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The Center for Public Integrity's response to ABC News

By Bill Buzenberg

Setting the record straight over credit on the Pulitzer for investigative reporting.

Super PAC leaders score perks from political donations

By Julie Patel

Super PAC founders enjoy fine dining, big salaries and a steady business for their consulting firms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… ore than the percentage for such costs for all groups examined. Its former president, Rodell Mollineau, who left the group recently, earned $196,000 in sa …"

"… mbursements in 2013 from the super PAC. He also earned $538,000 in 2012 as president of the group’s affiliated social-welfare nonprofit, Crossroads Grassroot …"

"… three leaders listed on American Principles Fund’s website, to vice president. Huckabee Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, is …"

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

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"… mmission held a forum on Internet gambling in March, the alliance’s vice president for player relations, Rich Muny, tweeted a link directed at Gov. Deval Pat …"

"… mbling organizations in the state, but Thomas J. Shaheen, the group's vice president, said the institute is focused more on blocking the state lottery from ado …"

"… sponded to requests for interviews, but in January, the Sands’ vice president for government relations, Andrew Abboud, told Nevada political reporter Jo …"

Japan reaffirms its plan to produce plutonium

By Douglas Birch and Jake Adelstein

The Abe government’s new energy plan calls for completing the Rokkasho plutonium fuel factory despite U.S. concern it poses terrorism risks

Why aren't more people alarmed by the falling numbers of reporters?

By Bill Buzenberg

Skoll World Forum highlights the growing risks to journalists and investigative reporting worldwide.

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"… mean this is a really good time to be a crook, suggested Alberto Ibarguen, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and a Forum moderator.* Fr …"

Herbicide ban on hold in Sri Lanka, as source of deadly kidney disease remains elusive

By Sasha Chavkin

After Sri Lanka's announced ban on a Monsanto herbicide, opponents challenged the action and convinced the president to put the ban on hold.

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"… on hold. Officials opposing the ban are seeking further meetings with the president, according to a report in the Sri Lankan daily The Island. The office of …"

"… ng glyphosate last year, but it was not signed into law by the country’s president. Recently Sri Lanka has drawn international attention for singling out gl …"

"… ussions beyond the island’s borders. El Salvador recently elected a new president, Salvador Sánchez-Cerén, and proponents of the pesticide ban passed by E …"

Center black lung series earns White House Correspondents’ Award

Center reporter Chris Hamby earned the Edgar A. Poe Award for 'Breathless and Burdened'; series also honored with James Aronson Award.

What's the point, WellPoint?

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: insurer's talk of rate increases may boomerang.

GOP opposition to Obamacare baffles Dr. Sullivan

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: former HHS Secretary Sullivan says Obamacare resembles plan crafted by Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… Journalists 2014 conference in Denver last Thursday, Sullivan, the former president of the Morehouse School of Medicine who served as HHS Secretary during the …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

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"… influence what we do,” university spokesman Michael Sandler said. “Our president [Angel Cabrera] has made clear that if any donor ever threatened our acade …"

"… climate of our student body,” said Jaywin Singh Malhi, student body vice president at Southern Methodist University. Billy Cerullo, Student Government Assoc …"

"… thern Methodist University. Billy Cerullo, Student Government Association president at Suffolk University in Boston, says the $44,700 donation his school rece …"

"… r amount should be published on an easily accessible list.” Nick Mahon, president of the University of Arizona Young Democrats, says he’s not concerned wi …"

Ready for Hillary courts super PAC skeptics

By Michael Beckel

Ready for Hillary is courting 'Citizens United' skeptics — and finding success.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… as commander in chief. “Hillary Clinton deserves to be the first woman president,” Bremer Muggli told the Center for Public Integrity. “I wanted to jum …"

"… installments of $50 a month, according to FEC records. Paul Lemieux, the president of a beauty salon in Massachusetts, said he gave $500 to Ready for Hillary …"

"… e didn’t realize he was contributing to a super PAC. “I want her to be president.” The super PAC can already claim financial backers from every U.S. sta …"

Japan confirms it will return some nuclear explosive materials to U.S.

By Douglas Birch

The amount of plutonium is a small fraction of what the country could soon begin making annually.

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"… Kenneth Luongo, a former Department of Energy policy advisor and current president of the Partnership for Global Security, called Monday’s announcement of …"

Wireless companies fight for their futures

By Allan Holmes

A rare auction of wireless spectrum may determine who controls your cell phone.

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"… initiated by T-Mobile will continue, said Harold Feld, a senior vice president at Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group in Washington that wants to …"

"… rust division when it blocked AT&T’s purchase of T-Mobile and is now president of Public Knowledge. “This is what they hoped would occur and had strong …"

Improving security for nuclear explosives remains a diplomatic struggle

By Douglas Birch

A two-day international summit attended by President Obama next week is unlikely to move beyond stopgap measures and vague promises.

Sri Lanka bans Monsanto herbicide citing potential link to deadly kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Sri Lanka orders ban on glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, citing kidney disease outbreak; Monsanto said the evidence is unproven.

Plutonium fever blossoms in Japan

Cronyism, influence-buying and a stifling of dissenting voices have kept the Japanese nuclear industry going strong after Fukushima.

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"… nd that Rokkasho’s completion makes sound fiscal sense. Yoshihiko Kawai, president of Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd., the consortium of 85 utilities and other compa …"

"… ld donate — roughly $3,900 for top executives, $3,300 for executive vice presidents, and $1,700 for managing directors, the newspaper said. Kono alleged cont …"

"… rats from METI’s own Agency for Natural Resources and Energy became vice presidents at other electric utilities. The practice is known here by the amusing te …"

Congressional investigations of FEC stalled

By Dave Levinthal

Congressional committees that promised to probe agency's security, staffing woes slow are to act.

Japan could be building an irresistible terrorist target, experts say

Japan has balked at U.S. security advice for its nuclear plants.

Japan agrees to return some plutonium

By Douglas Birch

After years of resistance, Japan agrees to return a portion of plutonium to the U.S.

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"… he Obama administration has been asking for the materials since before the president convened the first international Nuclear Security Summit in 2010, partly b …"

A world awash in a nuclear explosive?

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

Japan is leading a global move towards dangerous reactors fueled by a nuclear explosive, Thomas Cochran and other experts say.

Exposing tragic myths of the world's 'greatest' health care system

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: world's 'best' health care system is failing many right here.

CPAC activists urged to fight IRS

By Michael Beckel and Julie Patel

Tax agency called a 'cancer' and 'criminal enterprise' at conservative convention.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… Huckabee said. The agency “needs to be defanged,” argued Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, who added that “there needs to be people who go to ja …"

FEC wants millions in new cash to fix security woes

By Dave Levinthal

Elections agency tells Congress new staffing and hardware vital to prevent hacking as well as attacks.

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"… C is asking for $67.5 million for fiscal year 2015 — the same amount the president proposed in his budget and a small increase from its current budget of $65 …"

Lawyer selected for Czech ambassadorship also major Obama fundraiser

By Michael Beckel

Attorney Andrew Schapiro has become the latest of the president's campaign bundlers tapped for a top diplomatic post.

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"… his former Harvard Law School classmates and a prolific fundraiser for the president, to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic. The White House's …"

"… istics and skills a good ambassador should possess. For generations, U.S. presidents have rewarded loyalists with posh diplomatic positions. But during his se …"

Outside groups dwarf candidate spending in Florida special election

By Michael Beckel

Less than one-third of money pumped into House contest is controlled by Sink or Jolly.

White House seeks to chip away at severe Labor Department judge shortage, case backlog

By Jim Morris

The White House is requesting an additional $2 million from Congress for its overworked, understaffed Office of Administrative Law Judges.

Obama budget no windfall for beleaguered FEC

By Dave Levinthal

President's proposal provides the beleaguered agency with less money than it asked for.

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"… t of saying it would allow the FEC to address longer-term challenges. The president's fiscal 2015 budget proposal also calls for cuts to the budget of the&nbs …"

Obama announces foundation-funded project to help black, Latino youth

By Susan Ferriss

'My Brother's Keeper' is a $200 million program aimed at keeping minority youth out of the criminal justice system.

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"… the White House. “It is an issue that goes to the heart of why I ran for president.” Ten foundations have signed on to raise and provide $200 million over …"

Natural gas boom advances with little study of public health effects, report finds

By Lisa Song and Jim Morris

As a drilling boom continues in Texas and beyond, a new study spotlights a missing ingredient: A full assessment of public health impact.

Nonprofits spend money on campaigns despite benefactors' warnings

By Julie Patel

Despite warning, four nonprofits spent money on 2012 elections.

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"… y former Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams, who was listed as the group’s president. The organization received 97 percent of its $25.3 million in revenue fro …"

"… reiner, a state senator in Iowa who was listed as American Future Fund’s president, did not return phone calls or emails. Washington, D.C.-based American Co …"

"… r Responsive Politics and American Commitment news releases. Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment, denied that it used non-political funds for politi …"

"… it did not return calls or emails requesting comment. James Davis, a vice president of Freedom Partners, wrote in an email that the group “places strict sta …"