Deadbeat politicos outrun federal enforcers

By Dave Levinthal

Sharpton, Gingrich committees among dozens that owe taxpayers money.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States Senate":

"… did in 2005, the year after the FEC fined his “Honest Abe Hirschfeld for United States Senate” committee more than $105,000 for six separate campaign finance violatio …"

Senate transparency push gets new GOP allies

By Michael Beckel

A bipartisan group of lawmakers will soon introduce a bill requiring Senate candidates to electronically file campaign finance documents.

National donors pick winners in state elections

By Ben Wieder, Kytja Weir, Reity O'Brien and Rachel Baye

Two giant D.C.-based players dominated political giving in 2014 state-level elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maryland":

"… ourse, and a lack of funds doesn’t necessarily foretell a loss. In Maryland’s governor’s race, former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, a Democrat, outraise …"

"… g to Todd Eberly, a political science professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. And because Hogan accepted public funds for his campaign, he was limited …"

Health insurers watch profits soar as they dump small business customers

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: profits soar while they dump small business customers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Anthem":

"… le. Health Net’s share price has increased 224 percent since March 2010. Anthem’s is up 238 percent over the same time period.  Aetna’s 290 perce …"

Thank you and farewell

By Bill Buzenberg

Bill Buzenburg on his eight years as Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity

Obama's EPA breaks pledge to divorce politics from science on toxic chemicals

By David Heath

To the delight of industry, the EPA is completing fewer chemical assessments than ever before.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maryland":

"… his vital program once and for all,” said Rena Steinzor, a University of Maryland law professor who closely follows the EPA’s chemical assessment program. …"

"… , the EPA has published only four chemical assessments. The University of Maryland’s Steinzor, an expert in scientific integrity, testified before Congress …"

Romney's top fundraisers consider bailing

By Carrie Levine

As the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee considers another bid, Jeb Bush and other 2016 hopefuls try to poach top fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Haley Barbour":

"… n Mississippi and nephew of prominent lobbyist and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, was a member of Romney’s 2012 strategy and national finance t …"

Standard and Poor's enforcement falls short

By Jared Bennett

The SEC levied fines and a one-year ban on credit rating titan S&P but did not address key issues identified in a Center report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… ee to improve its internal controls environment, according to the SEC. …"

Complaint against New York Speaker highlights issues raised by Center project

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Charges against Silver highlight problems cited in Center probe.

Yellowstone spill contaminates drinking water with carcinogen benzene

By Jim Morris

Authorities found the chemical, a component of crude oil, in drinking water downstream of an oil spill in Montana's Yellowstone River.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… that has killed countless workers and contaminated communities around the United States, is back in the news. Authorities found the chemical at elevated levels i …"

IRS rarely audits nonprofits for politicking

By Julie Patel

New documents show the federal tax agency almost never audits nonprofit groups for illegal politicking.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… ns,” said Mark Everson, a former IRS commissioner appointed by President George W. Bush. “I would imagine there is a real slowdown getting issues resolved becau …"

12 ways 'Citizens United' has changed politics

By Michael Beckel and Jared Bennett

Here are 12 stories that illuminate the ways 'Citizens United' has changed the political landscape.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… A million-dollar donation in 2012 by a Canadian-owned corporation to a pro-Mitt Romney super PAC sparked legal concerns and opened up the Citizens United decisio …"

"… s, like those in 2012 that aided President Barack Obama and his GOP rival, Mitt Romney. The 2014 election cycle brought on the newest iteration: the single-issue …"

States continue war over Obamacare

By Fred Schulte

State lawmakers at odds over hundreds of bills to either cripple or prop up Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… in, who said he runs the 10th Amendment Center from the living room of his Los Angeles apartment. Though he concedes detractors label his group as “crazies, …"

"… 4, federal health officials announced $60 million in navigator grants. The Los Angeles Times reported in January 2014 that California’s exchange had …"

High court appears divided over whether judicial candidates can ask for cash

By Reity O'Brien

U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments over rights of judges to seek contributions; case could undo limits in 30 states

Excerpts from this story referencing "member":

"… rguments presented on behalf of Williams-Yulee. Justice Clarence Thomas, a member of the court’s more conservative-leaning bloc, did not ask any questions …"

Leaked report says World Bank violated own rules in Ethiopia

By Sasha Chavkin

Leaked report links World Bank project to mass resettlement campaign that is alleged to include beatings, rape and death.

U.S. Supreme Court to rule on judicial campaign contributions

By Reity O'Brien

Florida free speech case before U.S. Supreme Court could overturn 30 states' bans on judicial candidates asking for campaign donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minnesota":

"… s majority opinion in the 2002 ruling on The Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, which allowed judicial candidates to publicly share their opinio …"

Selling out for big business: business as usual on Capitol Hill

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: upcoming Obamacare bills benefit corporations, not regular folks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… in: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans and Obamacare: What’s in It for M …"

Why industry is trying to tell you how to think

By Erin Quinn, Chris Young and Kimberley Porteous

How we investigated the top message peddlers influencing public policy — and why you should care.

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Francisco":

"… erican Beverage Association, it played out most recently in California, in San Francisco and Berkeley, both those cities were asking voters whether they favored or …"

"… they favored or opposed taxes on sugary drinks. On Election Day, voters in San Francisco rejected a soda-tax ballot measure, but a similar tax ended up passing in …"

President favors cities offering broadband service

By Alison Fitzgerald and Allan Holmes

President to come out against state laws that prohibit cities from offering broadband service to citizens.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Time Warner Cable":

"… ithout a fight. Telecommunications giants including Comcast, AT&T and Time Warner Cable have spent millions of dollars to lobby state legislatures, influence …"

Who needs lobbyists? See what big business spends to win American minds

By Erin Quinn and Chris Young

Trade groups pay top PR, advertising firms $1.2 billion over five years to influence public.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coca-Cola":

"… ncluding CTIA and the American Beverage Association, whose members include Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. From 2009 through 2012, the wireless association paid GMMB $ …"

There are 153 presidential candidates running

By Dave Levinthal

Amid the 'undecided' Romneys and Bushes, a gaggle of unknowns has formally filed paperwork to run for president.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… s this: Potential candidates with any semblance of support have, in a post-Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission political environment, discarded the traditional playbook for ea …"

Center’s Medicare Advantage Money Grab series wins Meyer Journalism Award

By William Gray

Center’s ground-breaking Medicare Advantage investigation named first-place winner of the 2014 Philip Meyer Journalism Award.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Journalism":

"… ng by private Medicare plans has been awarded the prestigious Philip Meyer Journalism Award for social science reporting.  The series, Medicare Advan …"

"… program of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Missouri School of Journalism) and the Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journ …"

"… and Editors and the Missouri School of Journalism) and the Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Ari …"

"… alism) and the Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. The prize honors Phil …"

Liberal ‘dark money’ group could face IRS fine

By Michael Beckel

Union-backed Pennsylvanians for Accountability could face IRS fine after failing to file a mandatory tax return.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… rofits have been increasingly active in elections, thanks, in part, to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010, which a …"

Guess who's behind 2015's first super PAC?

By Michael Beckel

Curiously, it’s not the anticipated group backing a Jeb Bush presidential run.

State politics findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

What you need to know about the money behind state-level offices.

Broadband findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

The Center's best stories about the telecommunications industry from 2014.

Excerpts from this story referencing "information technology":

"… blic Integrity began investigating the political power of companies in the information technology industry in late 2013. Here are some of the most interesting findings tha …"

Finance findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

How big financial institutions profit off homeowners, investors and consumers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida Supreme Court":

"… losure procedures. The system, the Center found, includes practices that a Florida Supreme Court judge labeled "improper" and often leaves homeowners stuck with debt and …"

Environment stories you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

We spent 2014 combing through legislation, documents and emissions data to investigate how big companies put people at risk.

Health care findings you may have missed in 2014

By The Center for Public Integrity

$70 billion in "improper" Medicare Advantage payments and the problem shared by 80 percent of nursing homes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… ons. Keep reading …"

"… ar. If you weren't aware, you might have missed $70 billion in "improper" Medicare Advantage payments and the problem shared by 80 percent of all nursing hom …"

"…   1. $70 billion in 'improper' payments A Center investigation into Medicare Advantage uncovered how $70 billion in "improper" payments have been made …"

"… vantage uncovered how $70 billion in "improper" payments have been made to Medicare Advantage plans from 2008 to 2013. Most of these improper payments can be …"

Federal politics findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

Were you paying attention? Here are some of the major money-in-politics stories the Center helped bring to light in 2014.

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