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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… he only other donor to the Citizens for a Working America PAC this year is New York-based Paladin Holdings LLC, which gave $5,000 in May. That limited liabil …"

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 "FedEx":

"… ional Association of Broadcasters, defense contractor United Technologies, FedEx Corp., health firm Amgen, Shell Oil, Prudential Financial, JPMorgan Chase …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… ol apprehensions of minors traveling on their own from three countries — El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — leaped from about 4,060 in 2011 to nearly 21,5 …"

"… worst crime and murder rates in the world. Fifteen-year-old Maritza, from El Salvador, told researchers that a gang member warned her uncle that another man had …"

"… a gang member warned her uncle that another man had his eye on her. “In El Salvador, they take young girls, rape them and throw them in plastic bags,” Marit …"

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 "San Francisco":

"… for the privilege of not paying taxes, said Gregory Colvin, a principal of San Francisco-based law firm Adler & Colvin. Colvin, a leader on the American Bar As …"

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 "Senate":

"… ne for pre-general election reports in New Jersey's high-profile U.S. Senate special election on Oct. 16, in which Democrat Cory Booker is battling Rep …"

"… commission is slated to regain a full complement of commissioners, as the Senate last week approved the nominations of Republican Lee Goodman and Democrat …"

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.

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 "Kelly Ayotte":

"… ed that the government “shutter the IRS.”     …"

'Tea party' nonprofits rarely endorsed political candidates

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… d electoral politics, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of Federal Election Commission filings. About five dozen groups with the buzzwords “tea party,” “p …"

"… loosened in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling. While 501(c)(4) nonprofits cannot primarily be in the business of …"

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.

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

"… emorial to Pacas and Whitebread in their favorite city park. …"

Report reveals dramatic decline in youth incarceration

By Susan Ferriss

U.S. still tops, but rates have declined

Excerpts from this story referencing "Annie E. Casey Foundation":

"… rate in 35 years in 2010, according to a report released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In 1975, the child welfare and research group found, the number of youth …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Marcus Owens":

"… overning (c)(4) groups.“They’re like mushrooms after the rain,” said Marcus Owens, the former director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division. “They pop …"

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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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Consumer Financial Protection Bureau":

"… eiling.It has supported the Stop Online Piracy Act and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.Some of the Chamber’s state and local affiliates aren’t happy with the …"

State Integrity Investigation turning heads

By Bill Buzenberg

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Washington Post":

"… organizations. The investigation has been featured in outlets such as The Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Miami Herald and the Chicago T …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "China":

"… jor economies key to the climate change debate: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, and the United States. In developing co …"

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 "Honest Leadership and Open Government Act":

"… s scandals, Congress toughened up lobbying disclosure rules by passing the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act in 2007. But just how transparent have lobbyists become since then? The an …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… n a crucial election year rife with controversies and record spending, the Federal Election Commission, missing four of its six members, lacks the quorum necessary to take any a …"

Three Big Donors Bankrolled Americans For Limited Government In 2005

By Bill Hogan

Three Big Donors Bankrolled Americans For Limited Government In 2005

Excerpts from this story referencing "Grassroots":

"… viduals from across the country,” the organization’s Web site says. “Grassroots volunteers and donors make up the heart and soul of our organization.”&n …"

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.

California

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in California

Hawaii

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Hawaii

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rhode Island":

"… cannot do either because the law does not provide criminal sanctions. Only Rhode Island's ethics agency has the power to remove legislators from office; another 1 …"

Maine

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Maine

Missouri

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Missouri

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… ent, between 1997 and 2000. Those states include Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon and West Virginia. Two sta …"

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