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.

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 "Guatemala":

"… ons of minors traveling on their own from three countries — El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — leaped from about 4,060 in 2011 to nearly 21,540 in 2013. …"

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 "spokesman":

"… ction and resources, said Stephanie Grisham, Horne’s press secretary. A spokesman for Washington, D.C., Attorney General Irvin Nathan declined to comment. T …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… r Oct. 8.     …"

"… ment shutdown. That's notable because oral arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a case that could allow individuals the ability to donate money to more p …"

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 "official":

"… d has also urged President Barack Obama to “fire” Lois Lehrer, the IRS official at the heart of the scandal about the agency’s treatment of groups apply …"

'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 "Adam Kinzinger":

"… o ads that mentioned Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Republican House candidate Adam Kinzinger of Illinois ahead of during the 2012 election. IRS records show automated …"

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 "chair":

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

"… be enforced, with lawbreakers held responsible." Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), chair of the Senate Employment and Workplace Safety subcommittee, said, "Up …"

Report reveals dramatic decline in youth incarceration

By Susan Ferriss

U.S. still tops, but rates have declined

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… sed treatment. California and New York are among those states, as the Center for Public Integrity has reported. The Center receives funding from the Casey Foundation. …"

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 "state legislator":

"… ee times.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 "Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics":

"… ure Fund's big spending in 2010 drew the attention of watchdogs, including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). In February 2011, CREW asked the IRS to investigate …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "media organizations":

"… — has been quoted, praised, assailed or otherwise cited by more than 100 media organizations. The investigation has been featured in outlets such as The Washingto …"

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 "Washington":

"… of disclosure filings for “The Climate Lobby” – an investigation of Washington’s lobbying surge on climate change legislation – namely, that some fir …"

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 "Russ Feingold":

"… t recently, Democrats, in particular Senators Barack Obama of Illinois and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, have blocked confirmation of Hans von Spakovsky, objecting t …"

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 "Rutgers University":

"… 00 Web site: www.statesnews.orgEagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University Director: Ruth B. Mandel Telephone: (732) 932-9384 Web site …"


By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Utah

West Virginia

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in West Virginia


By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in California

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… sissippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin. Six state ethics agency budgets — in Arkansas …"


By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Hawaii