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 "California":

"… represents clients including the Ohio Ready Mixed Concrete Association and California-based Optivus Proton Therapy Inc., a company that specializes in proton ra …"

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 "America":

"… sp;  …"

"… Judge Adelman wrote in her decision on Wisconsin. The controversy over America’s restrictive voting laws — which supporters describe as necessary to …"

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.

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 "Tom Horne":

"… g or will investigate a particular organization. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s office “would likely look into it” — if a complaint was made and …"

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.

'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 "Chicago":

"… politically active nonprofits. One of these is Patriotic Veterans, Inc, a Chicago-based organization launched in 2008. Conservative political consultant Pau …"

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 "Patty Murray":

"… al danger, especially those who are untrained and ill-equipped," said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the chief sponsor of PAWA. "The evidence is clear that neither …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sarah Palin":

"… e Money Back.” The site focused on bits of his standup comedy discussing Sarah Palin in a lewd way, and it urged the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action …"

"… y Back” showed bits of comedian Bill Maher’s comedy routines featuring Sarah Palin and urged viewers to sign their petition denouncing Maher and demanding Pr …"

Nonprofit profile: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… elections, it reported spending nearly $33 million on political ads to the Federal Election Commission, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics.Its goal f …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… ethics policies in the states.Over the past few years, believe it or not, Louisiana has become something of a role model for other states in the area of trans …"

"… er states in the area of transparency and open government. On June 16, the Louisiana House and Governmental Affairs Committee approved a new “transparency” …"

"… nd cannot — be open to the public.The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, a government watchdog group, opposes the bill, saying “it would guard a …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… two years. The reason we know what we know is, unlike most everyone in the United States from political scientist to journalists, we've actually had our hands on t …"


By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in California


By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Hawaii


By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Maine


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A snapshot of ethics practices in Missouri