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 "Center for Competitive Politics":

"… (Update, July 11, 2014, 8:48 p.m.: Joe Trotter, a spokesman for the Center for Competitive Politics, said because the nonprofit donors were named there was "no 'subversion' o …"

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 "American Chemistry Council":

"… ore on lobbying thanks to its “successful 2013 earnings results.” The American Chemistry Council’s lobbying spending jumped from $1.9 million during the first quarter of …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… t a new wave of political nonprofits have received in the wake of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that has allowed them to flourish. The group that supplied some …"

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 "Harry Reid":

"… atriot Majority network spent millions on behalf of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who won a contentious re-election battle that year. A 2011 filin …"

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 "Laura Speer":

"… juvenile justice systems have locked up fewer delinquent youth.”  Laura Speer, associate director of policy reform and data at Casey, said in an intervi …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ding more than $29 million on political advertisements, according to a new Center for Public Integrity analysis of state and federal records: That amount included more than $19 …"

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 "Colorado":

"… Revenue Service.The group, founded in 2008 to lob mailers into Montana and Colorado legislative races attacking environmentalists and moderate Republicans, ha …"

"… ps established by a Denver law firm called Hackstaff Law — where current Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler was once a partner.Gessler’s old firm a …"

"… mits in Longmont, Colo., in 2009, and is listed as its registered agent in Colorado.Because nonprofit 501(c)(4) groups like ATP do not have to disclose donors …"

"… donations totaling $500,000 to ATP in 2008. Another, called New Leadership Colorado, gave $45,000 to ATP. Both groups listed Hackstaff lawyers as their contac …"

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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

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Huffington Post":

"… the Bangor Daily News, the Tucson Sentinel, The Bellingham Herald, NPR and The Huffington Post, just to name a few.The idea of measuring accountability and transparency …"

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

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.

South Carolina

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in South Carolina


By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Utah

Excerpts from this story referencing "Utah":

"… the reference, visit  …"

"… Are there state statutes that address ethical conduct for legislators?Yes. Utah Code Title 36, Chapter 19, "Conflicts of Interest" prohibits a legislator …"

"… by the legislator. Code Title 67, Chapter 16 is the "Utah Public Officers' and Employees' Eth …"

"… Code Title 67, Chapter 16 is the "Utah Public Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act," but it does not pertain to st …"

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