Governors and oil industry work hand in hand in offshore drilling group

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Lobbying firm, advocacy organization did much of the work.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… $1.4 million over the past decade, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Jindal’s office …"

"… enter for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Jindal’s office did not respond to an interview request or to question …"

U.S. companies supply eavesdropping gear to Central Asian autocrats

By Julia Harte

Surveillance gear generally falls outside U.S. export controls.

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… reement for defense trade and cooperation at the beginning of 2014. A spokesman at the Israeli embassy in Washington did not have any immediate comment.&n …"

PR firm busts disclosure deadline while representing Burkina Faso

By Carrie Levine

CD Global Strategies took months — instead of 10 days — to inform the Justice Department of its work for Burkina Faso.

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… s back to CD Global Strategies. In an emailed statement, Marc Raimondi, a spokesman for the Department of Justice, said the agency has a long-standing policy …"

Crossroads GPS' cash plummeted in 2013

By Carrie Levine

Conservative nonprofit's income drop coincided with a non-election year.

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

"… spending a combined $176.4 million on the 2012 elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Roughly $70 million of that was spent by Crossroads GPS. The groups’ mo …"

Grover Norquist nonprofit funded pro-Republican women’s group

By Michael Beckel

Conservative-leaning Independent Women's Voice got 13 percent of its revenue last year from Americans for Tax Reform, new documents show.

Congress' never-ending political money chase

By Dave Levinthal

Congressional lawmakers are hard at work raising campaign cash in D.C. as lame duck session begins.

Slow start to Landrieu's runoff campaign

By Dave Levinthal

Louisiana's incumbent U.S. senator goes dark as runoff opponent Bill Cassidy airs hundreds of post-Election Day TV ads

Nuclear weapons lab used taxpayer funds to obtain more taxpayer funds

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A government auditor uncovers a textbook case of lobbying by a contractor at federal expense.

Excerpts from this story referencing "official":

"… ” Klotz said. Data reporter Alex Cohen contributed to this article. …"

"… s top auditor has asserted in a riveting new report that the firm, and top officials that helped it operate the Sandia nuclear weapons labs in Albuquerque, ap …"

"… obbyists — including former members of Congress — to meet with federal officials, lawmakers and others who can help orchestrate a new, even richer federal …"

"… p;against the law for contractors to use taxpayer dollars to lobby federal officials, it's galling that in this particular case, the contractor is using taxpa …"

Poorly rated nursing homes got HUD-guaranteed mortgages anyway

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Hundreds of poorly rated facilities received mortgage guarantees.

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

"… w-cost, HUD-backed mortgages worth close to $2.5 billion, according to the Center for Public Integrity’s analysis of loan and ratings data.  Even though HUD restructured …"

Prison banker cuts fees after Center report

By Daniel Wagner

A prison financial services company cut the fees it charges inmates' families after Center report on high costs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Indiana":

"… ee deposit option for families of more than 100,000 people incarcerated in Indiana, Ohio and Oklahoma. The move comes after a Center for Public Integrity re …"

"… blic relations manager sometime in the past two weeks. A spokesman for the Indiana Department of Corrections also confirmed the change. Spokesmen for the Ohi …"

Koch-backed nonprofit raised $44 million in 2013

By Michael Beckel

ObamaCare-bashing Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, raised $44 million in 2013.

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

"… — both records for a non-election year for the group — according to a Center for Public Integrity review of recently filed tax documents. By contrast, in 2011, the group …"

"… red more than 28,000 TV ads in contested U.S. Senate races, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of data provided by Kantar Media/CMAG, a firm that tracks political …"

"… ty raised a whopping $115 million and spent more than $122 million, as the Center for Public Integrity first reported. This year, it reportedly planned to spend $125 million. …"

Juvenile facilities strive to foster ‘family engagement’

States adopt programs to involve families in rehabilitation of young offenders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… families, critics complain that too much of the juvenile justice system in America is still beset by harsh conditions, violence and widespread use of solitar …"

Gillespie's rich friends leave him hanging

By Carrie Levine

Consummate GOP insider Ed Gillespie nearly wins Virginia Senate seat, no thanks to his deep-pocketed friends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… is bid was universally hailed as a long shot. No one, though, thought the American Crossroads co-founder, former Republican National Committee chairman and ex-lobbyist …"

"… ndividual,” Leach said, adding, “I wish that Ed had had more help.” American Crossroads and its related nonprofit, Crossroads GPS, stayed out of the race entirely …"

"… major political donor, gave more to other groups, including $2 million to American Crossroads, because Arkansas was one of Crossroads’ prime target states, he said. …"

"… him. Stephens said he won’t second-guess why outside groups, including American Crossroads, didn’t put money into the Virginia Senate race. Still, “when you hav …"

GOP rides cavalry to U.S. Senate majority

By Michael Beckel, Dave Levinthal and Carrie Levine

Super PACs, 'dark money' nonprofits help make Election Day difference as Republicans seize a U.S. Senate majority

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… on funding has changed since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010. Democrats, who enjoyed a six-seat Senate majority going i …"

"… ber, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of filings with the Federal Election Commission. Yet all outside groups active in Colorado had reported spending about $5 …"

Election 2014 by the numbers

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights key facts about the most expensive midterm in history.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… state-level and U.S. Senate races that have mentioned President Barack Obama or the Obamacare health care reform law: 445,000 Minimum number of pro-Hi …"

'Banking Caucus' member aims for Senate

By Alison Fitzgerald

Republican candidate for Senate U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito defends little banks but big banks benefit too.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Consumer Financial Protection Bureau":

"… ntinued. Luetkemeyer has proposed several bills to limit the power of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the new consumer regulator created by Dodd-Frank, which he blames for rai …"

NATO suddenly classifies ratings of Afghan military and police capabilities

By Julia Harte

NATO abruptly classifies assessments of Afghan army and police, which the U.S. spent billions building up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraqi Army":

"… d 2013. His April 2008 quarterly report noted that attrition rates for the Iraqi Army were around 3.6 percent per month — but he also cited Defense Department …"

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 "Rick Scott":

"… pinion against Medicaid expansion,” a policy endorsed by Republican Gov. Rick Scott following the passage of the Democrat-backed Affordable Care Act. Politic …"

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 "Ukraine":

"… a team paid $150,000 by a Russian bank to lobby on U.S. sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, according to a new disclosure their firm has filed with the U.S. S …"

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 "Jacob Lew":

"… w questions from Capitol Hill. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew sent Oct. 3, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked how Treasury can protect …"

California coverage plan for undocumented echoes earlier call by Schwarzenegger

By Wendell Potter

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

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 "Houston":

"… nt months in a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-run shelter in Houston, Texas, after her detention. Then she was transferred to a foster family i …"

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 "Jacob Lew":

"… or comment. In the letter, which was addressed to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Grassley asks Treasury to detail all payments by Treasury and DOJ to Bank …"

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 "Iraq":

"… ifficulty tapping into the huge pool of armaments fueling the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, supplied not only by the world’s big powers but also by up-an …"

"… supplies, including small arms, to rebel groups in Syria and to a revived Iraqi Army force. “We faced an enormous [monitoring] challenge when we, in e …"

"… “We faced an enormous [monitoring] challenge when we, in effect, owned Iraq and had many bases where we could do this type of training,“ said Joseph …"

"… peatedly identified shortcomings in controlling the use of U.S. weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I don’t know how we’re going to do it securely in …"

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 "Environment":

"… arby residents. This gap can be traced to decisions Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made decades ago, when oil and gas producers lobbied h …"

"… rney Patricia Robertson, the Environmental crimes prosecutor for the Texas Environmental Enforcement Task Force, has been frustrated for years because the federa …"

"… Robertson said. James Langhorne, chief operating officer of Inland Environmental, a disposal facility south of Houston, bristles when he hears criticism …"

"… 70 co-sponsors are Democrats, and the bill is stuck in the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. “I don’t expect it will be an easy fight, but it’s …"

Inside the virtual tollbooth at many U.S. prisons

By Daniel Wagner, Eleanor Bell and Sarah Whitmire

How Reporters Dan Wagner and Eleanor Bell investigated a fee structure that's oppressive for many inmates' families.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Consumer Financial Protection Bureau":

"… s like the way JPay makes it nearly impossible to send money for free: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Communications Commission. Neither of them wanted to talk …"

Prison bankers cash in on captive customers

By Daniel Wagner

Private company profits by helping prisons squeeze inmates' families for cash.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wal-Mart":

"… d spend “hours on the phone with a grandmother, talking about her day at Wal-Mart.” He says he feels trapped by the structure of the industry he has come …"

12 things to know about who’s trying to influence your vote in 2014

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

If you watch TV you've seen an unbelievable number of political ads asking for your vote. Do you know who is paying for those ads, and why?

McAuliffe names panel to reform Virginia’s ethics laws

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Governor cites Center’s State Integrity Investigation in announcing new initiative.

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… ility to make changes,” rests with lawmakers. In an email, Brian Coy, a spokesman for McAuliffe, said the governor plans to introduce legislation next year …"

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