Deadbeat politicos outrun federal enforcers

By Dave Levinthal

Sharpton, Gingrich committees among dozens that owe taxpayers money.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dan Backer":

"… he illegal fine imposed because of Lois Lerner's influence,” John said. Dan Backer, a conservative election law attorney who represents Combat Veterans for C …"

Obama administration to open Atlantic coast to drilling, handing victory to governors group

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Administration action a victory for governors group that was subject of Center investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alaska":

"… t hath taken away. The administration on Tuesday set aside sections of the Alaskan Arctic Ocean for permanent protection, but also announced it would open p …"

"… ling nearly 10 million acres of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas in Alaska. “There are some places that are simply too special to drill,” Jewell …"

"… at Obama would ask Congress to extend wilderness protection to portions of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which energy companies have long soug …"

Health insurers watch profits soar as they dump small business customers

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: profits soar while they dump small business customers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Anthem":

"… le. Health Net’s share price has increased 224 percent since March 2010. Anthem’s is up 238 percent over the same time period.  Aetna’s 290 perce …"

Obama's EPA breaks pledge to divorce politics from science on toxic chemicals

By David Heath

To the delight of industry, the EPA is completing fewer chemical assessments than ever before.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maryland":

"… his vital program once and for all,” said Rena Steinzor, a University of Maryland law professor who closely follows the EPA’s chemical assessment program. …"

"… , the EPA has published only four chemical assessments. The University of Maryland’s Steinzor, an expert in scientific integrity, testified before Congress …"

Romney's top fundraisers consider bailing

By Carrie Levine

As the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee considers another bid, Jeb Bush and other 2016 hopefuls try to poach top fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Haley Barbour":

"… n Mississippi and nephew of prominent lobbyist and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, was a member of Romney’s 2012 strategy and national finance t …"

IRS rarely audits nonprofits for politicking

By Julie Patel

New documents show the federal tax agency almost never audits nonprofit groups for illegal politicking.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… ns,” said Mark Everson, a former IRS commissioner appointed by President George W. Bush. “I would imagine there is a real slowdown getting issues resolved becau …"

12 ways 'Citizens United' has changed politics

By Michael Beckel and Jared Bennett

Here are 12 stories that illuminate the ways 'Citizens United' has changed the political landscape.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… A million-dollar donation in 2012 by a Canadian-owned corporation to a pro-Mitt Romney super PAC sparked legal concerns and opened up the Citizens United decisio …"

"… s, like those in 2012 that aided President Barack Obama and his GOP rival, Mitt Romney. The 2014 election cycle brought on the newest iteration: the single-issue …"

States continue war over Obamacare

By Fred Schulte

State lawmakers at odds over hundreds of bills to either cripple or prop up Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… in, who said he runs the 10th Amendment Center from the living room of his Los Angeles apartment. Though he concedes detractors label his group as “crazies, …"

"… 4, federal health officials announced $60 million in navigator grants. The Los Angeles Times reported in January 2014 that California’s exchange had …"

U.S. Supreme Court to rule on judicial campaign contributions

By Reity O'Brien

Florida free speech case before U.S. Supreme Court could overturn 30 states' bans on judicial candidates asking for campaign donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minnesota":

"… s majority opinion in the 2002 ruling on The Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, which allowed judicial candidates to publicly share their opinio …"

Selling out for big business: business as usual on Capitol Hill

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: upcoming Obamacare bills benefit corporations, not regular folks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Elizabeth Warren":

"… gress—which even includes liberals like Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (there are a lot of medical device makers in both of thei …"

President favors cities offering broadband service

By Alison Fitzgerald and Allan Holmes

President to come out against state laws that prohibit cities from offering broadband service to citizens.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Time Warner Cable":

"… ithout a fight. Telecommunications giants including Comcast, AT&T and Time Warner Cable have spent millions of dollars to lobby state legislatures, influence …"

Who needs lobbyists? See what big business spends to win American minds

By Erin Quinn and Chris Young

Trade groups pay top PR, advertising firms $1.2 billion over five years to influence public.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coca-Cola":

"… ncluding CTIA and the American Beverage Association, whose members include Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. From 2009 through 2012, the wireless association paid GMMB $ …"

There are 153 presidential candidates running

By Dave Levinthal

Amid the 'undecided' Romneys and Bushes, a gaggle of unknowns has formally filed paperwork to run for president.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… s this: Potential candidates with any semblance of support have, in a post-Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission political environment, discarded the traditional playbook for ea …"

Groups sue to force EPA's hand on oil and gas emissions

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

Nine groups sue to force the EPA to decide whether emissions from oil and gas extraction should be publicly reported.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Law":

"… , as you know, political forces that discourage action,” Dillen said. “Lawsuits can be one way to give the agency cover to do what it actually needs …"

National security findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

Investigations into nuclear proliferation, the war against terror and the conduct of U.S. officials.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… tured by at least 21 different countries, including China, Russia, and the United States. This is just the latest finding to document the missteps and unintended c …"

Coal ash no worse than everyday trash, EPA rules

The EPA announced what it called a "milestone" rule for toxic coal ash, but critics say it doesn't go far enough.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… acks on our nation's abundant and affordable energy resources.” …"

"… prevent the pollution of air and water and protect our public health.” Environmentalists – who’d hoped the waste, which contains harmful metals such …"

"… nd 10 other groups over the slow pace of the agency’s regulatory action Environmental advocates have long pushed for the “hazardous” designation. They voi …"

"… es. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the likely incoming chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued a joint statement with Senator-elect Sh …"

American Future Fund: No election, little cash

By Carrie Levine

American Future Fund's income plummeted in 2013 — a non-election year — after massive haul in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Future Fund":

"… iles its next annual tax return. …"

"… an $6.4 million in 2013, a non-election year.. This continues a trend for American Future Fund, one of several politically active nonprofits with ties to the Koch brothe …"

"… orts far less revenue in non-election years. About one third of the money American Future Fund received in 2013 came from two large contributors, one who gave $1.25 mill …"

"… lfare” nonprofit organized under section 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code, American Future Fund is not required to disclose the identities of its donors, but must itemize …"

One-stop science shop has become a favorite of industry—and Texas

By Rosalind Adams and Lisa Song

The EPA's sluggishness in assessing chemicals has created opportunities for a consulting firm with ties to chemical and tobacco interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… ommittee since its inception, just as he is a permanent board member—and president—of TERA. The alliance displays a long list of sponsors on its …"

FEC gets modest budget boost

By Dave Levinthal

The election watchdog's 2015 funding level reverses years of cuts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ann Ravel":

"… ederal agencies for employee satisfaction. The FEC in 2015 will be led by Ann Ravel, a Democrat. Ravel's commission colleagues on Wednesday voted 5-0 to appoi …"

Urban League parrots telecom donors' net-neutrality stance

By Allan Holmes and John Dunbar

Civil rights group calls for lighter Internet regulation that would benefit telecommunications donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Comcast":

"… was very much the same as that of David Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest Internet service provider. It’s not unusu …"

"… the nation’s largest Internet service provider. It’s not unusual that Comcast would make that argument, but it seemed a little odd that the Urban League …"

"… sat on the Urban League’s board of trustees since 2008. In addition, the Comcast Foundation, headed by Cohen, gave the National Urban League and some of it …"

"… upporter,” said the Urban League in an emailed statement to the Center. Comcast, when asked about the financial assistance, was indignant. To suggest that …"

Citing health risks, New York State bans fracking

By Talia Buford

"The potential risks are too great," says the state's acting health commissioner. "In fact, they are not fully known."

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… nia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, all of which allow fracking. Dave Spigelmyer, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry group, pointed to Penns …"

New FEC chief on 'dark money' mission

By Dave Levinthal

New Chairwoman Ann Ravel says she'll fight to out people behind secretive political cash, regardless of party.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ioners continue to serve despite the ends of their terms because President Barack Obama has not nominated, and the U.S. Senate has not approved, people to replace …"

Advisory panel tells Congress the nuclear weapons complex is too big and too old

By Douglas Birch

A congressional advisory panel says the nuclear weapons complex can be scaled down and modernized with less regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… imate guarantee against major war and coercion,” the report said, “and America’s allies depend on these forces and capabilities” for their own defens …"

"… safe, secure and reliable,” saying the very expensive work to modernize America’s warheads so far has helped the administration’s efforts to reduce th …"

Jeb Bush explores White House bid — unconventionally

By Carrie Levine

Instead of traditional presidential exploratory committee, potential GOP candidate GOP to create a leadership PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… n limits,” said Kenneth Gross, a former associate general counsel of the Federal Election Commission who leads the political law practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & …"

"… uch leadership PACs can raise before Bush is officially a candidate, while Federal Election Commission regulations prohibit exploratory committees from raising “funds in exces …"

Who's responsible for the CIA's torture policy?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Who's who in authorizing the CIA's brutal treatment of detainees.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… News Bruce Jessen screengrab from ABC News …"

"… ton believed they were withholding information about future attacks on the United States. As it turned out, some of those who were harshly treated had no such info …"

A long-term blank check for 'war' spending

By Julia Harte

In the federal budget, emergency spending for combat operations is the new normal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… table oddity inside the special fund meant to support combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan: a new $810 million U.S. defense initiative to "reass …"

"… ry and emergency requirements” associated with U.S. combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, many experts say its continued use is emblematic of …"

"… funding was supposed to decline and then disappear as combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan wound down. But that target has receded, if not disap …"

"… many programs in the OCO budget that have little or nothing to do with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The new Defense Authorization Act for 2015, which ma …"

Plant expansions fueled by shale gas boom to boost greenhouse gas, toxic air emissions

By Talia Buford

At least 120 planned plant expansions driven by the fracking boom collectively could release 130 million tons per year of greenhouse gases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… ries and fertilizer plants in places like Mont Belvieu, Texas, and Monaca, Pennsylvania.  They have asked state regulators for permission to release a collec …"

Koch-linked operative mum on mystery millions

By Michael Beckel

Sean Noble oversaw a seven-figure grant to American Commitment, which says it wasn't the beneficiary. So where did the money go?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… hen asked about this apparent discrepancy, which was first reported by the Center for Responsive Politics, American Commitment President Phil Kerpen said his group didn’t get the …"

Senate report says CIA repeatedly misled policymakers about interrogation program

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Senate report says CIA repeatedly tried to mislead policymakers about interrogation program to escape scrutiny and criticism

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… did. He said only detainees suspected of knowing about attacks against the United States or its interests or the whereabouts of Bin Laden were subjected to EIT, bu …"

Luxembourg tax deals for Disney, Koch brothers empires revealed

By Alison Fitzgerald and Marina Walker Guevara

New leak discloses secret tax agreements between major American companies and Luxembourg.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… embourg that may have helped them slash the taxes they pay in the U.S. and Europe, according to the documents obtained by the International Consortium of In …"

"… stigation has sparked swift condemnation and calls for reform in Europe. In the wake of the revelations, Jean-Claude Juncker, the new president of …"

"… the wake of the revelations, Jean-Claude Juncker, the new president of the European Commission, who was prime minister of Luxembourg while many of the contr …"

"… troversial tax policies were enacted, survived a no-confidence vote in the European Parliament but saw his leadership questioned. Juncker has firmly m …"