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 "Craig Varoga":

"… donated at least $2.5 million to Patriot Majority USA since January 2011. Craig Varoga, the president of Patriot Majority USA, declined to answer specific questi …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… e assistant to an FEC commissioner stands to make, thanks in large part to Congress' unwillingness, so far, to give the agency more flexibility in determining …"

"… fleeting show of unity, the FEC last year unanimously recommended to Congress that the general counsel position be given higher salary potential, arguin …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… wealthy donors with few direct ties to South Carolina. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, the electoral …"

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 "Wall Street Journal":

"… nternational Investigative Reporting, which are named in honor of The Wall Street Journal reporter kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002.The Wall Stree …"

"… et Journal reporter kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002.The Wall Street Journal’s prize-winning probe examined the spread of drug-resistant forms of tub …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… than it has during any previous year, according to data maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics, but spending during this year's first quarter puts it on pace to exc …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dean Heller":

"… fit targeted U.S. Senate candidates including Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev. and Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont.In August, Patriot Majority USA lau …"

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 "Bush administration":

"… nd the president in contempt of the subpoena – as Democrats did when the Bush administration refused to cooperate during controversy over the firing of U.S. Attorneys. …"

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?

Excerpts from this story referencing "transportation":

"… training, base support, security, translation, logistics, construction and transportation for the U.S. troops that Obama said will be home by Christmas.According to …"

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 "Washington, D.C.":

"… led in 2007 that don’t seem any closer to resolution,” Erika Kelton, a Washington, D.C., whistleblower attorney, said. One stalled case, she said, involves hundr …"

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

By Shirley Gao

Ex-Goldman exec at the forefront of regulating derivatives

Ryle to lead int’l investigative consortium

Australian joins Center as new director of ICIJ

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gerard Ryle":

"… s oldest and largest nonprofit investigative news organizations, has named Gerard Ryle director of the Center’s International Consortium of Investigative Journ …"

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 "Taliban":

"… ston, with The Nation, on payoffs by U.S. military contractors to the Taliban. The last Pearl Awards attracted 86 entries from 24 countries, involving r …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other government entities. Congressional Research Service repor …"

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 "ICIJ":

"… ein (South Africa); Miki Mistrati (Denmark); and Dumitru Lazur (Moldova.). ICIJ members Fredrik Laurin, Drew Sullivan (USA) director for the Organized Cri …"

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 "Scotland":

"… three lavish junkets overseas underwritten by the lobbyist’s clients: to Scotland, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Russia. These forei …"

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 "Facebook":

"… You can also message us on Twitter or discuss the project on our Facebook page. We’re eager to hear what you turn up — full credit and links wil …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… t four times a year. The bill would also ensure the PBGC Advisory Council, Inspector General, and General Counsel have full and direct access to the board. …"

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 "Government":

"… with protecting federal whistleblowers, and the Comptroller General of the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ main investigative agency, also have be …"

"… cy,” said Rep. Ed Towns, D-N.Y., the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.A former high-profile Government watchdog said the Obama …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… ng assets) and compliance with laws and regulations and its operations,” Inspector General Rebecca Anne Batts wrote in a letter that has escaped public attention des …"

"… its Inspector General into believing long-simmering problems were resolved.Inspector General Rebecca Anne Batts“Providing false information to OIG or Congress can be …"

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

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