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 "the Boeing":

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

"… elected officials. A spokeswoman for Inslee said he has publicly defended the Boeing subsidy. “For every dollar we put into that, we’re going to get $3 ba …"

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 "West Virginia":

"… ts — many of them from Congress — for investigations. Even before the West Virginia chemical spill, a steady stream of serious accidents kept the small agency …"

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 "ABC News":

"… t to fully take off. In October 2011, The Center for Public Integrity and ABC News explored the Energy Department’s risky $1 billion bet on Fisker and anot …"

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 "New York":

"… L-3 to develop a plan for correcting the problems. A spokesman for L-3 in New York said she could not immediately comment. The F-35 Program Office's written …"

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 "Senate":

"… Commission campaign finance data and congressional lobbying data from the Senate Office of Public Records. We have focused on all contributions and lobbyin …"

"… spending (Armed Services, Appropriations and Energy, in both the House and Senate). We have seen how these defense companies are intervening in critical con …"

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 "House":

"… airman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. He told the House Armed Services Committee in February 2012 that the Global Hawk “has fund …"

"… fundamentally priced itself out of our ability to afford it.” The White House, in two messages to Congress last year, said it “strongly objects” to …"

"… the government culminated in a letter  this May from two influential House lawmakers to newly installed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, reminding h …"

"… and go for the gold,” said Gordon Adams, who served as the senior White House budget official for national security from 1993 to 1997 and has studied de …"

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 Industries Inc.":

"… he spending habits of KOCHPAC, the political action committee sponsored by Koch Industries Inc., which the Koch brothers run. The Center's article also appeared in t …"

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.

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 "Transport":

"… afety Board — an independent agency modeled after the National Transportation Safety Board — launched investigations. Like the NTSB, the Chemical …"

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 "Energy":

"… z, the Loan Programs Office’s acting executive director. …"

"… Accountability Office report, rekindle questions over how effectively the Energy Department picks winners and losers for its lucrative green Energy portfol …"

"… yet $4.2 billion remains in that pool of money, the GAO report said. The Energy Department does not expect to issue any more loans under a program once pi …"

"… ilable under the ATVM loan program,” the GAO’s Frank Rusco wrote. The Energy Department told auditors it had seven ATVM applications on file, totaling …"

Toyota forms new campaign money vehicle

By Dave Levinthal

Automaker forms new committee to raise, spend campaign cash.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ve previously worked for the government in some capacity, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Among the outside lobbying firms with which Toyota contracted in 2012: B …"

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 "Senate":

"… th a pair of new government relations firms, documents filed with the U.S. Senate this weekend indicate. Joseph Gibson of The Gibson Group will handle one …"

"… es," the filing states. Reed lists his lobbying duties as "House and Senate hearings; merger activities," according to his filing. During 2012, US Ai …"

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 "Boeing":

"… ormed in 2006 by the Pentagon’s top two contractors, Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The Air Force plans to award the $19 billion deal between June and Octobe …"

"… not explicitly picked ULA yet, only the company’s Delta IV, produced by Boeing, can lift the government’s heaviest payloads, such as telescopic cameras …"

"… ng to break ULA’s hold on Pentagon satellite launches since Lockheed and Boeing created the consortium in 2006. The year ULA was formed, SpaceX sued the t …"

"… fall into smaller weight classes, the Air Force spokeswoman said.Although Boeing’s $16.1 million and Lockheed’s $15.1 million in 2011 lobbying expenses …"

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 "The Pentagon":

"… warded to Northrop Grumman for work on a high-altitude surveillance plane. The Pentagon’s Inspector General found that money was paid without scrutiny, and Nort …"

"… ce 238 existing systems, at a total cost now estimated to be $15.2 billion.The Pentagon’s top financial office did not contest the findings and promised to trac …"

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 "Transport":

"… urban neighborhood could have been much worse. The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a 12-person team to investigate the derailmen …"

Accounting for limousines: A moving target

By Joe Eaton

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

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 "Southern California":

"… ”Andrea Hricko, a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California who has warned for years of diesel’s hazards, said in an email that the …"

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 "Asia":

"… rue that for a time they were put together using LED lights made mostly in Asia, under a waiver the Department of Energy issued in February 2010 — and t …"

"… new SunPower facility in Mexico, as well as from other SunPower plants in Asia, company spokeswoman Natalie Wymer told us. But the overwhelming majority …"

"… bsp;investigation found most of those components were being purchased from Asia.However, that waiver was withdrawn on Dec. 1, 2010, after the EE …"

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 "Vice President":

"… has highlighted Howe’s ad with a parody news story about Obama replacing Vice President Joe Biden with the Chevy Volt for his running mate, in turn linking to oba …"

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 "Mining":

"… ational Safety and Health (NIOSH), had been held up by litigation from the Mining Awareness Resource Group, an industry organization that first challenged t …"

"… an emailed statement to the Center Friday afternoon, Chajet wrote that the Mining Awareness Resource Group — MARG — "is concerned by the [NCI] press rel …"

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 "Vice President":

"… efforts have been 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. 2 …"

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 "Obama":

"… ns are calling on Congressional investigators to expand their probe of the Obama Administration’s “green energy” loan program to include Fisker, the …"

"… hearings and released thousands of pages of documents subpoenaed from the Obama administration that showed there were deep divisions about the wisdom of l …"

"… and Fisker have become grist for campaign trail attacks aimed at President Obama. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney joined those calling on more scruti …"

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

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 "car manufacturing":

"… inistration, supported the department’s loan program and the creation of car manufacturing jobs in the United States.” Executives from Tesla and Fisker said they …"

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

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 "Jon Tester":

"… s own party and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).On June 29, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to protest …"

Boeing pocketed millions by overcharging Army, IG report finds

By Ben Wieder

Boeing overcharged the Army $13 million for helicopter parts

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