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 "primary":

"… g businessman David Perdue in Georgia's contentious Republican U.S. Senate primary, has come from two "social welfare" nonprofits connected to an Ohio lobbyi …"

"… ton. The two men emerged as the top-two vote-getters in the state's May 20 primary, but neither garnered more than 50 percent of the vote. The winner will f …"

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 "ExxonMobil":

"… rests and defense contractors, such as Northrop Grumman, General Electric, ExxonMobil, Chevron Corp., Edison Electric Institute, BP and American Electrical Powe …"

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 "attorney general":

"… ees could get in trouble for not following their donors’ wishes. A state attorney general, for example, could go after such groups and the IRS could follow suit, sa …"

Not 'essential': Shutdown would hit FEC hard

By Dave Levinthal

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

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.

'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 "Kentucky":

"… erous Democratic candidates, including Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. In 2010, political committees that were part of the Pa …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… shifted to cheaper county-based custody or community-based treatment. California and New York are among those states, as the Center for Public Integrity ha …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… website and lists its address as a post office box in Phoenix.  The Arizona-based Center to Protect Patient Rights "contributed more than $14 mil …"

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 "Wells Fargo":

"… was made out to a company called “Direct Mail,” and deposited into the Wells Fargo bank account of ATP.In November, Kennedy told the Associated Press that he …"

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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

Excerpts from this story referencing "India":

"… imate change debate: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, and the United States. In developing countries and nations with we …"

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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… vernment] entities they reported lobbying” – such as the Senate or the Environmental Protection Agency. “[L]obbyists could not provide documentation to support any of the enti …"

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

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… t the generous funding of several foundations: the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Deer Creek Foundation, Ford Foundation, Joyce Foundation, John S. and Jam …"

Oklahoma

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Pennsylvania

South Carolina

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in South Carolina

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… h Carolina is among seven of those states — including Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina and Ohio — in which an outside agency is setup …"

Utah

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Utah

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