Pennsylvania congressman launches frack waste investigation

By David Hasemyer and Zahra Hirji

Congressman Matt Cartwright, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, is asking state officials to review environmental exemptions for fracking waste.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… reports indicate there are big gaps in protections and oversight that the federal government might have to fill." Fracking, the process of blasting a cocktail of wate …"

Mega-donors give big to state candidates

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien and Ben Wieder

More than two dozen donors have given at least $1 million to state-level campaigns ahead of Nov. 4.

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

"… han 19 times the country’s median household income. According to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of state records collected by the nonpartisan National Institute …"

"… e independently from candidates’ official campaigns, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of data from media tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG. But man …"

Flush with mystery money, Kentucky nonprofit haunts Grimes’ Senate bid

By Michael Beckel

Formerly modest nonprofit becomes deep-pocketed, dark money benefactor of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lobbyist":

"… a tremendous amount of legs in its early years,” said David Mast, a lobbyist who served on its board of directors when it first launched. But its curr …"

Another whistleblower suit alleges Medicare Advantage fraud

By Fred Schulte

California litigation alleges 'house calls" yielded false claims

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… ons that several Medicare Advantage plans allegedly used to overcharge the federal government by $1 billion or more. The suit was filed by Anita Silingo, a former comp …"

Power shifts to outsiders in U.S. Senate fight

By Michael Beckel

Battle for control determined in large part by big-spending super PACs and nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… enate-focused TV ads that have so far aired in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshir …"

Corporations, advocacy groups spend big on ballot measures

By Liz Essley Whyte

Corporations and national advocacy groups are throwing big dollars behind TV ads before voters decide 158 state ballot measures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… ing clubs, is trailing behind, with only about $58,000 spent. In North Dakota, the Nature Conservancy and the Audubon Society, among others, have lent t …"

"… ould dedicate some of the state’s oil tax revenues to land preservation. North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks has ponied up nearly $485,400 for ad …"

Pennsylvania super PAC gets 'dark money' infusion

By Michael Beckel

Nonprofit Green Orchard Inc. is listed as the sole donor to new Prosperity for Pennsylvania super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… with “dark money,” according to a new campaign finance filing with the Federal Election Commission. The sole donor to Prosperity for Pennsylvania is listed as nonprofit Gre …"

Ex-senators Breaux and Lott confirm lobbying for Russian bank on Ukraine sanctions

By Alexander Cohen

A new filing says two former senators were part of a team that earned $150,000 for roughly a month of work.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lobbyist":

"… ormer senators. The new filing confirms that Breaux and Lott “acted as a lobbyist” on issues related to sanctions, but also states that they “are no lon …"

"… sanctions, but also states that they “are no longer expected to act as a lobbyist” for the bank. Gazprombank is Russia’s third largest bank. On July 16 …"

"… financing with U.S. institutions. Lott and Breaux were listed as the main lobbyists in that initial lobbying registration. The new disclosure covers the peri …"

GAO takes on Medicare Advantage spending

By Fred Schulte

GAO will investigate program spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Miami":

"… dicare Advantage insurers are stacking up in federal courts. In one case, Miami physician Olivia Graves alleged that a Humana-affiliated clinic had diagno …"

Bloomberg helps Democratic governors' group close gap on Republicans

By Ben Wieder

The Republican Governors Association is outpacing its Democratic counterpart but Democrats are catching up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "mayor":

"… of more than $45 million, fueled by labor unions and former New York City mayor, billionaire and political independent, Michael Bloomberg. The groups wer …"

Gubernatorial hopefuls outspend U.S. Senate candidates

By Rachel Baye

Thirty-six seats are at stake in the U.S. Senate and 36 governorships are also up for election on Nov. 4.

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

"… with our ad trackers for state-level offices and the U.S. Senate. Source: Center for Public Integrity analysis of preliminary data through Oct. 13 from Kantar Media/CMAG …"

Center report spurs investigation of Bank of America, JPMorgan prison deals

By Daniel Wagner

No-bid contracts with Bank of America and JPMorgan under government scrutiny after Center report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… nbsp;to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew sent Oct. 3, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked how Treasury can protect taxpayers from fraud and conflicts of inte …"

A call for more scrutiny of private Medicare Advantage plans

By Fred Schulte

Researchers say aggressive billing by private plans may require more scrutiny

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare Advantage":

"… s need to do a better job ferreting out billing errors and overpayments to Medicare Advantage plans — mistakes which are estimated to cost taxpayers billions of dolla …"

"… that seem to diagnose much higher-than-expected rates of patient illness. Medicare Advantage plans that have been “significantly more aggressive than average in repo …"

"… group, spent nearly $5 million lobbying on a variety of issues, including Medicare Advantage, from January through June of 2014, according to the Senate records. But …"

"… least three whistleblower lawsuits pending in federal courts have accused Medicare Advantage plans of “upcoding” by overstating how sick patients are to boost prof …"

Suit against Kern County schools alleges disproportionate discipline for minorities

By Susan Ferriss

Litigation follows Center pieces highlighting harsh discipline for minorities.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kern High School District":

"… ges, officials “have failed to take any effective action to require that Kern High School District develop and implement discipline and school assignment plans that ameliora …"

"… ity that is based in Oakland. The suit was filed against the 35,000-pupil Kern High School District, California’s second largest high school district. Its student body is 6 …"

"… , the district’s public information and communications manager, said the Kern High School District “cannot comment on pending litigation.” In September 2013, Mike Zulfa, …"

"… our expulsion rate over the past three years.” But the suit accuses the Kern High School District of failing to comply with new state discipline policies and adopt alternat …"

California coverage plan for undocumented echoes earlier call by Schwarzenegger

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: former governor supported plan allowing coverage for undocumented residents.

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

"… health foundation that supports community-based organizations — and the Center for Public Integrity as well — found that 54 percent of voters favor allowing undocumented re …"

'These families are not victims:' readers react to our prison bankers investigation

By Sarah Whitmire

While some readers were grateful for our reporting on prison bankers, others were far from sympathetic.

FEC's top Democrat takes show on road

By Dave Levinthal

Vice Chairwoman Ann Ravel will criss-cross the country in bid to boost her agency's profile and tout merits of disclosure.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ned to comment on her travels. …"

"… at aligns FEC regulations with the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. (A similar measure addressing the more recent McCutcheon v. Fede …"

"… sion decision. (A similar measure addressing the more recent McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision passed unanimously — with the understanding that the FEC will c …"

Secretive groups spend millions to influence state elections

By Reity O'Brien

Nonprofits hit TV airwaves with attacks on state-level candidates, gaining traction since the U.S. Supreme Court 'Citizens United' decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… ps have had to disclose their donors. In North Carolina and Georgia, for example, some of these groups airing political ads have revealed thei …"

Money talks: Key dollar amounts behind the TV ad wars in state elections

By Rachel Baye and Kytja Weir

More than 6,300 state offices are at stake this election. See who is trying to shape the message in the top races.

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

"… with our ad trackers for state-level offices and the U.S. Senate. Source: Center for Public Integrity analysis of preliminary data through Oct. 6 from Kantar Media/CMAG   …"

Democrats seize air supremacy in Senate battlegrounds

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Liberals aired more TV ads last week than their conservative foils in seven of the nine top Senate battlegrounds races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… oved particularly dominant in the U.S. Senate races being waged in Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan, where they bested Republicans by sponsoring hundr …"

A life-and-death struggle for asylum in America

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Teens' tortured road to asylum in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Miami":

"… lum officer. But Christopher Manny, a former asylum officer in Chicago and Miami, explained the constraints of the law. “As traumatic as it is seeing yo …"

Sunshine state uses fees to prevent sun from shining on judicial records

By Alison Fitzgerald

In Florida, a court is charging massive fees for some public records.

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

"… rest. We are still awaiting records from several other districts. …"

"… added, without including estimates of staffer hours and hourly rates. The Center for Public Integrity refused to pay the amount, arguing that the fees were excessive. Charging …"

"… o has tried to get similar records from other Florida counties.  The Center for Public Integrity on July 15 requested documents related to how judges in the county were di …"

"… er the state implemented a new plan to cut a backlog of pending cases. The Center for Public Integrity's report on Florida foreclosures found that many judges were rushing cases …"

New air monitor planned for heavily fracked South Texas county

By Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

After a Center and InsideClimate News investigation, Texas regulators say they'll put an air monitor in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale.

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

"… ficulties and other health problems. In February, an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel showed that the TCEQ knows alm …"

"… their operations. This article is part of an ongoing investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and InsideClimate News into air emissions created during oil and gas …"

Senator questions Bank of America’s no-bid prison deal

By Daniel Wagner

After a Center report, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, says Bank of America's no-bid prison banking deal "raises significant questions"

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… in all federal prisons. In a letter sent Friday, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Treasury how the deal can protect taxpayers from fraud and conflict …"

Investigators find Islamic State used ammo made in 21 countries, including America

By Julia Harte and R. Jeffrey Smith

A new report from an arms tracking group highlights how easily munitions shipped to the Middle East shift from one owner to another.

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

"… xports. But Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work told the Center for Public Integrity on Sept. 30 that these measures are still being developed. Joshua M. Paul, …"

Controversial Republican telemarketer forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Gabriel S. Joseph III's past political efforts include an anti-Obama spam text message campaign that prompted legal complaints.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… for providing clients with aggressive robocall services. Ahead of the 2007 Iowa caucuses, the National Review reported the firm did work both for Mitt Rom …"

"… also been paid for work on behalf of clients including Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa; Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas; the Republican Party of Alaska; the Nationa …"

Center wins 2014 Online Journalism Award for 'General Excellence'

By Gita Miller

Online News Association recognizes Center's digital efforts with award for 'General Excellence.'

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

"… ok at other projects that have been recognized, visit our Awards page. …"

Megabanks have prison financial services market locked up

By Daniel Wagner

Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase & Co. avoid competitive bidding process in contracts serving federal prisoners.

Excerpts from this story referencing "inspector":

"… untability Office, federal appeals court judges and the department’s own inspector general. Treasury has said the selection process is competitive enough and …"

"… st, schedule and performance expectations.” Most recently, Treasury’s inspector general last spring criticized oversight of a program to deliver federal b …"

"… federal benefits on debit cards issued by Dallas-based Comerica Bank. The inspector general found that officials had failed to keep tabs on fees charged to co …"

Open pits offer cheap disposal for fracking sludge, but health worries mount

By David Hasemyer and Zahra Hirji

Air emissions from oil and gas waste are among the least regulated, least monitored and least understood components of the fracking boom.

Excerpts from this story referencing "mayor":

"… : Are we doing what’s best for the students?” Along with Nordheim’s mayor and other angry residents, Wilson is trying to stop the 204-acre facility, …"

"… the corner from Oralia’s beauty shop to begin another uneventful day as mayor of Nordheim, population 307. After settling into her worn leather chair, …"

Eyeballs burn in North Carolina, Iowa ahead of U.S. Senate elections

By Michael Beckel

Last week, North Carolina, Iowa residents saw three political ads focused on contentious Senate elections every five minutes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… very five minutes. That’s what television viewers in North Carolina and Iowa endured last week — and those are just the ads targeting the states’ h …"

"… andidate political groups aired about 6,200 ads each in North Carolina and Iowa from Tuesday, Sept. 23, through Monday, Sept. 29, according to a Center fo …"

"… en a target for Republicans eager to oust Senate Democrats from power. In Iowa, meanwhile, a contentious open-seat race has more recently emerged in the …"

"… beral rivals in terms of ads aired during the final week of September. In Iowa, Ernst and groups supporting her Senate bid aired about 3,500 ads, or abou …"

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