The Murtha Method

By The Center for Public Integrity

For months, a cloud has swirled around Congressman John Murtha (D-Pa.), chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee,

The end of the Blue Dogs’ fundraising boom?

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Though the past six months have been financially beneficial to the Blue Dog Coalition, it appears that the Dogs’ fundraising intake has slow

Better Blue Dog than New Democrat?

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

After our report last week about the hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions flowing from the energy, financial services

The Congressional Black Caucus vs. the Blue Dog coalition

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Following the coverage yesterday about the role of fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats in the U.S. House who seem to have stymied Presi

Labor unions top '09 PAC donors to Blue Dog coalition’s pro-business members

By Aaron Mehta and Josh Israel

Our examination of contributions to the political action committee of those fiscally conservative Democrats, the Blue Dogs, showed that the

Blue Dogs fill their bowls with cash

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Whether the subject is health care reform, climate change, or pay-as-you-go budgeting rules, almost everyone, it seems, suddenly wants to ta

Following the money for construction, campaigns

By Matthew Lewis

Critical deadlines are looming to renew funding for transportation projects, but there are differing approaches to the problem in the House

How does high-speed rail get from here to there?

By Matthew Lewis

Backers of high-speed rail service have never been more excited. Thanks to the unabashed enthusiasm of the Obama administration, $13 billion

FAA reauthorization ‘stuck on the tarmac’

By Matthew Lewis

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week introduced another bill to reauthorize the currently leaderless and conflict

New, performance-based method of divvying up funds at risk

By Matthew Lewis

Public transportation advocates are up in arms this week over the latest twist in an ongoing war between mass transit and highway funding in

Stimulus for planes, trains, but mostly automobiles.

By Joe Eaton

The big winner in the $825 billion stimulus proposal revealed Thursday by House Democrats is roads. State road projects get a proposed at $