Saturated with oil money, Texas legislature saved industry from pollution rule

By David Hasemyer, Ben Wieder and Alan Suderman

An effort to impose stricter rules on Texas oil and gas operators in 2011 fizzled after the state legislature got involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "TCEQ":

"… Texans benefit from the production of oil and gas.” Soward, the former TCEQ commissioner who left in 2009, doesn’t see it that way. “The interest …"

"… t be heard because that is going against the interest of business.” The TCEQ, like the state legislature, is intertwined with the industry. The agency …"

"… ken in  between $160,000 and $420,000 since 2010. Jeffrey Saitas, the TCEQ’s executive director from 1998 to 2002, also lobbies for oil and gas com …"

"… est rules ignite uproar Despite the industry’s deep political ties, the TCEQ tightened its emissions standards in 2011. Complaints from people in Nort …"

State judges: We don't need no stinkin' disclosure

By John Dunbar, Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

Officials defend limited financial disclosure for high court judges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas Ethics Commission":

"… le aren't),” the paper wrote. “The Texas Legislature and the Texas Ethics Commission are on notice.” Other comments The District of Columbia (15 …"

Wendy Davis kicks fundraising into top gear

By Adam Wollner

State senator from Texas raising profile — and big money — in D.C. as she mulls gubernatorial bid.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas Ethics Commission":

"… Davis raised more than $933,000 in the final two weeks of June, a recent Texas Ethics Commission report shows. About one-third of that money came from outside the state, …"

Policing the politicians; state ethics commissions lack muscle

By Caitlin Ginley

Underfunded, politically crippled commissions frequently do little more than slap wrists

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vermont":

"… — Arizona, Idaho, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming — implement ethics rules through various governmen …"

Grading the nation: How accountable is your state?

By Caitlin Ginley

Our State Integrity Investigation reveals corruption risks in all 50 states

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… oard owners in the state — not just the lawmaker who pushed for the bill.Tennessee established its ethics commission six years ago, but has yet to issue a si …"

More cities offering wireless Internet access

By David Baumgarten

Bells call it unfair competition

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas Instruments":

"… ization," along with the help of technology companies like Dell, Intel and Texas Instruments, for the wireless advocates' victory."Municipal wireless is something that …"

Under pressure

By Robert Morlino

Hot-button issues spur lobby spending as some states weaken disclosure

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nelson Rockefeller":

"… e state's aging, severe Rockefeller drugs laws, so named for New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller who oversaw their passage in 1973, reformed without having registered as a …"

Enron top brass accused of dumping stock were big political donors

By John Dunbar, Robert Moore and MaryJo Sylwester

WASHINGTON, January 9, 2002 — Twenty-four top executives and board members at Enron Corp. contributed nearly $800,000 to national political

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Justice":

"… ’s rapid descent into bankruptcy is the subject of investigations by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the House Energy and Commerce …"