Can this 'dark money' group help the Democrats keep the Senate?

By Michael Beckel

Patriot Majority USA raises millions from unknown sources to play attack dog in the South.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… 0 from the SEIU’s state council in Pennsylvania, and $1 million from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. These large labor union contributions were first reported by the Huffingt …"

FEC struggles to appoint top lawyer

By Dave Levinthal

Agency that enforces campaign laws has gone without a general counsel for nearly a year — and counting.

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.

Shining examples of cross-border journalism recognized at international conference

By Bill Buzenberg

ICIJ presented its annual Daniel Pearl awards at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chicago Tribune":

"… regimes,” wrote the judges. A special citation was awarded to the Chicago Tribune for its report on of how fugitives charged with rape, murde …"

NRA spends record money on lobbying this year

By Dave Levinthal

Pro-gun organization increases influence effort as congressional debate rages.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… it came as gun control advocates  — from President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the families …"

Two Center projects win 'Best in Business' award

By The Center for Public Integrity

Society of American Business Editors and Writers name two projects 'Best in Business'

Super Bowl ad cost Mayors Against Illegal Guns $100,000

By Michael Beckel

Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns drops $100K on ad during NFL's biggest game of the year, new records show.

Nonprofit profile: Patriot Majority USA

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the nonprofit group

Profile: Political cartoonist Rob Tornoe

By Christine Montgomery

Center commissions political cartoonist to draw up some humor

House committee votes to subpoena White House over Solyndra loan

By Corbin Hiar, Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

A House committee voted Thursday along party lines to subpoena President Obama's inner circle for Solyndra correspondence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steven Chu":

"… al rooftop market. Matt Rogers, then a senior advisor to Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Recovery Act issues, downplayed the report. “The ‘going concern’ …"

Sending troops home could pave way for more non-competitive defense contracting

By R. Jeffrey Smith

After more than ten years of conflict, and around $1 trillion spent, what will troop drawdown mean for Department of Defense?

ICIJ unveils Daniel Pearl Awards finalists

By Steve Carpinelli

ICIJ Announces the Finalists for the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting

Weinberger discusses no-bid contracts on DemocracyNow

Weinberg discusses no-bids

Pension insurer criticized for switching investment strategies too frequently

By Alexandra Duszak

Insurer of traditional pensions has changed investment strategies too often

IRS red tape, old guard slow whistleblowing on corporate tax cheats

By Michael Hudson

IRS stingy in rewarding tipsters who turn in corporate tax cheats

Excerpts from this story referencing "UBS":

"… s more than academic. One of his clients is Bradley Birkenfeld, the former UBS private banker who exposed how the Swiss bank enticed wealthy Americans hi …"

"… hide their money from the IRS. Birkenfeld, who played a low-level role in UBS’s long-running scheme, was sentenced to 40 months in prison. As the tip …"

"… arnered as part of the federal government’s $780 million settlement with UBS. Zerbe acknowledged that Birkenfeld has a pending claim with the IRS, but …"

Reform reading: CFTC chief says "my thinking has evolved" on derivatives regulation

By Shirley Gao

Ex-Goldman exec at the forefront of regulating derivatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "bank":

"… ons that face united opposition from his former Wall Street colleagues and banking lobbyists. He also faces an anti-reform sentiment on Capitol Hill, wher …"

"… dget by 15 percent.“Capital matters” – Raising how much capital U.S. banks must have on hand is “the most important reform moment since the financ …"

"… Frank law in importance, says New York Times.columnist Joe Nocera.Big banks should be obliged to hold capital equal to 14 percent of their assets to …"

"… ot follow the U.S. lead in raising capital standards, Nocera says American banks would still remain competitive because they are in better shape and can r …"

Ryle to lead int’l investigative consortium

Australian joins Center as new director of ICIJ

Transportation lobbyist raises money for Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's son

By Aaron Mehta

iWatch News inquiries prompt LaHood fundraiser to be moved from lobbyist home

ICIJ accepting entries for Daniel Pearl Awards

Entries for the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting are now being accepted

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Daniel Pearl Awards":

"… news outlet. Five additional finalists will each receive $1,000 prizes.“The Daniel Pearl Awards provide us a special opportunity to recognize exceptional cross-border inv …"

Carl Levin — Senate Armed Services Committee

By Josh Israel

As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq march toward a second decade, Democrat Carl Levin chairs the Senate committee overseeing the Defense Dep

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… efense Department. Levin, now 76, is in his sixth term and has represented Michigan in the Senate since 1979 — the longest tenure of any Michigan senator in …"

"… epresented Michigan in the Senate since 1979 — the longest tenure of any Michigan senator in history.Levin first became Armed Services chairman in January 2 …"

"… ting record and strong ties to organized labor, the one-time kingmakers in Michigan, much of his campaign money has come from labor unions and companies conne …"

"… ubled state.His brother, Sander Levin, has been a U.S. Representative from Michigan’s 12th Congressional District since 1983 and chaired the tax-writing Hou …"

U.S. agency insuring pensions needs bigger, more active board

By Julie Vorman

The three-member board of directors overseeing the federal corporation that insures traditional pensions of 44 million American workers is t

Third annual Arab investigative journalism conference

By Simona Raetz

Our colleagues at the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) are staging their third annual conference in Amman, Jordan, Novembe

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fredrik Laurin":

"… rica); Miki Mistrati (Denmark); and Dumitru Lazur (Moldova.). ICIJ members Fredrik Laurin, Drew Sullivan (USA) director for the Organized Crime and Corruption Repor …"

End of DeLay probe raises broader questions about Justice Dept.

By Peter H. Stone

The Justice Department’s probe of the biggest Congressional target in the sprawling Abramoff scandal, ended not with a bang, but with a whim

Excerpts from this story referencing "Russia":

"… lients: to Scotland, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Russia. These foreign excursions helped Abramoff cement his image and his busines …"

Gitmo detainee classifications remain detached from identities

By Gabriel Debenedetti

When the Guantanamo Review Task Force summary report was released in June — more than five months after its completion — it marked the lates

Excerpts from this story referencing "Guantanamo Review Task Force":

"… ct of the Center for Public Integrity and the Sunlight Foundation. …"

"… T THE DATA:What: Classifications of the 240 Guantanamo Bay detaineesWhere: Guantanamo Review Task Force summary reportAvailability: Online but fails to specify which detainees ar …"

Senior Dem calls for more oversight of pension entity after Center uncovers weakness

By John Solomon

Senate Aging Committee Chairman Herb Kohl says a Center for Public Integrity investigation that uncovered security, management and procureme

Where are the watchdogs?

By John Solomon

Faced with record deficits and expanding federal responsibilities, politicians from President Barack Obama on down routinely talk about the

Excerpts from this story referencing "lawyer":

"… Appointing a new Special Counsel is critical,” said Stephen M. Kohn, a lawyer who serves as executive director of the nonpartisan National Whistleblower …"

No guarantees at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

By John Solomon

Last November, the federal corporation charged with protecting Americans’ retirement funds issued an ominous public warning: the amount of p

Health care reform emerges as new Olympian challenge

By Joe Eaton and Aaron Mehta

When a U.S. hockey player lays out a Canadian opponent, he need not worry about stitches, a concussion or knocked-out teeth. Unlike 46 milli

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Football League":

"… ee isn’t the only sports organization concerned about health reform. The National Football League Players Association and the Professional Golfers Association of America al …"

Top derivatives regulator: 'We haven’t filled the gaps'

By Ben Protess and Lagan Sebert

Top commodities regulator says U.S. financial system still 'vulnerable'

Djukanovic’s Montenegro: a family business

As EU membership looms, so do troubling questions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… nd even a James Bond film painted Montenegro as the Monte Carlo of Eastern Europe. The nation’s mountainous, tree-lined coast, medieval walled cities, and …"

"… outside Montenegro these days, as the country is making a bid to join the European Union. Although the EU is satisfied Montenegro is making progress, EU En …"

"… e turned 29, Milo Djukanovic came to power, the youngest prime minister in Europe. Shortly after, Yugoslavia split apart in war. Djukanovic was one of a tri …"