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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… 7 million on political advertisements, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. That makes it the largest Democratic-aligned dark money operation in the …"

"… ax code. However, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010, they are free to spend huge amounts of money advocating fo …"

"… ly known. But a Center for Public Integrity review of Department of Labor, Federal Election Commission and Internal Revenue Service filings shows that 13 contributors have combi …"

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 "Chairman":

"… counsel would be worse than leaving the position vacant," said former FEC Chairman Dave Mason, who served on the commission from 1998 to 2008 and is now a se …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… hree days after the in-person meeting, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. Donors — including corporations and unions — may give unlimited amou …"

"… th Carolina. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, the electoral influence of the ultra-rich has expanded, and the …"

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.

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 "Congress":

"… n pace to exceed that mark.     …"

"… il Monday to submit mandatory first quarter lobbying disclosure reports to Congress. The NRA and its affiliate spent nearly $3 million on federal-level lobby …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bloomberg":

"… ton, D.C., audience. The nonprofit, headed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Tom Menino, paid $100,000 to run the spot on CBS aff …"

"… s, Mayors Against Illegal Guns also sponsored an ad. That message featured Bloomberg and Menino touting their citie's NFL teams as well as the need for "common …"

"… for "common sense reforms" to "keep guns out of the hands of criminals." Bloomberg and Menino launched Mayors Against Illegal Guns in 2007, and the coalition …"

Nonprofit profile: Patriot Majority USA

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the nonprofit group

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

"… costing $500,000: “Greed Agenda” and “Tycoons.” The ads, which the Center for Public Integrity wrote about about the time, accused the Koch brothers of “buying this ye …"

Profile: Political cartoonist Rob Tornoe

By Christine Montgomery

Center commissions political cartoonist to draw up some humor

Excerpts from this story referencing "social media":

"… d blogs (but unlike Sarah Palin, I'm unable to read them all). I also love social media sites like Facebook, Reddit and Twitter — they help get a sense of what …"

"… equally well across all devices, and good ones spread like wildfire across social media. I try to add humor to my cartoons, because I find it has a disarming qual …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… work,” said ICIJ director Gerard Ryle, the group’s first non-American director. “We are acknowledging journalists whose work often places them in great …"

"… ingful impact and exposes the truth.”William E. Buzenberg, the executive director of the Center for Public Integrity said, “I’m delighted to announce th …"

"… were made by a distinguished international panel of judges:Sheila Coronel, director, Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia University; former …"

"… Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia University; former executive director, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.Manny Garcia, executive ed …"

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 "Iowa":

"… lled a “culture of hostility” and intimidation. In December 2006, the Iowa Republican tried to change that by pushing through a law expanding the IRS …"

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 "JPMorgan Chase":

"… payments to overseas governments.JPMorgan pays $153.6 million settlement - JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $153.6 million to settle charges that it misled bu …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Transportation Secretary":

"… ntment.  …"

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 "Bill Kovach":

"… ptional cross-border investigative reporting,” said Acting ICIJ Director Bill Kovach. “It is an opportunity to call to wider public attention the dedication …"

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

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

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

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

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

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 "Social Security":

"… ax security that a contractor was able in 2008 to download the pension and Social Security numbers of 1,300 Americans to an unsecured electronic thumb drive that was …"

"… technology platform, a red flag for a corporation trusted with protecting Social Security numbers, personal account balances, and proprietary actuarial data from pe …"

"… mployee for a PBGC contractor stored unauthorized pension account data and Social Security numbers for 1,300 Americans on the above thumb drive, which was found on t …"

"… . The worker popped the thumb drive into a computer, and discovered it had Social Security numbers, account details from PBGC-protected pensions, and actuarial data …"

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