‘Dr. Evil’ fuels dogfight between AKC, Humane Society

By John Dunbar and Erin Quinn

Public relations pro, food industry behind website, ads blasting Humane Society.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charles G. Koch":

"… s is chaired by billionaire industrialist and conservative political donor Charles G. Koch. Pacelle said the Humane Society goes after “institutionalized cruel …"

Lobbying activity declines among top special interests

By Dave Levinthal

Three-fifths of nation's top 100 lobbying entities spent less on influence in the second quarter compared to a year ago.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Communications":

"… illion from $3.2 million), AT&T Inc. ($3.8 million from $3.7 million), Verizon Communications ($3.5 million from $3.3 million), CTIA-The Wireless Association ($2.2 mill …"

Saving the penny makes cents for zinc-backed front group

By Erin Quinn

'Broad-based' group created to save the penny from extinction turns out to be backed by a company that supplies metal to make the coins.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… d by industry. For example, advertisements placed by the “Coalition for Medicare Choices” on buses, in subway trains and on Washington TV stations warn t …"

"… is “preserving and strengthening the high quality coverage options that Medicare Advantage plans provide,” and features pictures of smiling senior citize …"

Get involved: Help judges' disclosures investigation go further with donations and news tips

Join us in finding cases where ruling judges may have had a conflict.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… to our email newsletter or following us on Facebook or Twitter. What we've found so far The Center found 26 examples since 2010 where …"

Chemical industry among big spenders on lobbying this quarter

By Dave Levinthal

New numbers indicate it's still good to be a lobbyist in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "ExxonMobil":

"… rests and defense contractors, such as Northrop Grumman, General Electric, ExxonMobil, Chevron Corp., Edison Electric Institute, BP and American Electrical Powe …"

Name calling won't silence investigative reporting

By Bill Buzenberg

How a Verizon flack's tweet clinched more readers for our wireless investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "wireless":

"… nance, was working on an investigation into corporate concentration in the wireless communications industry. Not surprisingly, the biggest firms are seeking t …"

"… t surprisingly, the biggest firms are seeking to gain even more control of wireless spectrum. Holmes, who joined the Center from Bloomberg News, naturally sou …"

"… sults in fewer dropped calls and connections. Good spectrum is crucial for wireless companies to attract customers who are sending an ever-increasing amount o …"

"… ame the hottest item on our website. Thank you, Verizon. Although the big wireless companies don’t like it, the accuracy of our reporting has not been call …"

Tea party operative likely behind mysterious web blitz

By Daniel Wagner

The campaign against government crackdown on online payday lenders is likely created by a consultant to Sen. Ted Cruz.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bob McDonnell":

"… iously worked for Florida Gov. Rick Scott, another tea party favorite, and Bob McDonnell, the former Virginia governor who was indicted last month on federal corru …"

The mysterious online war against a payday lending crackdown

By Daniel Wagner

Anonymous group called "Stop the Choke" says Obama crackdown on illegal online payments is "destroying the free market."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… Stop the Choke,” takes a less public approach. Its website, Facebook and Twitter accounts accuse the government of threatening a vast range of Web-based co …"

"… rs’ identity. There is no “about” section on the website. The site, Twitter account and Facebook page include no names, addresses or phone numbers. Th …"

"… or, and we don’t know who set it up.” A public request for comment on Twitter this month did not receive a response. Numerous trade groups representing …"

Netflix stacking deck on Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

'House of Cards' distributor is accelerating its own political efforts in Washington.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bob Goodlatte":

"… al committees. Recipients include the campaign and leadership PAC of Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.; the leadership PAC of Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt.; and the Democratic Co …"

Pop-up pro-Clinton group fades after scrutiny

By Michael Beckel

Pro-Clinton super PAC linked to man sought by investigator regarding financial problems.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… r him," said Mike Pirouzian, the private investigator. "He's hiding." The Center for Public Integrity first highlighted the Gibsons’ connection to the pro-Clinton super PAC i …"

Authorities block online access to ICIJ's exposé of Chinese elite's offshore holdings

Chinese authorities moved aggressively to block online access to ICIJ news reports.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… ine domestic content and blocks foreign social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook, but the broad news blackout targeting so many international …"

By the numbers: a 2013 money-in-politics index

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights the year's top stories and key trends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… nges next year: 7 Number of Senate and House candidates the anti-tax Club for Growth has already endorsed: 5 Number of votes Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mi …"

White House stays mum on troubles with election regulator

By The Center for Public Integrity

Report unearthed numerous problems at the Federal Election Commission.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… aign finance and elections matters for the White House, has been active on Twitter lately. He's even tweeted about hacking threats, although it had nothing t …"

How Washington starves its election watchdog

By Dave Levinthal

Agency hamstrung by political bickering, case backlogs, staff departures — even Chinese hackers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… ourt largely upheld the law the following year despite a challenge by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a fervent opponent of campaign contribution limits, and like-minde …"

Lobbying dips overall, but the beat goes on for guns, drugs and agriculture

By Dave Levinthal

But third-quarter expenditures are down for many special interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… rm Lockheed Martin and telecom giant Verizon Communications. FedEx Corp., Koch Industries, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Ford Motor Co., Visa Inc. and the American P …"

Government shutdown shrinks FEC to just four employees

By Dave Levinthal

Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub details how government shutdown is affecting her agency.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… herefore, has prompted some agency observers to chide the FEC on Twitter, joking that the government shutdown will mimick the status quo. …"

Pro-Clinton super PAC creators have dubious pasts

By Michael Beckel

People behind pro-Clinton super PAC have histories of legal troubles and bankruptcy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… e, TimeforHillary.com. In his late twenties, Gibson originally hails from Louisiana, according to voter registration records that also indicate he’s a Democ …"

Booker supports e-filing in theory, not in practice

By Michael Beckel

Cory Booker supports an e-filing requirement for campaign finance reports, but he still opts for paper.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… same set of rules.” Booker, who has more than 1.4 million followers on Twitter, gained notoriety for regularly responding to — and aiding — constitue …"

Giffords' gun group to return Midler foundation donation

By Michael Beckel

Bette Midler's family foundation broke rule banning charities from giving to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pat Toomey":

"… ed the bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa. And after that bill failed to clear a Republican-led filibuster in …"

GOP leadership PACs boost American Future Fund

By Michael Beckel

Republican senators steered donations to a nonprofit group touting their GOP colleague in May.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… rican Future Fund was first noted by the New York Times’ Derek Willis on Twitter. Since it was created in 2008, the American Future Fund has become one of …"

OPINION: an outbreak of bipartisanship

By Wendell Potter

Republicans, Democrats work together to expand Medicaid.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jase Bolger":

"… ’d been proud to be a state rep. And this from Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger: “This is a great example of cooperation in Lansing leading to the resol …"

All the presidents' debt

By Dave Levinthal

Gaggle of former White House hopefuls still owe creditors millions of dollars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… bout $647,500. Other vendors waiting for Gingrich to pay them back include Twitter (nearly $13,000 for a media buy), Herman Cain Solutions (more than $16,500 …"

Continuing our investigation into the trillion-dollar world of offshore tax havens

By Bill Buzenberg

Our investigation into the previously secret world of tax havens from the British Virgin Islands to Singapore continues throughout 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… to stories about ICIJ’s reports, which have become known in shorthand on Twitter and in many news outlets simply as “Offshore Leaks.” The reaction has …"

How much do you value longform watchdog journalism?

By Bill Buzenberg

How important is it to you to continue to find out about abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… influence of money. Here’s a selection of what some of you had to say on Twitter: Sometimes our independent judiciary doesn't look so independent bit.ly/ …"

OPINION: Disarming the ATF

By Rob Tornoe

A cartoon by Rob Tornoe

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… ork pop up on publicintegrity.org, our Facebook page and on Twitter. Tornoe also draws cartoons for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The P …"

"… Philadelphia NPR affiliate WHYY, among others. You can follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, too. …"

Barack Obama

The odd debts presidential candidates still owe

By Dave Levinthal

Race car drivers, student newspapers and Twitter among White House hopefuls' curious creditors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Edwards":

"… ebt before closing shop. Others, from Republican Rudy Giuliani to Democrat John Edwards, simply let it ride, offering no indication that they'll ever cl …"

FACT CHECK: Facing facts on fiscal cliff

By FactCheck.Org

How did the U.S. reach a 'fiscal cliff' and what does it mean?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… uraging people to “keep the conversation going online” on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #My2K.The White House construction is accurate, but very …"

Issa committee accused of making 'sham' campaign ad

By Rachael Marcus

House oversight committee releases anti-Obama ad that's not an ad; watchdogs cry foul.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… o the committee’s YouTube channel on Friday. It has made its way through Twitter and conservative blogs over the weekend.“Spend like he says, not like he …"

Mystery firm is election's top corporate donor at $5.3 million

By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien

Supreme Court decision paves way for $75 million in corporate donations to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… 2012 election, follow our Source2012 Tumblr and the hashtag #Source2012 on Twitter. …"

OPINION: Democratic process

By Rob Tornoe

A cartoon by Rob Tornoe

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… ork pop up on publicintegrity.org, our Facebook page and on Twitter. Tornoe also draws cartoons for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The P …"

"… Philadelphia NPR affiliate WHYY, among others. You can follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, too. …"

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