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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… efforts has also slipped each year since 2010, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The drop, some have theorized, may be due to more lobbyists terminating …"

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 "cancer":

"… g, the Florida billing experts, said doctors often document a diagnosis of cancer after it has been treated or is no longer active. Doing so improperly infl …"

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 "Medicare":

"… iday. The biggest gainer has been Humana, one of the largest operators of Medicare Advantage plans, whose share price has increased more than 53 percent over …"

Health insurers have their way with regulators

By Fred Schulte

Billions in Medicare Advantage overpayments likely gone for good.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government":

"… are accurate. James Cosgrove, who directs the health care division of the Government Accountability Office, the watchdog arm of Congress, said that federal hea …"

New audits may recover missing millions — or not

By Fred Schulte

Secretive audits target some Medicare Advantage plans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… ieves. …"

"… s of millions of dollars for past overcharges and other billing mistakes. Medicare pays the health plans a set amount monthly for each person based on estima …"

"… o top $150 billion this year. The government audits are targeting chronic Medicare Advantage billing errors that federal officials blame for billions of doll …"

"… ts have yet been completed, or what the results might be. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency that runs Medicare, has quietly co …"

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 "John Boehner":

"… from commercial banks than any other House members, including Speaker John Boehner. After talking to the bankers and lobbyists, Capito and Hensarling fired …"

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 "Boston":

"… t-selling book and hit film, A Civil Action. Twenty children in this Boston suburb of 37,000 were diagnosed with leukemia between 1964 and 1983 — tw …"

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 "co-founder":

"… ” The company is trying to “rewrite history,” said Linda Reinstein, co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, a victims’ advocacy …"

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 "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… subcommittee on the House Financial Services Committee, which oversees the Securities and Exchange Commission. His spokeswoman, Maggie Seidel, did not respond to emails and a phone cal …"

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 "Houston":

"… named him receiver on Feb. 17, 2009. Janvey’s attorney, Kevin Sadler of Houston law firm Baker Botts, said the high costs are an unfortunate downside of u …"

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 "Amy Brandt":

"… mers who might not be able to qualify for bank loans. Also on the list is Amy Brandt, who at age 31 became CEO of WMC Mortgage Corp., then owned by Genera …"

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 "American International Group":

"… onday, Sept. 15, and ended with the $80 billion bailout of insurance giant American International Group and the sales of Merrill Lynch to Bank of America, Wachovia to Wells Fargo …"

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 "DOJ":

"… t the health of the funds. Both were acquitted in 2009, and since then the DOJ has declined to criminally charge any top-level Wall Street executives. Th …"

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 "India":

"… for the Forest Products Association of Canada in in 2009. The Republic of India hired Robert Blackwill — a Bush Administration ambassador to India — t …"

"… ic of India hired Robert Blackwill — a Bush Administration ambassador to India — to lobby Congress and federal agencies on the U.S.-India civil nuclear …"

"… ambassador to India — to lobby Congress and federal agencies on the U.S.-India civil nuclear agreements, records show. Wilkins says he has not breached …"

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 "TD Ameritrade":

"… n, which favors eliminating the capital gains tax.Other top donors include TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who now runs an inves …"

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Robert Mercer":

"… llion*Favorite candidate: Mitt RomneyTop donors: Ken Griffin, Paul Singer, Robert Mercer, John Paulson, Joe RickettsDonors’ interests: Most favor limited regulat …"

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 "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… ich owns or leases more than 60 hospitals in 15 states, disclosed in a May Securities and Exchange Commission filing that the HHS inspector general’s office was investigating it’s …"

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 "Asia":

"… id it certainly didn’t help. Others blamed the union or competition from Asia. In a 1999 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, t …"

"… stated, “Distressed economic conditions in other countries, particularly Asia, have resulted in record levels of imported steel products into the domest …"

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 "Associated Press":

"… han doubled its initial investment, according to a financial prospectus.___Associated Press writer Jack Gillum contributed to this report.  …"

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 "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… Countrywide used the VIP loan program to cast a wide net of influence."The Securities and Exchange Commission in October 2010 slapped Mozilo with a $22.5 million penalty to settle char …"

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 "George Washington University":

"… rivate sector,” former DOE assistant secretary David Michaels, then with George Washington University, wrote in his 2008 book about corporate influence on science, Doubt is The …"

Donor profile: Sheldon Adelson

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… ated $21.5 billion. His casino empire extends across the United States and Asia, and the company’s annual report shows more than $9.4 billion in revenue …"

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 "Federal Communications Commission":

"… partment, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Election Commission, Feder …"

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 "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… ee executives in part due to progress made on the $43 million energy loan, Securities and Exchange Commission records show. Last October, Beacon Power filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.E …"

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 "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… onth search by an outside firm. Storch went from Goldman Sachs to the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he heads up the Division of Enforcement. Obama did appoint&nbs …"

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 "Democratic Party":

"… est applause line Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) got at a gathering of Democratic Party activists last week came when she endorsed a ballot initiative to give the …"

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