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 "Club for Growth":

"… hould be voted upon separately, which won him praise from the conservative Club for Growth, which, at the time, said all lawmakers should vote against the “bloated …"

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 "Ann Ravel":

"… all the necessary professional qualities to succeed." Said Democrat Ann Ravel, the commission's vice chairman: "I believe that a general counsel probabl …"

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 "spokesman":

"… enator left, and I decided to support him. And that is that.” Neither a spokesman for Graham or for the West Main Street Values PAC responded to requests fo …"

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 "World Health Organization":

"… ournal reporters found that the spread of the disease was exacerbated by a World Health Organization policy that encouraged countries to prioritize regular TB at the expense 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 "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

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

"… of well-known Democratic political donors and labor unions, especially the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.AFSCME is both the largest donor to Patriot Majority’s 527 committee and …"

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 "BP":

"… es Committee meeting, Republicans opposed a motion to suBPoena the CEOs of BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and Cameron who refused to testify over the Deep …"

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

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 "director":

"… share information with you. It’s a closed process,” Stephen Whitlock, director of the IRS’s Whistleblower Office, said in an interview published in Tax …"

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 "Commodity Futures Trading Commission":

"… rejected any regulation of the derivatives market. Now, as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission after the near-collapse of global markets, “my thinking has evolved," Ge …"

Ryle to lead int’l investigative consortium

Australian joins Center as new director of ICIJ

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… largest nonprofit investigative news organizations, has named Gerard Ryle director of the Center’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (I …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity in Washington":

"… onal Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a project of the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. Formerly the ICIJ Awards, the prizes were renamed in 2008 in honor o …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… Engine Family for Unmanned Systems, all defense contractors …"

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 "Jordan":

"… tive Journalism (ARIJ) are staging their third annual conference in Amman, Jordan, November 26-28, 2010.Over 200 journalists, editors and university academi …"

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 "top aide":

"… egally permitted each and every day in Washington, D.C.”Two of DeLay’s top aides, ex-press spokesman Michael Scanlon and ex-deputy chief of staff Tony Rud …"

"… bying associates with Abramoff, are still awaiting sentencing. And a third top aide, Ed Buckham, who was DeLay’s former chief of staff and who was implicate …"

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 "Human Rights Watch":

"… al” detention.Andrea Prasow, senior counsel for the terrorism program at Human Rights Watch, says the report is not transparent enough because it fails to specify whi …"

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 "Pension":

"… that uncovered security, management and procurement weaknesses inside the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC) provides fresh evidence that lawmakers need …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… bsp;after a controversy involving investigations into spending in Iraq and Afghanistan.And the Central Intelligence Agency, often in the limelight with its sweep …"

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 "Gary Gensler":

"… ler’s plan.The committee is expected to vote on the bill next week.  …"

Djukanovic’s Montenegro: a family business

As EU membership looms, so do troubling questions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Yugoslavia":

"… novic came to power, the youngest prime minister in Europe. Shortly after, Yugoslavia split apart in war. Djukanovic was one of a trio of Montenegrin leaders at …"