Corporate subsidy deals don’t always deliver

By Julie Patel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boeing":

"… ises of jobs. Take Washington, which successfully clinched a deal to have Boeing build its planned 777X airplanes in-state thanks in part to an $8.7 billio …"

"… , which Good Jobs First says is “by far the largest in U.S. history.” Boeing has contributed millions of dollars in campaign contributions the past few …"

"… andidates, and two of the top three state subsidies over time have gone to Boeing from Washington. Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat who pushed for the recent ta …"

"… tax deal, received $58,718 in contributions for his 2012 campaign from the Boeing's political action commiteee and its employees — second most among …"

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 "Chemical Safety Board":

"… on, W.Va., which has left hundreds of thousands without water, is the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, whose investigative backlog was detailed in a Center for Public Integrity …"

"… s last April. Read the Center probe in full: As critics press for action, Chemical Safety Board investigations languish …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… ild a fleet of sleek plug-ins four years ago, the Obama administration’s Energy Department promised cutting-edge cars and thousands of jobs. “We're mak …"

"… Fisker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection — a symbol of a larger Energy Department electric car program that has yet to fully take off. In Octobe …"

"… In October 2011, The Center for Public Integrity and ABC News explored the Energy Department’s risky $1 billion bet on Fisker and another California elect …"

"… loan nine years early, but Fisker’s project never gained traction. The Energy Department earmarked $529 million to Fisker and ultimately dispersed $192 …"

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 "chief of staff":

"… llion over the fleet’s 35-year lifespan. Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, told a June 19 congressional hearing that the F-35 was “the only viable …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… s to key members while they considered the fate of the M1 Abrams tank. The Pentagon says it has enough Abrams tanks – and has even mothballed some in the Ca …"

"… brams tanks – and has even mothballed some in the California desert. The Pentagon wants to halt the program to save $3 billion. But armed with the data, we …"

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 "chief of staff":

"… respond to repeated requests for comment. Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, responded that the hourly cost was “about the same” but argued that, …"

"… ldn’t keep flying both of them, Gen. Norton Schwartz, then the Air Force chief of staff, responded that “if resources were not an issue or were less an issue, w …"

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 "co-founder":

"… cy. Testifying before the Oversight and Reform Committee late last month, co-founder Henrik Fisker said the company had sold 2,000 Karmas worldwide. He cited a …"

"… s include venture capitalist and Obama fundraiser Steve Westly, and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. While Fisker searches for a potential buyer …"

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 "Chemical Safety Board":

"… n five and 15 people, authorities say, and injured more than 160. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent agency that investigates chemical accidents and issues saf …"

"… ng 11 workers and unleashing a massive oil spill. In both cases, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board — an independent agency modeled after the National Transportat …"

"… ransportation Safety Board — launched investigations. Like the NTSB, the Chemical Safety Board is supposed to follow such probes with recommendations aimed at preventing …"

"… bligated to pay attention to recommendations.” Falling productivity The Chemical Safety Board had a rocky start. Created by Congress in amendments to the Clean Air Act …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… ave been filed. “It’s still an ongoing, joint investigation,” an FBI spokeswoman told the Center January 31. “Most applicants and manufacturers noted th …"

Toyota forms new campaign money vehicle

By Dave Levinthal

Automaker forms new committee to raise, spend campaign cash.

Excerpts from this story referencing "treasurer":

"… S.A.'s group vice president and chief financial officer, will serve as its treasurer, according to federal filings. A regional division of Toyota — Gulf Sta …"

US Airways strengthens lobbying force

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Airlines":

"…     …"

"… bilities include "issues relating to the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines," the filing states. Reed lists his lobbying duties as "House and Se …"

"… federal bankruptcy judge, who is overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings of American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corp. Some lawmakers are also concerned that the air …"

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 "Congress":

"… t for all of the Air Force launches scheduled through 2017.Some members of Congress are upset by the pricetag, however, and key lawmakers — acting with the …"

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.

GAO: Missile defense initiative faces continuing challenges

By Aaron Mehta and Zach Toombs

GAO says programs still not following 'best practices.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… e entire effort will experience serious delays, says a new report from the Government Accountability Office.Cost estimates and timetables for five key missile defense programs are …"

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 "National Transportation Safety Board":

"… ion of an urban neighborhood could have been much worse. The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a 12-person team to investigate the derailment on the Norfolk S …"

Accounting for limousines: A moving target

By Joe Eaton

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens Against Government Waste":

"… or 2011. Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste, questioned whether the GSA simply fixed an accounting error or is trying …"

Diesel engine exhaust earns 'carcinogenic' label

By Jim Morris

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… rance, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, said there is “sufficient evidence that exposure [to diesel exhaust] is …"

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 "Iowa":

"… 6.1 million to air the ad in eight battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.– Robert Farley …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "General Motors":

"… te in turn links to, a website that tracks the cost of the General Motors bailout.Identities of the creators and funders of the ad are obscured. Bot …"

"… ad is still available on Vimeo.  In an emailed statement, a General Motors representative for the Volt said they persued the copyright claim because …"

"… ontributed to this story. This story has been updated to add comments from General Motors and Howe. …"

Long-delayed diesel study published

By Jim Morris

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Allen Schaeffer":

"… nue to be exposed … at levels similar to those observed in this study.”Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, a nonprofit organizati …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… George W. Bush in the waning days of his presidency. Moreover, GOP rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum would have people believe the United Auto Workers union …"

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 "Delaware":

"… t with help from a $529 million federal loan, has announced layoffs at its Delaware plant as it tries to persuade the Department of Energy to continue backing …"

"… ublic money.The company says 26 Fisker employees have been let go from the Delaware factory where renowned automotive engineer Henrik Fisker promised to …"

"… k Fisker promised to one day begin producing affordable electric sedans. A Delaware newspaper also reported that subcontractors working on the car venture hav …"

"… and others.“Folks, we're making a bet,” Biden said on Oct. 27, 2009 in Delaware. “We're making a bet in the future, we're making a bet in the American p …"

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 "Delaware":

"… ar — a more affordable family car that is supposed to be manufactured in Delaware. Fisker received its government loan even after company executives told E …"

"… redict will eventually create thousands of jobs at a shuttered GM plant in Delaware. “Not a single dollar of the [Department of Energy] DoE loans has been, …"

"… create U.S. jobs, which led to the purchase [of] its own assembly plant in Delaware where we plan to establish production of our second, higher volume, line o …"

"… ough about 100 assembly line workers have been hired to start prepping the Delaware facility. Press Secretary Jay Carney told ABC News White House Correspond …"

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 "Delaware":

"… h would eventually be assembled by U.S. workers at a shuttered GM plant in Delaware. "Not a single dollar of the [Department of Energy] DoE loans has been, o …"

"… the ground in the United States both directly at the plant in Wilmington [Delaware] and at the headquarters on the West Coast," Carney said. "The model that …"

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 "Penny Pritzker":

"… her Tesla investor is Nick Pritzker, a donor to Obama and a cousin of Penny Pritzker, the national finance chair of Obama’s 2008 campaign. O’Connell, the …"

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 "Secret Service":

"… ell of the $1.1 million bus came from Canada, but it was converted for the Secret Service by a company in Tennessee.Full QuestionThere have been several articles la …"

"… been several articles lately decrying the Obama administration because the Secret Service allegedly purchased tour buses from Canada. I've also read in a couple of …"

"… Here's the story on the bus. It was one of two custom buses ordered by the Secret Service in July 2010 from Hemphill Brothers Coach Company in Whites Creek, Tenn., …"

"… Whites Creek, Tenn., at a total cost of nearly $2.2 million, according to Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie and purchasing documents.The shell of the bus was …"

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