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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… c Integrity review of Department of Labor, Federal Election Commission and Internal Revenue Service filings shows that 13 contributors have combined to give Patriot Majority …"

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 "federal election":

"… e of two FEC staff officers (the other being staff director) prescribed by federal election law. No current staffer has been elevated to "acting" general counsel, eit …"

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 "American Israel Public Affairs Committee":

"… ecurities and Exchanges Commission. Mizel also serves on the board of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobby organization. At least two other AIPAC board members d …"

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 "Uzbekistan":

"… ights activists, and paid extensive bribes to gain access to the market in Uzbekistan. “At a time when surveillance by governments and security services is o …"

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 "Barack Obama":

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

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 "Craig Varoga":

"… penses: $5.3 millionNet assets: $25,800IRS Form 990 filing: 2010Principals:Craig Varoga (president/treasurer): Varoga, who is head of the Patriot Majority network …"

"… sister groups can all be traced back to one person: Democratic strategist Craig Varoga.Patriot Majority USA is not required to disclose its contributors, but its …"

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 "Halliburton":

"… ting, Republicans opposed a motion to subpoena the CEOs of BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and Cameron who refused to testify over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. …"

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 "Africa":

"… e reporting and include stories from Afghanistan and Iraq, Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the United States.“I’m honored to present this out …"

"… ;Pirates, Smugglers and Corrupt Tycoons: Five reporters from the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) followed development projects in African c …"

"… or African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) followed development projects in African countries and found that criminal activities like piracy and oil smugglin …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Secretary":

"… erating procedures and guidelines for its investment activities.” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who is also chairman of the PBGC board, said she agreed with …"

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 "San Francisco":

"… ayers Against Fraud’s April 2009 quarterly legal review. Eric Havian, a San Francisco whistleblower attorney said, though, that the law allows the agency to ent …"

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 "Investigative Reporters and Editors":

"… sions in automobiles.On June 11, ICIJ received two first-place medals from Investigative Reporters and Editors for two of its international investigations. One winning project was on th …"

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 "Secretary":

"… veteran transportation lobbyist is hosting a fundraiser for Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's son, a fledgling state senator from Illinois.The June 13 fund …"

"… aw firm of Miller, Hall & Triggs.Robinson said that he had not invited Secretary LaHood to the event. “My focus has been on friends of Darin’s, Republi …"

"… ision to host the event had anything to do with Ray LaHood’s position as Secretary of Transportation, Robinson replied, “Fortunately I have the opportunity …"

"… rtment of Transportation spokeswoman Jill Zuckman said in a statement that Secretary LaHood would not be at the fundraiser.“Secretary LaHood is very proud of …"

ICIJ accepting entries for Daniel Pearl Awards

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Stephen M. Kohn":

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

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

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'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… nown as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was crafted. Gensler also was an adviser to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and later Obama’s.Gensler has now become one o …"

Djukanovic’s Montenegro: a family business

As EU membership looms, so do troubling questions