Corporate subsidy deals don’t always deliver

By Julie Patel

Popular business incentive programs can help politicians win favor with voters and companies.

West Virginia chemical spill probe falls to overburdened Chemical Safety Board

By Chris Hamby and Ronnie Greene

Massive chemical spill in W.Va. adds to a growing backlog for the troubled Chemical Safety Board.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Transport":

"… w case to the federal agency’s workload. The CSB is akin to the National Transportation Safety Board — an independent federal board whose inquiries are int …"

Energy Department 'bet' on Fisker Automotive ends in bankruptcy

By Ronnie Greene

An Energy Department program meant to spur development of electric cars faces another setback with Fisker Chapter 11 filing.

Defense Department poorly managed design, construction of F-35 fighter, auditor says

By Douglas Birch

A detailed new report offers some insight into why the most costly weapon system in U.S. history has so many problems and defects.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… ent. In double-barrelled criticisms, the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General report said the F-35 program office’s oversight of Lockheed Martin, the …"

"… ” Michael J. Rein of Lockheed Martin issued a statement noting that the Inspector General’s investigation was concluded last year and that most issues had been ad …"

How the defense industry dodges budget cuts

By Bill Buzenberg

Center's 'Gift Economy' project shows how money from defense contractors to key lawmakers affects key national security issues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Air Force":

"… Not Be Grounded, depicting how Northrop Grumman was able to defeat an Air Force effort to save $2.5 billion by halting production of the troubled Global H …"

"… $2.5 billion by halting production of the troubled Global Hawk drone. Top Air Force officials knew last year they needed to halt spending on some large and ex …"

The huge drone that could not be grounded

By Richard H.P. Sia and Alexander Cohen

A major defense contractor used its connections on Capitol Hill to keep a troubled drone aircraft aloft at a cost of billions of dollars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… some lawmakers to resist the drawdown in military spending that President Obama and some military analysts say is needed to help shrink the federal defici …"

Democrats use Kochs to scare up campaign cash after Center report

By Dave Levinthal

Democratic party committees fundraising around record Koch Industries PAC spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… n numerous fundraising emails to describe the actions of David and Charles Koch, the billionaire oilmen who rank among conservative interests’ top bankr …"

"… he spending habits of KochPAC, the political action committee sponsored by Koch Industries Inc., which the Koch brothers run. The Center's article also ap …"

"… he political action committee sponsored by Koch Industries Inc., which the Koch brothers run. The Center's article also appeared in the Huffington Po …"

"… 2013’s mid-year campaign finance reporting deadline, repeatedly used the Koch brothers as fundraising tools:     …"

Two DOE electric car loans, two different paths

By Ronnie Greene

As Fisker Automotive struggles to stay afloat, Tesla Motors pays off its Energy Department loan.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Delaware":

"… $359 million would help the company re-open a shuttered former GM plant in Delaware, where Fisker would develop “Project NINA” — a mass-market hybrid se …"

As critics press for action, Chemical Safety Board investigations languish

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which probes chemical accidents, is under attack for its slow investigative pace.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lead investigator":

"… g owner Transocean’s refusal to comply with board subpoenas for records, lead investigator Cheryl MacKenzie said in a statement to the Center. “It took nearly two …"

Energy Department auto loan program sputters

By Ronnie Greene

A $25 billion Department of Energy loan program has not closed a loan in two years amid the specter of Solyndra.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tesla Motors":

"… form factories to build fuel-efficient vehicles, and cutting-edge upstarts Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive develop electric cars and plug-in hybrids. A smaller …"

Toyota forms new campaign money vehicle

By Dave Levinthal

Automaker forms new committee to raise, spend campaign cash.

US Airways strengthens lobbying force

By Dave Levinthal

US Airways hires pair of new government relations firms to help navigate merger with American Airlines.

Lawmakers complain about monopoly space launch deal

By Zach Toombs

The top house intelligence committee lawmakers say the Air Force is about to spend too much on one of its favorite contractors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… tch Ruppersberger, D-Md., who complained in an Aug. 2 letter that the Pentagon’s largest launch project “lacks domestic competition and is unable to …"

"… ce favors is United Launch Alliance, a joint project formed in 2006 by the Pentagon’s top two contractors, Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The Air Force plans t …"

"… of the deal, according to the Air Force.Cristina Chaplain, who audits the Pentagon’s space programs for the Government Accountability Office, said in an in …"

"… tellite business.Rogers and Ruppersberger, in their letter, encouraged the Pentagon to consider two other companies before awarding the EELV contract — Spac …"

Pentagon efforts to straighten out bookkeeping face billion-dollar cost overruns

By Zach Toombs

Software troubles cast doubt on Panetta’s promise of an accounting of expenses by 2017.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Northrop Grumman":

"… help stop improper payments, such as the $1.8 billion the Navy awarded to Northrop Grumman for work on a high-altitude surveillance plane. The Pentagon’s Inspector …"

GAO: Missile defense initiative faces continuing challenges

By Aaron Mehta and Zach Toombs

GAO says programs still not following 'best practices.'

Ohio freight train derails, causing fiery blast

By The Associated Press

Freight train derails, causing fiery blast in Ohio; witness says looked like 'sun exploded'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Columbus":

"… id they went to the hospital themselves with minor injuries. Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, who later Wednesday visited a temporary Red Cross s …"

"… in other ways as well." Assistant Chief David Whiting of the Columbus fire division said it was fortunate the accident occurred in the middle of …"

"… Nicholas Goodrich, a 35-year-old grocery store employee from Columbus, said he and two other people got as close as 100 feet from the explosion. …"

"… ___ Associated Press writers Barbara Rodriguez in Columbus and Shelley Adler in Washington contributed to this report. …"

Accounting for limousines: A moving target

By Joe Eaton

Change in definition brought the government's limousine count down.

Excerpts from this story referencing "General Services Administration":

"… a year ago, based on information in the annual Fleet Report issued by the General Services Administration, the Center for Public Integrity reported that the number of limousines ow …"

Diesel engine exhaust earns 'carcinogenic' label

By Jim Morris

An international health body declared Tuesday that diesel engine exhaust is 'carcinogenic to humans.'

FACT CHECK: Green stimulus sending jobs overseas?

By FactCheck.Org

Conservative advocacy ad avoids the facts about Obama administration investments into sustainable energy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California Valley Solar Ranch":

"… e 250 MW alternating current PV solar generating facility, called the California Valley Solar Ranch, for NRG.Last August, SunPower announced that it was opening a s …"

"… ad implies.It’s true that some of the solar panels installed in the new California Valley Solar Ranch will come from the new SunPower facility in Mexico, as well as from other …"

Conservative radio host and filmmaker produced viral Volt video

By Rachael Marcus

A parody ad hammering the president for backing GM's bailout produced by a conservative media personality

Long-delayed diesel study published

By Jim Morris

Landmark study of miners shows elevated risk of cancer from engine exhaust

FACT CHECK: Artful swerves on the auto bailout

By The Associated Press

Both sides botch the facts in discussions on the 2008 federal bailout of the auto industry

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush administration":

"… ren't making many loans, much less to companies that were out of cash. The Bush administration moved fast because it saw no time to let an orderly bankruptcy unfold, eve …"

Another green energy company stumbles: Fisker announces layoffs

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

Electric car maker Fisker lays off workers, while asking the federal government for continued support

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Biden":

"… en beset by delays — even after the company was touted by Vice President Joe Biden and others.“Folks, we're making a bet,” Biden said on Oct. 27, 2009 in …"

Republicans call for probe of Obama’s green car program

By Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Ronnie Greene

Representative calls for further investigation into Energy Dept. loans to electric car companies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Energy":

"… jobs at a shuttered GM plant in Delaware. “Not a single dollar of the [Department of Energy] DoE loans has been, or will be, spent outside of America," a statement fr …"

Obama Administration defends Fisker cars from Solyndra comparison

By Matthew Mosk

Both Obama Administration and Finnish car company distance themselves from comparison to failed energy project Solyndra

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Energy":

"… ported applicants who would be building their cars on American soil. "The Department of Energy and Fisker executives are splitting hairs about where the money went," sai …"

"… ompany had announced its decision to build the Karma in Finland. While the Department of Energy did set aside about $170 million to finance the development of the Karma, …"

"… workers at a shuttered GM plant in Delaware. "Not a single dollar of the [Department of Energy] DoE loans has been, or will be, spent outside of America," a statement fr …"

Energy's risky $1 billion bet on two politically-connected electric car builders

By Ronnie Greene, Matthew Mosk and Brian Ross

Two politically connected firms get $1 billion in federal loans to build electric cars

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steve Westly":

"… ssionals and decided on the merits. Tesla brings political pull, as well. Steve Westly, who has “bundled” hundreds of thousands of dollars for Obama, sat on …"

FACT CHECK: Did Rep. Darrell Issa run 'political interference?'

By FactCheck.Org

Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace suggests Rep. Issa may have advocated for a Solyndra-like green company

FACT CHECK: Real origins of Obama's Canadian-American tour bus

By FactCheck.Org

Where President Obama's controversial tour bus actually came from

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minnesota":

"… office?Full AnswerPresident Barack Obama went on a bus tour through Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois last week to talk about jobs. "I want to sell goods all over …"

BARR battle: Obama administration to make more corporate jet data public despite flak

By Corbin Hiar

The Obama administration's plan to make even more data available on corporate jet flights is drawing heat from some strange bedfellows

Excerpts from this story referencing "Transport":

"… tion Administration.In a June 3 Federal Register notice, the Department of Transportation announced that the FAA will begin releasing after-the-fact flight dat …"

"… erties Union (ACLU).On June 29, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to protest the planned restriction. Six other De …"

Boeing pocketed millions by overcharging Army, IG report finds

By Ben Wieder

Boeing overcharged the Army $13 million for helicopter parts