Peter Bale named new head of the Center for Public Integrity

By William Gray

Peter Bale, former Vice President and General Manager of Digital operations at CNN International, named Center's CEO.

Meet Center reporters at our Nov. 13 event in D.C.

By William Gray

Center for Public Integrity is holding its 2nd Silver Symposium at the National Press Club, and you're invited.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Buzenberg":

"… r and reflect on the leadership and impact of outgoing Executive Director, Bill Buzenberg. His contributions to journalism over 40 years are immeasurable and during …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… aign finance and political influence issues in the post-Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission era of politics. She will also contribute to "Primary Source," a 2014 Webb …"

Center awarded $2.9 million grant for coverage of state government

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Buzenberg":

"… nvestigative reporting at the state level,” said Center Executive Editor Bill Buzenberg, who noted it is especially important given the “sharp decrease in state …"

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 "Ethics":

"… d Melanie Sloan, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit watchdog group. Sloan also believes the number …"

"… e deception easier, said George Johnson, chairman of the PRSA’s Board of Ethics and Professional Standards. “As a new form of communication, a new set …"

"… new opportunities and new problems,” Johnson said. The PRSA’s Code of Ethics includes an entire section dedicated to disclosure of information. The cod …"

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 "Journalism":

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

"… ward, Columbia Journalism School and the University of Maryland College of Journalism. Dunbar was formerly with the Investigative Reporting Workshop at America …"

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 "Jim Morris":

"… d of chemical science. The project, written by David Heath, Ronnie Greene, Jim Morris and Chris Hamby, was a finalist for the Edward J. Meeman Award for Environ …"

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 "New York":

"… of, with one exception. “The one omission,” he said, “is ethics.” …"

"… of this state is, ‘I get it. I get that that’s wrong,’” he said. New York officials — legislators in particular — have been the focus in a rash …"

"… ter for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International. New York received Fs in four of fourteen categories, including ethics enforcement a …"

"… , said Susan Lerner, executive director of the advocacy group Common Cause New York. “This is big news,” she said. Lerner had high praise for Cuomo’s c …"

'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.

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.

'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 "Washington":

"… high-quality in-depth journalism that helps fix broken systems, whether in Washington or around the world, using the tools of investigative journalism. The Off …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… nated the Afghan public. John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, released a report Wednesday warning that absent aggressive …"

"… U.N. report said it is “almost impossible to obtain a public service in Afghanistan without greasing a palm: bribing authorities is part of everyday life.” …"

"… authorities is part of everyday life.” Transparency International ranked Afghanistan with North Korea and Somalia in the cellar of its latest annual corruption …"

"… . report released in December found that the total value of bribes paid in Afghanistan shot up between 2009 and 2012, from $2.5 billion to $3.9 billion — repre …"

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.

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.

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ronnie Greene":

"… bsp;dinner of the White House Correspondents Association. Jim Morris, Ronnie Greene and Chris Hamby will be picking up one of the Association’s three distin …"

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

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.

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 "Bill Buzenberg":

"… reporting.” I couldn’t have said it better.  Until next week, Bill Buzenberg Executive Director …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghanistan":

"… orld, including billions of dollars wasted as U.S. forces prepare to leave Afghanistan. We’ll detail what’s gone wrong in some of the Defense Department's mo …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ,000 in 2011 from two donors, according to an IRS document obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics. Earlier this year, Liljenquist complained to The Salt Lak …"

"… Congress in the 2011-2012 election cycle, some $448,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The 78-year-old lawmaker sits on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and …"

"… SC operative and Ensign aide. Sheila Krumholz, the executive director the Center for Responsive Politics, said PhRMA’s $750,000 contribution to Freedom Path allowed the drug lob …"

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 "Texas":

"… d is currently arguing challenges to new maps in several states, including Texas. “Instead of voters choosing their representatives, which is how I under …"

"… igan, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Texas, West Virginia, Alaska, New York, Oklahoma, Maine and Utah. Grades of D or …"

"… ss what people say.”One particularly blatant example occurred in 2003 in Texas, when Republicans, who were redrawing the state’s district lines after t …"

"… res operate for political gain, few can top the baldly partisan warfare in Texas. It was there, in 2003, that Democratic legislators fled the state in a fa …"

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 "Judge":

"… ng an eight-year prison sentence.In sentencing DiMasi, U.S. District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf noted the lengths to which DiMasi and his co-defendant McDono …"

"… bsp;In sentencing Wilkerson for the 2008 bribery case, U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock expressed dismay at the boldness of Massachusetts lead …"