Congressman defends payday lending industry

By Daniel Wagner

Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., featured in Center investigation on the 'banking caucus.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… wmakers on the Financial Services Committee. The members work closely with Washington’s 2,000 financial lobbyists, writing letters, proposing industry-friendl …"

Most senators wait to take e-filing leap

By Michael Beckel

Only a slice of the Senate has opted to e-file campaign finance documents as members debate mandating the practice.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… ee, as the watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington previously noted. Tester spokeswoman Marnee Banks said she was "hopeful" …"

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 "Washington":

"… t in service. …"

"… Common Cents is not a registered nonprofit, nor is it a business entity in Washington, D.C. In fact, it really only exists on paper and in cyberspace. ACC has t …"

"… he worked at B&D Consulting and, more recently, Dentons. These days, Washington reporters and policymakers can barely fire up their email without being be …"

"… Sloan, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit watchdog group. Sloan also believes the number of front grou …"

Praise for UK-style health system vindicates spurned nominee

By Wendell Potter

Former Medicare chief's support for UK's health care system may win votes in race for governor of Massachusetts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… he might be tempted to send an “I told you so” note to a few folks in Washington. …"

25 years, countless investigations and 935 lies

By Charles Lewis

Founder Chuck Lewis tells how the Center for Public Integrity came to be in this excerpt from his new book.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… ng for an organization dedicated to digging deep beneath the smarminess of Washington’s daily-access journalism into the actual records and documents few repo …"

"… gative journalism.” The Center for Public Integrity was incorporated in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 1989, and months later the IRS approved its tax exempt …"

"… d a consulting contract with ABC News to open its first office in downtown Washington, D.C. (My home was required as collateral on the lease.) The issue of per …"

"… ng political influence and its impact on public policy decision- making in Washington, D.C., and state capitals. We like to think that the Center for Public In …"

Leadership at Chemical Safety Board questioned amid investigation backlog

By Rosalind Adams

Evidence of ongoing management failures and a toxic work environment at the Chemical Safety Board was presented at a hearing Thursday.

Health insurance lobby keeps Medicare Advantage overpayments flowing

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: program bills are excessive, but don't expect reforms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… e Coalition for Medicare Choices to intimidate lawmakers by posting ads on Washington buses and subway trains and on TV stations serving the area. The ads, whic …"

Lobbyists boost Senate Democrats

By Michael Beckel

Democrats have outraised their GOP counterparts in terms of money coming from lobbyists doubling as fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… f corruption scandal. More recently, as part of his campaign to “change Washington,” President Barack Obama has eschewed money from registered lobbyists, a …"

"… RSC. Alfred E. Mottur, the former managing partner of Brownstein Hyatt’s Washington, D.C., office, also bundled $34,600 for the DSCC. Brownstein Hyatt’s cl …"

How lobbyists helped build John Cornyn’s election war chest

By Michael Beckel

Lobbyists’ role in Senate GOP whip's campaign helped him avoid, in his own words, a “fair fight.”

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… equests. Topping the list was William “Kirk” Blalock, a partner at the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock. Blalock, who p …"

"… said. “He’s done the things they want.” $150,000 a week Cornyn’s Washington workload has also included a rigorous fundraising schedule that offers lob …"

"… his primary, federal records indicate. His strategy, he recently told the Washington Post, “was the same as Norman Schwarzkopf’s in Desert Storm: overwhelm …"

"… for Cornyn at the Texas-themed Hill Country Barbecue Market in downtown Washington, D.C., a venue where all-you-can-eat brisket is de rigueur and Lone Star f …"

After Lindsey Graham met billionaire, supportive super PAC secured donation an hour later

By Marcelo Rochabrun

Sen. Lindsey Graham and a super PAC supporting him pitched a billionaire donor at same place an hour apart from one another other.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… olina. The move was met by criticism from the company’s union workers in Washington, where Boeing is headquartered, and garnered a complaint with the National …"

Home is where the money is for Medicare Advantage plans

By Fred Schulte

Medicare Advantage home visits may not improve health, but boost risk scores and cost taxpayers billions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… se visits. Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington refused numerous requests for comment and declined to answer questions pos …"

"… ts to continue has played only a bit part in a howling political debate in Washington over cutting Medicare Advantage rates. Yet it could cost taxpayers billion …"

Medicare Advantage lobbying machine steamrolls Congress

By Fred Schulte

Under pressure, Medicare Advantage critics morph into defenders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… flexing of the Medicare Advantage industry’s growing political might in Washington. John Gorman, a top Medicare Advantage consultant, hailed the lobbying vi …"

"… ders, federal policy director with the Medicare Rights Center in Washington, a nonprofit consumer service organization, criticized the industry. She s …"

"… p;that it has “recently launched its largest ever mobilization to remind Washington that seniors are following this issue closely and to urge the Medicare age …"

Health insurers have their way with regulators

By Fred Schulte

Billions in Medicare Advantage overpayments likely gone for good.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… pens because federal officials have kept most audit results confidential. Washington health-care lawyer Thomas C. Hill said insiders have known of …"

"… ”  Patrick Burns, a co-director of Taxpayers Against Fraud, a Washington-based group, said that only stiff penalties will protect taxpayers from ge …"

150 billion reasons Medicare Advantage matters

By Eleanor Bell

Reporter Fred Schulte discusses his investigation into billions of dollars misspent on Medicare Advantage plans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… ernment is doing so little to stop it. The report finds that not only has Washington known about this for years, but it has records of who’s responsible …"

Why Medicare Advantage costs taxpayers billions more than it should

By Fred Schulte, David Donald and Erin Durkin

Critics warned of billing abuse in Medicare Advantage health plans, but oversight is lagging.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… ;Dr. Brian Biles, a professor in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University, whose Freedom of Information Act lawsuits shook loose limited …"

"… ry intentionally tried to overpay them a little bit,” said Scully, now a Washington lobbyist with numerous health care industry clients. Health status was ad …"

"… rnment, including a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice in Washington and a criminal case involving the U.S. Attorney’s branch office in West …"

EPA plan would slash climate-damaging carbon emissions from 1,000 existing power plants

The EPA on Monday proposed the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… four public hearings on the proposal, in Denver, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. A final rule is expected by June 2015. …"

Nearly $100 million in campaign cash sits idle

By Dave Levinthal

What happens to campaign money of former congressional candidates? It often sits in accounts for years.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… ow a lobbyist and political consultant whose clients include the Washington Nationals baseball team, Foley says he has “no immediate plans” to run …"

"… charities — and one big one worth $25,000 to the University of Washington athletics department — in 2011 and 2012 before retiring from Congress la …"

"… paign cash by transferring it to other political committees, including the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, which received $20,000 from Dicks’ c …"

Feds investigating allegations that Humana Inc. overcharged Medicare Advantage program

By Fred Schulte

Whistleblower suit at center of Medicare Advantage overbilling allegations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… vestigation. Meanwhile, the criminal division of the Justice Department in Washington has reviewed fraud allegations against the company, according to court rec …"

"… nment lawyers learned that the Justice Department’s criminal division in Washington also had been investigating. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Sout …"

"… conduct by Humana to the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice in Washington,” prosecutors wrote in November 2013. “The conduct at issue is simila …"

AT&T, Verizon beat back limits on airwaves auction

By Allan Holmes

Wireless giants face few limits on their buying power at next year's auction of prime spectrum, which could hurt T-Mobile and Sprint.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… a senior vice president at Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group in Washington that wants to limit how much spectrum each carrier can purchase. Feld said …"

Insurers following 'the playbook' in opposing California ballot initiative

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: multi-faceted effort to defeat California ballot initiative.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… llPoint. The firm is headed by Rick Claussen, who is also a partner in the Washington-based firm of Goddard Claussen Public Affairs. I know their work from my e …"

U.S. military describes its mistakes in Afghanistan

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A report by the Joint Chiefs of Staff says that both military and civilian officials failed to tackle corrosive corruption.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… orrupt leadership style and a climate of impunity for those involved; Washington made the problem worse by inundating Afghanistan with more cash than it co …"

"… r Afghanistan Reconstruction, have all voiced similar criticisms that Washington and its allies failed to combat what is now generally recognized as that w …"

"… him back when “the security situation deteriorated,” the report said. Washington repeatedly refused to condition its aid on strict adherence to anti-corrup …"

"… itary effort in Afghanistan, or have a larger consequence for the way that Washington functions. Asked for comment on the overall recommendations, the Joint Sta …"

Gordon Witkin named Center's top editor

Former U.S. News & World Report editor takes over as executive editor.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… l correspondent in Detroit and as bureau chief in Denver, before coming to Washington in 1987. He covered criminal justice for 11 years, before joining the mana …"

"… gative Reporting Workshop at American University and was a reporter in the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Associated Press. Last year’s “After the Mel …"

"… ations such as U.S. News & World Report and Congressional Quarterly in Washington. All of the appointments were effective immediately. …"

GOP leaders, donors mix during secretive forum

By Michael Beckel

Documents shed light on closed-door confab featuring top politicians and donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and GOP strategist Karl Rove tackled how “millennials, minorities and wo …"

"… , too, were journalists and commentators — such as Michael Barone of the Washington Examiner and Fox News; David Brooks of the New York Times; former CNN anch …"

The Canadian health care system I disparaged

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: health care system up north is more efficient.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… iversal health insurance system — known as Medicare — our lawmakers in Washington were establishing America’s own single-payer Medicare program, but only …"

Meet the Banking Caucus, Wall Street's secret weapon in Washington

By Daniel Wagner and Alison Fitzgerald

Industry campaign cash flows to pro-bank activists in Congress, yielding big returns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… t goal. Bankers’ best friends Every business sector has its friends in Washington. Financial companies — from the biggest megabanks to small payday lender …"

"… s for financial firms and trade groups and many are spreading money around Washington, enlisting like-minded members of Congress to write letters, propose legis …"

"… dvocates at the Credit Union National Association’s annual conference in Washington. He filed the latest version of the bill on March. 13. And several former …"

How Chinese offshore data became interactive

By Chris Zubak-Skees

Behind a simple display was months of concerted work by journalists in at least ten countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… n task. Partners and project managers exchanged rounds of feedback between Washington, Santiago, Madrid and Hong Kong. One concern was that the illustrations mi …"

Super PAC leaders score perks from political donations

By Julie Patel

Super PAC founders enjoy fine dining, big salaries and a steady business for their consulting firms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… FEC, include hefty bills at such fine dining establishments as Obelisk in Washington, D.C., and Tocqueville in New York City. A research-centered super PAC, A …"

"… ear after she said Brock personally asked her. “You can’t just sit in Washington and know what’s going on,” she said. At conservative super PAC Americ …"

"… ng bills of any super PAC: a $6,346 tab at J&G Steakhouse in Washington, D.C. "Our event, hospitality and catering expenses are related to fundra …"

"… will support principled conservatives that will not waver when they get to Washington.” Donors’ money also supported a $5,402 bill at Chops Specialty Meats …"

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… lawmakers are debating online gambling bills in seven others right now. In Washington, meanwhile, Congress is facing increasing pressure to either bar or regula …"

"… City, I can sit at home,” said Les Bernal, national director of the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group Stop Predatory Gambling. “It’s the most ext …"

"… f betting online. Advocates for Internet gambling, including an aggressive Washington lobbying group for poker players that’s funded by the offshore online co …"

"… ular focus on New Jersey. In early 2009, Joe Brennan Jr., who ran a small, Washington D.C.-based industry group called the Interactive Media Entertainment and G …"

Residents of polluted U.S. communities fear planned cuts in EPA enforcement

By Ronnie Greene and Chris Hamby

The EPA's "Next Generation Compliance" plan would lead to fewer inspections of, and enforcement actions against, polluters.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clean Air Act":

"… g a Clean Water Act prosecution of Wal-Mart in California, and a Clean Air Act criminal and civil case against a New York plant that …"

What's the point, WellPoint?

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: insurer's talk of rate increases may boomerang.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… s policyholders, Poizner wrote in a letter to then-CEO Angela Braly. In Washington, Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman, the chairman of the House Energy & Comm …"