Is this super PAC subverting disclosure rules?

By Michael Beckel

Georgia's GOP Senate primary has attracted big money from a super PAC funded by two nonprofit groups tied to an Ohio lobbyist.

ICIJ guide to voter restrictions around the world

By Sasha Chavkin and Hamish Boland-Rudder

In light of the recent voter ID ruling in Wisconsin, ICIJ set out to learn more about voting restrictions outside of the U.S.

Chemical industry among big spenders on lobbying this quarter

By Dave Levinthal

New numbers indicate it's still good to be a lobbyist in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… expenditure increase. All the same, Facebook reported lobbying Congress, the White House and numerous federal agencies on a variety of topics, fro …"

United Nations report: 'Children on the Run' from violent homelands

By Susan Ferriss

Numbers of Central American and Mexico minors who say they're fleeing violence are surging.

Nonprofits spend money on campaigns despite benefactors' warnings

By Julie Patel

Despite warning, four nonprofits spent money on 2012 elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Surgeon General":

"… television advertisements for Flake and against his opponent, former U.S. Surgeon General Carmona, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and American Comm …"

Not 'essential': Shutdown would hit FEC hard

By Dave Levinthal

All employees of election agency would be furloughed — save for commissioners themselves.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ann Ravel":

"… last week approved the nominations of Republican Lee Goodman and Democrat Ann Ravel. Both appointees won't be around for any shutdown's start, however, as say …"

Conference addresses alternatives to racial profiling, harsh school discipline

By Susan Ferriss

The Advancement Project, a civil rights initiative, holds conference in D.C. to address educators' frustrations as well as student concerns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Advancement Project":

"… nts’ scores on standardized tests? A civil rights initiative called The Advancement Project took on these sensitivities in July at an unprecedented national conferenc …"

"… ed “town hall” session led by Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project. During that session, Chief Judge Chandlee Johnson Kuhn of the Delaware F …"

"… racial profiling” of black students, especially, flowed throughout the Advancement Project conference. The event took place as jurors deliberated over a verdict in t …"

"… e alternatives to removing kids that don’t cost a lot to implement? The Advancement Project’s website highlights changes in policies in Denver, Los Angeles and othe …"

GOP leadership PACs boost American Future Fund

By Michael Beckel

Republican senators steered donations to a nonprofit group touting their GOP colleague in May.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Hampshire":

"… reshmen Sen. Kelly Ayotte found herself under serious political fire. The New Hampshire Republican’s vote in April against enhancing firearm background checks p …"

'Tea party' nonprofits rarely endorsed political candidates

By Michael Beckel

'Tea party'-branded nonprofits at heart of IRS scandal rarely endorsed political candidates.

New federal scrutiny in wake of Center and NPR grain bin 'drownings' report

By Howard Berkes

The Justice Department might again consider criminal charges in case reported by Center and NPR.

Report reveals dramatic decline in youth incarceration

By Susan Ferriss

U.S. still tops, but rates have declined

American Future Fund's $29 million political advertising spree

By Michael Beckel

A conservative nonprofit called the American Future Fund amped up its ad spending in 2012.

After big U.S. Supreme Court win, Montana nonprofit suffers string of losses

By Paul Abowd

Democrat Steve Bullock's gubernatorial win a low point for litigious conservative group.

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Nonprofit profile: American Future Fund

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

Nonprofit profile: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

State Integrity Investigation turning heads

By Bill Buzenberg

Collaborative State Integrity Investigation cited by more than 100 media organizations in first two days

Data: Huge jump in Florida's homeless school-age kids

By Susan Ferriss

Great Recession takes toll on Florida students, with homelessness spiking

A handy global guide to NGO experts

By David E. Kaplan

Here’s a handy tool we just came across: a media guide to civil society experts around the world. You can search by topic, region, country,

A global lack of transparency

By M.B. Pell

Investigation into climate change lobbying groups yields little transparency

State ethics update — June 19

By Caitlin Ginley

Here’s our biweekly round-up of recent developments regarding ethics policies in the states. PaperTrail is digging through the news for the

State ethics rules — April 27 edition

By Caitlin Ginley

As previously promised, PaperTrail provides you with another round-up of recent action on state ethics policies, including a new bill in Ten

Disclosure filings by lobbyists still incomplete

By Matthew Lewis

After a rash of congressional ethics scandals, Congress toughened up lobbying disclosure rules by passing the Honest Leadership and Open Gov

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Attorney’s Office":

"… ance lobbyists’ understanding of the new rules. It acknowledged that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is ramping up both enforcement activities and …"

Zero enforcement

By Caitlin Ginley

In a crucial election year rife with controversies and record spending, the Federal Election Commission, missing four of its six members, la

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Minority Leader":

"… enacted by Congress. This situation cannot stand.”Calls to the office of Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were not returned. …"

Three Big Donors Bankrolled Americans For Limited Government In 2005

By Bill Hogan

Three Big Donors Bankrolled Americans For Limited Government In 2005

Frequently asked questions

By Charles Lewis

Charles Lewis answers questions about the Center's recent project and the more general issue of ethics in state legislatures today.


By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Nebraska


By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Oklahoma

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alaska":

"… te of inflation, or 7 percent, between 1997 and 2000. Those states include Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon an …"


By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Pennsylvania

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minnesota":

"… ticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Te …"

South Carolina

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in South Carolina