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 "U.S. Environmental Protection Agency":

"… in more than $4 million. Since he has been in office, Abbott has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 18 times for interfering in Texas affairs. Supporters say the oil and gas …"

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 "Columbia":

"… The nine-month investigation reported that 42 states and the District of Columbia received a failing grade in a Center evaluation of disclosure requirements …"

"… a viewpoint shared by every chief justice in the country,” she told the Columbia newspaper. The state scored 40 points in the survey. Chip Campsen, a Rep …"

"… Ethics Commission are on notice.” Other comments The District of Columbia (15 points) has great disclosure rules. Unfortunately, the public can …"

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 "Texas Ethics Commission":

"… hat do have ethics panels, some are clearly making an honest go of it. The Texas Ethics Commission, charged with overseeing campaign finance and lobbying reports, is one of …"

"… th in the state ethics law.”Policing the Powerful: No Teeth, No Bite The Texas Ethics Commission consists of eight board members: four appointed by the governor, two by th …"

"… ts, it would affect my vote,” she said.Attorney Fred Lewis said that the Texas Ethics Commission often finds itself in a tight spot, as the legislature ultimately controls …"

"… osition. “They realize it’s the hand that feeds them,” he said. Texas Ethics Commissioner Paul Hobby, who was appointed by the House speaker in December, said the …"

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 "New York City":

"… r misfiling records (while also sitting on about $60,000 in fines from the New York City Campaign Finance Board).Earlier this year, a North Carolina judge ruled th …"

More cities offering wireless Internet access

By David Baumgarten

Bells call it unfair competition

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas Ethics Commission":

"… ts list SBC as a client for 2005 on registration forms they filed with the Texas Ethics Commission — on the statehouse in Austin. With Verizon lobbyists also supporting H. …"

Under pressure

By Robert Morlino

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… byist gifts to legislators as the legislation has come under consideration.Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco has introduced ethics legislation that would expand t …"

"… Blanco's legislation fails to take into account the recommendations of the Louisiana Public Affairs Council, which has recommended an outright ban on gifts and …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… mm is an Enron director, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay and Majority Leader Dick Armey.Enron was the strongest proponent of deregulation of the electric utility …"