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 "Washington":

"… e worked as research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, where she managed a five-person staff that exposed the activities of poli …"

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

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington, D.C.":

"… t in service. …"

"… Common Cents is not a registered nonprofit, nor is it a business entity in Washington, D.C. In fact, it really only exists on paper and in cyberspace. ACC has the cla …"

"… The Coalition’s address is 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 500, in Washington, D.C. — the same address as America's Health Insurance Plans, a well-funded, i …"

"… owever, which fails to note the zinc industry connection. In addition, the Washington, D.C., address for Americans for Common Cents is the Dentons law firm. And the p …"

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.

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.

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 "campaign finance laws":

"… al association ... for championing changes to lobbying disclosure and campaign finance laws, nor do we have one for defending lobbyists." Not so, says Monte Ward, cu …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Clinton":

"… ont page: as an AmeriCorps volunteer receiving a hug from former President Bill Clinton. The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis 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 "Europe":

"… ing some gratifying recognition for our major tax haven investigation from Europe, where the project has been one of the year’s biggest stories. Just this …"

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

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 "Army":

"… by 2017, despite decades of attempts. And in March 2012, CPI outlined the Army and Navy’s problems with developing workable accounting software. Navy …"

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 "British Virgin Islands":

"… ecret companies, trusts, and funds created in offshore locales such as the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, and Singapore. ICIJ is made up of 160 inve …"

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 "Europe":

"… reaction from around the globe and appears to be having a major impact in Europe. The investigative series on offshore secrecy by The International Consort …"

"… s of the records and the reporting. Among the latest developments: The European Commissioner on Taxation Algirdas Šemeta and Irish Finance Minister Mic …"

"… us" on tax fraud, and says it will ask ICIJ to supply names and details of European citizens from its data. Finance ministers and central bankers at the G2 …"

"… as the global standard for overcoming international tax evasion. Skeptical European leaders reportedly "became more enthusiastic" after the public outcry ov …"

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 "state senator":

"… articularly weak grades for the financing of political parties. …"

"… mayor of New York City, but wanted to run as a Republican. As a Democratic state senator, he needed support from the party to get on the ticket. The solution prese …"

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 "Pfizer":

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

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.

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 "Henry Waxman":

"… Finance Committee. As far back as 1984, he authored legislation with Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., that helped allow generic drugs to flourish but also gave brand …"

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 "lawyer":

"… the process. In several states, legislatures outsourced the actual work to lawyers and used claims of attorney-client privilege to further exclude the publi …"

"… s democracy on its head,” said Gerry Hebert, a former Justice Department lawyer who is now executive director of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan …"

"… actly how Republicans tried to defy the demographic trend. In one email, a lawyer hired by the state’s GOP congressional delegation described how state le …"

"… oup that filed lawsuits in Texas and other states.“Being a voting rights lawyer in Texas redistricting is like driving a very small car down the highway b …"

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 "spokesman":

"… n advance if somebody has a conflict of interest,” said David Giannotti, spokesman for the State Ethics Commission.  “It’s incumbent upon the legisl …"

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

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