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 "president":

"… bbyist Tom Norris as the chairman of the Jobs and Progress Fund and as the president of the Government Integrity Fund. Norris, the owner of Columbus-based Cap …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Judge":

"… oto IDs in order to vote was discriminatory and violated the Constitution, Judge Lynn Adelman set off a skirmish that is likely to be fought across nine st …"

"… of the requirement with the effects of past or present discrimination,” Judge Adelman wrote in her decision on Wisconsin. The controversy over America …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ntegrity of analysis of new congressional disclosure reports and Center for Responsive Politics data. These new numbers reverse — at least temporarily — top lob …"

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 "U.S. government":

"… ies at the University of California's Hastings College of the Law. “The U.S. government usually does not appoint counsel for unaccompanied children in immigration …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… $91,000 supporting Flake and Heller’s runs for Senate, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Flake won by a margin of about three percentage points, while Heller won …"

"… are nonprofits for spending in the 2012 federal election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That included about $20 million in spending aimed to oust President Barac …"

"… gainst his opponent, former U.S. Surgeon General Carmona, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and American Commitment news releases. Phil Kerpen, president of American …"

"… from Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies as previously reported by the Center for Responsive Politics. The two grants comprised most of Americans for Tax Reform’s overall re …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… first campaign finance reports of the year until July 31. On May 10, the Iowa-based American Future Fund took to the airwaves touting Ayotte’s “cour …"

"… reviously reported. Little is known about the group’s donors. In 2008, Iowa businessman Bruce Rastetter provided an unspecified amount of “seed mone …"

'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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… they will be safe and protected at the workplace," said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "legislator":

"… es.During her 2008 run, Bonogofsky was puzzled by a call from former state legislator John Sinrud, one of ATP’s founders, offering to lend a hand.“They want …"

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Nonprofit profile: American Future Fund

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… 0620554Supports: Conservative candidatesFounded: 2007Location: Des Moines, IowaWebsite: americanfuturefund.comSocial media: Facebook page, Twitter profile …"

"… litical consulting firm, and longtime adviser to former Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa. He also founded the pro-Santorum super PAC Red, White and Blue Fund.Sandr …"

"… ue Fund.Sandra Greiner (director and president): Greiner is a farmer and a Iowa Republican state senator who served as the Iowa chairwoman of the American …"

"… Greiner is a farmer and a Iowa Republican state senator who served as the Iowa chairwoman of the American Legislative Exchange Council for 14 years.Allis …"

Nonprofit profile: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… lion, though other estimates peg the number as much lower.According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Chamber has spent more than $900 million on lobbying since 1998 and h …"

"… al ads to the Federal Election Commission, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics.Its goal for the 2012 election cycle was to spend $50 million on political …"

"… m $17 million in 1998 to as high as $157 million in 2010, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.Donohue’s goal as CEO, Business Insider reported, was to “build the bi …"

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 "Quebec":

"… ata off the lobbying registry site, and that site is, as they would say in Quebec, une désastre.Additionally, the Canadian registry fails to report ho …"

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

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.

Missouri

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Missouri

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… on the agency's Web site.Actual FindingsJust three states — Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia — have not issued a finding against a legislator for v …"

Nebraska

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Nebraska

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… land, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin. Six state ethic …"

"… on the agency's Web site.Actual FindingsJust three states — Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia — have not issued a finding against a legislator for v …"

Oklahoma

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Oklahoma

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… on the agency's Web site.Actual FindingsJust three states — Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia — have not issued a finding against a legislator for v …"

Pennsylvania

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Pennsylvania

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… rchase the reference, visit www.cogel.org. …"

"… also oversees personal financial disclosure for members of the legislature.Pennsylvania is among the 22 states that established outside oversight of ethical condu …"

"… that cover ethics and disclosure, plus nine that cover disclosure only — Pennsylvania is one of 12 where the legislature appoints at least one commission member …"

"… husetts — have members picked without the input of the legislature.BudgetPennsylvania is among 22 states that did approve a budget for its ethics agency exceedi …"

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