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 "Tax":

"… ensure promises about jobs and other Taxpayer benefits are delivered. “Taxpayers have the right to know exactly what they are getting in return for t …"

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 "Deepwater Horizon oil spill":

"… a steady stream of serious accidents kept the small agency busy, from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 to the fire at Chevron’s refinery in Richmond, Calif., in 2012 a …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… ey national security and defense budgeting issues. We’ve been examining Federal Election Commission campaign finance data and congressional lobbying data from the Senate Offi …"

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 "Leon Panetta":

"… 30’s in operation. "There's no free lunch here," then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta complained at a news conference after McKeon’s committee acted …"

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":

"… 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  …"

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 "Fisker Automotive":

"… wing boards to showrooms. But this week, the fortunes of Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive took sharply divergent turns. On Wednesday, the Energy Department announc …"

"… citing Fisker’s loan. Yet reality collided with those projections, and Fisker Automotive has not come close to meeting its goals. The company began drawing down o …"

"… another recipient of DOE funding — stopped manufacturing batteries. “Fisker Automotive had to cease production of the Karma,” Fisker said. “We explored optio …"

"… t he told the committee the company’s technology earned honors, and said Fisker Automotive “still has the potential to build on these achievements” if it can sec …"

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 plants":

"… sp;United Steelworkers union, which represents workers in refineries, chemical plants and other hazardous settings, has been among the board’s more vocal crit …"

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 "Fisker Automotive":

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

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney general":

"… ority counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, deputy assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice's Office of Legislative Affairs and&nbs …"

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 "Maryland":

"… software development facility 17 miles from Ruppersberger’s district in Maryland, has donated $13,000 to the lawmaker from its political action committee s …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… Department of Interior (3), the Department of Veterans Affairs (1) and the Environmental Protection Agency (1), reported no limousines for 2011. Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for …"

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 "Europe":

"… acknowledged the new technologies and stricter diesel standards adopted in Europe and North America over the past two decades. “However,” it said, “wh …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.– Robert Farley …"

"… n ad from the American Future Fund. Both the American Future Fund and Americans for Prosperity ads cite a Sept. 9, 2010, story in the Washington Times,&nb …"

"… so it’s a stretch to claim the entire $34 billion has been “wasted.”Americans for Prosperity announced it is spending $6.1 million to air the ad in eight bat …"

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 "Joe Biden":

"… 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 obamavolt2012 …"

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 "World Health Organization":

"… matter.The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, considers diesel exhaust "probably carcinogenic to humans." But IARC is s …"

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 "Ron Paul":

"… wild idea that Washington might force people to buy GM cars, and Ron Paul believes the market should let companies rise or fall without the governme …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… n, has announced layoffs at its Delaware plant as it tries to persuade the Department of Energy to continue backing it with public money.The company says 26 Fisker employ …"

"… oupe called the Karma.As the layoffs were announced, Fisker approached the Department of Energy about the targets it must meet to continue drawing federal money. It is no …"

"… the loan’s terms, or invest more taxpayer dollars in the Fisker venture.Department of Energy officials said they understand that Fisker has experienced production dela …"

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 "Solyndra":

"… from Congress since the first loan recipient, the solar manufacturing firm Solyndra, declared bankruptcy last month. A House Energy and Commerce Committee pa …"

"… stration that showed there were deep divisions about the wisdom of loaning Solyndra $535 million. ABC News reported Thursday that there are now emerging quest …"

"… he said. Concerns about the fate of federal loans to companies such as Solyndra and Fisker have become grist for campaign trail attacks aimed at President …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… Wilmington, Del., Vice President Joe Biden heralded a half-billion-dollar Department of Energy loan that would transform the idled site into a production line for electr …"

"… a project so vast. There is intense scrutiny of the decisions made by the Department of Energy as it invests billions of taxpayer dollars in alternative energy. The ques …"

"… uated from 1 percent to 3 percent. Industry watchers question whether the Department of Energy had the auto industry know-how to make an informed decision, and they worr …"

"… base price of $96,895, was supposed to be in showrooms last year, said the Department of Energy press release announcing the government’s loan commitment. “The four-d …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform":

"… California as well as in other states.” Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is leading the congressional investigation of the Department of Energy’ …"

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 "America":

"… sell goods all over the world that are stamped with three words: 'Made in America,' " Obama told a crowd in Iowa. Critics pounced, calling Obama h …"

"… Critics pounced, calling Obama hypocritical for talking about fighting for American jobs while riding around in a lavish new bus made in Canada. The claim be …"

"… p stars, corporate buses, etc.). Although the buses were purchased from an American company, the Secret Service was aware the shell came from Canada, Ogilvie …"

"… equipment afterward.So how much of the new bus used by Obama last week is American and how much is Canadian?Hemphill officials aren't talking. And Michael P …"

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 "Federal Aviation Administration":

"… c scrutiny.The roots of the initiative go back to the late 1990s, when the Federal Aviation Administration began releasing air traffic data to the airline industry in hopes of impro …"

"… cure their movements, according to the most recent figures provided by the Federal Aviation Administration.In a June 3 Federal Register notice, the Department of Transportation anno …"

Boeing pocketed millions by overcharging Army, IG report finds

By Ben Wieder

Boeing overcharged the Army $13 million for helicopter parts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… about $13 million for Apache and Chinook helicopter parts, according to a Pentagon inspector general report obtained by the Project on Government Oversight.T …"

"… ent and future Boeing orders with its own inventory, but that there are no Pentagon policies compelling the use of inventory rather than making outside purcha …"

"… inventory rather than making outside purchases.Boeing, the second largest Pentagon contractor in fiscal year 2010, overcharged the Corpus Christi Army Depot …"

"… used as the Air Force bought the same parts from outside contractors.While Pentagon policy encourages exhausting internal inventory before turning to an outsi …"

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