Lobbying disclosures leave public in the dark

By Marcelo Rochabrun and Dave Levinthal

Despite efforts to beef up laws regulating lobbyists, public is in the dark when it comes to what firms are up to in Washington.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… efforts than what’s contained in quarterly reports submitted to the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. Reforms fall short Lobbyists seldom get into trouble for …"

"… form of referrals from Congress’ clerk of the House or secretary of the Senate. Lobbyists who violate federal disclosure provisions could face a $200,00 …"

"… lo., aims to compel more people to register as lobbyists and ban Senate candidates from soliciting registered lobbyists for campaign contributions …"

Credit rating industry dodges reforms, despite role in financial meltdown

By Alison Fitzgerald

Despite playing a central role in the economic collapse, firms that gave inflated ratings to toxic bonds remain untouched by reforms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… d for by the companies issuing the securities. Four years after President Barack Obama signed Dodd-Frank into law, many of the reforms to the credit rating indus …"

"… fe investment. Ratings are ‘opinions’ Just one day after President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank act into law on July 21, 2010, the credit ratings se …"

Home is where the money is for Medicare Advantage plans

By Fred Schulte

Medicare Advantage home visits may not improve health, but boost risk scores and cost taxpayers billions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… in additional significant funding declines,” according to a Feb. 24 Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The company heralded home visits as a “critical program.” Spo …"

Skyrocketing salaries for health insurance CEOs

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: soaring compensation, rising stock prices don't justify higher premiums.

Excerpts from this story referencing "UnitedHealth Group":

"… na, Centene, Cigna, Health Net, Humana, Molina, Triple-S Management Corp., UnitedHealth Group, Universal American, Wellcare, and WellPoint) nine saw their stocks close …"

Health insurers have their way with regulators

By Fred Schulte

Billions in Medicare Advantage overpayments likely gone for good.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… estors they could be ordered to cough up significant refunds, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Humana reported to the SEC in November that “certain” of its …"

New audits may recover missing millions — or not

By Fred Schulte

Secretive audits target some Medicare Advantage plans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… picked, according to a company newsletter. Health Net, Inc. disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that its plan in Arizona was selected. None of the health plans wou …"

Feds investigating allegations that Humana Inc. overcharged Medicare Advantage program

By Fred Schulte

Whistleblower suit at center of Medicare Advantage overbilling allegations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… Wednesday. Humana acknowledged the unsealing of the Miami case in a May 7 Securities and Exchange Commission filing, saying it “was continuing to cooperate with and respond to infor …"

Meet the Banking Caucus, Wall Street's secret weapon in Washington

By Daniel Wagner and Alison Fitzgerald

Industry campaign cash flows to pro-bank activists in Congress, yielding big returns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Garrett":

"… banks everything they asked for, or whether to give them even more. Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., asked to postpone a final vote so he could contact “stakeholder …"

Lauded public health researcher also worked for industry, revealing entanglements of science

By David Heath

A late UC Berkeley dean pushed public health reforms — while also working for industry, revealing the deep reach of corporate science.

Excerpts from this story referencing "CEO":

"… ns of the Superfund commission, and apparently that did not alarm him as a CEO of a specialty chemical company. … After quite a prolonged due diligence …"

Facing lawsuits over deadly asbestos, paper giant launched secretive research program

By Jim Morris

Facing 60,000 asbestos claims over a product it once sold, Georgia-Pacific responded with a legal pushback — and secretive science.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Medical Association":

"… oducts liability lawsuits,” researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1995, and took steps to “avoid the discovery of documents that m …"

Wall Street favorite Rep. Garrett flirts with default

By Alison Fitzgerald

Will investment firms that deal in U.S. Treasury securities regret their support of GOP congressmen who are flirting with default?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Randy Neugebauer":

"… major interest payment due on Treasuries after that date is Nov. 1. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, who also sits on the Financial Services Committee and opposes ra …"

Majority of funds recovered in Stanford Ponzi scheme spent by receiver

By Lauren Kyger and Alison Fitzgerald

Lawyer recovering funds for victims in Stanford Ponzi scheme spends $124 million to recover $235 million.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… y has been enmeshed in controversy regarding the Stanford liquidation. The Securities and Exchange Commission, which nominated Janvey and rarely has public disputes with receivers, won …"

Ex-SEC chief now helps companies navigate post-meltdown reforms

By Lauren Kyger, Alison Fitzgerald and John Dunbar

Former regulators profit from their experience with jobs, book deals and speaking fees.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheila Bair":

"… d. Other former top regulators — like Hank Paulson, Timothy Geithner and Sheila Bair — have written books based on their experience and joined the lecture ci …"

"… the government invested $182.3 billion in AIG, according to the Treasury. Sheila Bair, who was chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. during the cris …"

"… spokeswoman declined to comment on specific speaking engagements or fees. Sheila Bair Bair, former chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. which pays …"

"… billion in assets, $188 billion in deposits and 43,000 employees, failed. Sheila Bair, then Chairwoman of the FDIC and Janet Yellen, then president of the Feder …"

Subprime lending execs back in business five years after crash

By Daniel Wagner

Executives from all of the top 25 subprime lending firms are working in the mortgage business five years later.

Excerpts from this story referencing "finance":

"… into the system" Cecala says, as lenders permit smaller down payments and finance more investment properties. Riding out the storm After First Franklin clo …"

"… Mortgage and chaired by a former CEO of the government-sponsored mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae. Prospect’s mortgage offerings include interest-only lo …"

"… ket turned. Lehman Brothers, for example, bought BNC Mortgage in 2004 and financed subprime loans offered by other companies. Jim Harrington was a senior vi …"

"… e says, and left the industry during the 2008 crisis. He currently teaches finance at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. “ …"

Ex-Wall Street chieftains living large in post-meltdown world

By Alison Fitzgerald

CEOs of banks that fueled the subprime crisis that led to the economic meltdown largely avoid consequences.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Secretary":

"… ger. The company merged in 2009 with the Albright Group, founded by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to form Albright Stonebridge Group. Prince de …"

"… uomo.  He said he kept the losses hidden under pressure from Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson who worried that, if the deal fell through, it would hurt th …"

Bear Stearns mortgage executives have plum jobs on Wall Street

By Lauren Kyger and Alison Fitzgerald

Executives from the mortgage finance division that helped sink Bear Stearns have similar jobs at major Wall Street banks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "finance":

"… ide to take risks in these institutions,” said Anat Admati, professor of finance and economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business and co-author of The …"

"… w York. Four years, $29 million Thomas Marano, who led Bear’s mortgage finance division, is perhaps the most telling example. In the past four years he …"

"… only Bear Stearns mortgage executive to land in a similar role in mortgage finance. Jeffrey Verschleiser, who reported directly to Marano as head of asset-b …"

"… lverstein, once a senior managing director at Bear and co-head of mortgage finance,  stayed at JPMorgan for a time after the acquisition and later moved …"

Canada buoyed by former U.S. ambassador

By Reity O'Brien

Former U.S. ambassador in Ottawa now representing Canadian governments, interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Robert Blackwill":

"… st Products Association of Canada in in 2009. The Republic of India hired Robert Blackwill — a Bush Administration ambassador to India — to lobby Congress and fe …"

Report: Hundreds of former SEC employees representing clients before agency

By Dave Levinthal

Report: Hundreds of former agency employees representing private clients before body.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… ow employed by. POGO released a related study in 2011. …"

Investment managers top list of super PAC donors

By Rachael Marcus and Andrea Fuller

Hedge fund managers, other investors top donors by industry to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Israel Public Affairs Committee":

"… ish people.”He was also once one of the biggest backers of AIPAC — the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. But Adelson broke off relations with the group in 2007 when it supported …"

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Freddie Mac":

"… ts to preserve the mortgage interest deduction, restructure Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and raise the cap for credit union lending and Fannie- and Freddie-backed …"

Growth of electronic medical records eases path to inflated bills

By Fred Schulte

Billing software helps medical professionals document higher fees.

Excerpts from this story referencing "health insurers":

"… , the 23-member group, which included representatives from medical groups, health insurers and government, warned against approving software that assisted doctors in …"

FACT CHECK: Is Romney to blame for cancer death?

By FactCheck.Org

Factcheck.org takes on a controversial new ad from the a pro-Obama super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… ed the union or competition from Asia. In a 1999 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company stated, “Distressed economic conditions in other countries, …"

AdWatch: Romney ad accuses Obama campaign of lies

By The Associated Press

AdWatch: Romney ad accuses Obama campaign of dishonest attacks on outsourcing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… onship with those sources" in the late 1980s and early 1990s, according to Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed in March 1993, when Romney was at the company's helm.For B …"

Report: Countrywide won influence with discounts

By The Associated Press

Subprime lender Countrywide bought influence of Washington elite with mortgage discounts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank of America":

"… volume of Countrywide's subprime mortgages. Countrywide was taken over by Bank of America in January 2008, relieving the financial services industry and regulators …"

"… er chairman of the Oversight Committee. Towns issued the first subpoena to Bank of America for Countrywide documents, and current Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., su …"

"… re documents. The committee said that in responding to the Towns subpoena, Bank of America left out documents related to Towns' loan.—Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif. …"

OSHA rules on workplace toxics stalled

By Jim Morris

Rules that would reduce worker exposures to two well-known lung hazards, beryllium and silica, are stuck in the regulatory pipeline.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… longer: 15 years.The sluggishness is symptomatic of a bigger problem: the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s inability to act with urgency on well-known workplace hazards.Berylliu …"

Donor profile: Sheldon Adelson

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… es in 2011. The Las Vegas Sands Corp. has been under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice for more than a year on possible charges of …"

Government can't keep up with information requests

By The Associated Press

Obama administration responded to more requests than ever in 2011, but still lags behind

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of Science and Technology Policy":

"… t, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Office of Personnel Management, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Securities and Exchange …"

Energy-backed firms award bonuses, file bankruptcy

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

The DOE financed green energy companies that later fell into bankruptcy — but not before the firms awarded big executive bonuses

Excerpts from this story referencing "battery maker":

"… t recipients — from electric car maker Fisker Automotive to electric-car battery maker A123 Systems to Colorado-based Abound Solar — have laid off workers or s …"

FACT CHECK: Obama White House ‘full of Wall Street executives’?

By FactCheck.Org

Conservative super PAC runs ad on 'Obama's Wall Street Inner Circle'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Investment banking":

"… "Well, a long time ago. A long time."Geithner: "Actually never."Silvers: "Investment banking I meant."Geithner: "Never Investment banking. Spent my entire life in publ …"

ANALYSIS: Taking the initiative in a struggle against excessive rate increases

By Wendell Potter

Insurance commissioner would gain new power if California effort succeeds

Excerpts from this story referencing "Diane Feinstein":

"… or the ballot initiative this fall.  …"