legislator":

"… officials and the federal bribery sentence imposed on a once-rising female legislator.  At least 250 public servants in Massachusetts have been charged wit …"

"… le knowledge of it was ridiculous,” Cunningham said.  Rank and file legislators said they often don’t have time to read the bills that move quickly thr …"

"… e quickly through closed door meetings. Special “joint caucuses” allow legislators to negotiate in private, allowing lawmakers to move controversial bills t …"

"… on, a public policy center based at Harvard University. “It’s hard for legislators to even get a hand on legislation.”  Gaps in financial disclosure …"

Center environmental investigations honored nationally

By The Center for Public Integrity

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

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

"… d the work of Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and Kimberly Leonard.   …"

Our new name has a familiar ring to it

By Bill Buzenberg

Why we changed our website name

Watchdog 6/20/12


Excerpts from this story referencing "The Washington Post":

"… n by our two organizations is, I hope, the harbinger of many more to come. The Washington Post will also be publishing print versions of our investigation.FRONTLINE prod …"

State Integrity Investigation provides 'roadmap' for ethics reform

By Caitlin Ginley

Florida group cites State Integrity Investigation in pushing for change.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… that corruption is a problem we can’t stand for any longer,” he said. …"

"… t of 50 states in the investigation, with an overall grade of C-.Integrity Florida, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes integrity and exposes …"

"… r the Sunshine State. The group’s new report, “Corruption Risk Report: Florida Ethics Laws,” identifies key policy changes —  such as increasing …"

"… hotline — that could help the state move towards an A grade.“Integrity Florida is using State Integrity Investigation results as a roadmap to focus our s …"