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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… receive royalties from companies active in the Eagle Ford, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of thousands of pages of financial disclosure records. Their holdin …"

"… nd Registration, wrote in a Jan. 7, 2011, interoffice memo obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News  and The Weather Channel. Soward, the former TCE …"

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 "New Mexico":

"… ciary aren’t unduly influenced by outside interests.” The online New Mexico Watchdog suggested that the legislature consider addressing a gap in …"

"… consider addressing a gap in state law that an official said limited New Mexico from posting the state’s disclosures online, as the Center noted in …"

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 "Energy":

"… the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s general counsel to join Duke Energy, soon after he made several rulings at IURC that would benefit the Energy …"

"… icy director of the Indiana chapter of Common Cause, referring to the Duke Energy scandal. She said it has become common practice for government officials t …"

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 "state legislature":

"… ncy for it."That's why she spent much of the spring battling a bill in the state legislature that would have made it nearly impossible for other cities to emulate Aust …"

Under pressure

By Robert Morlino

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rhode Island":

"… d overstepped its legal authority in its vigorous investigation of Simmons.Rhode Island Senate Majority Leader M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Newport) has introduced leg …"

"… as introduced legislation that would amend the definition of a lobbyist in Rhode Island to include those who lobby the executive branch exclusively; currently lob …"

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 "House Energy and Commerce Committee":

"… the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Senate Democrats said last week they plan to subpoena documents from Enro …"