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The Center for Public Integrity

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  1. Podcasts

    Podcasts The Center's podcast series, narrated by Bill Buzenberg, features our reporters and sources discussing investigations. Read more

  2. The Millionaire’s Media Megaphone

    The Millionaire’s Media Megaphone Rich people live lives that most everyone else can only imagine. They can buy the nicest cars, drink the finest wines, afford the best doctors,… Read more

  1. Commentary: The Broken Campaign Finance System: An American Political Tradition

    Commentary: The Broken Campaign Finance System: An American Political Tradition When Mark Hanna stepped in as a fundraiser for William McKinley’s 1896 reelection campaign, he took the unprecedented, if notorious, approach of tapping into a… Read more

  2. The Billion Dollar Election: Parts One and Two

    The Billion Dollar Election: Parts One and Two The BBC Radio World Service's Steve Evans examines independent expenditure committees and the buying of ambassadorships in a two-part documentary series based on the Center… Read more

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  1. Center Unveils Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting Finalists

    Center Unveils Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting Finalists WASHINGTON, D.C., August 21, 2008 — The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is proud to announce the finalists for… Read more

  2. “Safe” Pesticides Now First in Poisonings

    “Safe” Pesticides Now First in Poisonings WASHINGTON, D.C., July 31, 2008 — According to a new Center investigation, Perils of the New Pesticides, pyrethrins and… Read more

  1. The Center in the News

    The Center in the News The latest media coverage of Center projects. Read more

  2. Marianne Szegedy-Maszak Named New Center Board Chair

    Marianne Szegedy-Maszak Named New Center Board Chair WASHINGTON, D.C., July 8, 2008 — The Center for Public Integrity’s Board of Directors has elected Marianne Szegedy-Maszak as its new board chair. Szegedy-Maszak, a… Read more

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  1. Over the Limit

    Rusk County, Texas — A gentle twilight pink stretches across the sky, touching the waters of Martin Creek Lake. The still air, smelling only of East Texas pines, brings the faint sounds of wildlife in the surrounding woods. Smog and traffic seem much further away than the 145-mile drive to Dallas.

  2. States of Disclosure

    Washington State is tops in making it easy to track the private interests of public officials, and Vermont, Michigan, and Idaho tie for last in the Center’s national ranking. Check where your state ranks.

  3. Collateral Damage

    Post-9/11 U.S. foreign policy and military aid and assistance had a huge impact in nations around the world — and at home. This award-winning project includes 20 articles from four continents.

  4. Wasting Away

    The Superfund isn’t so super anymore. A year-long investigation examined all 1,624 Superfund sites and found daunting toxic threats across the country 27 years after the Environmental Protection Agency program was launched.

  5. The Shadow Government

    At least 900 little-known federal advisory committees wield enormous influence over government policy, some to good ends — but many have become secretive, ideological, or packed with industry representatives.

  6. Divine Intervention

    A year-long investigation of President Bush’s initiative to fight AIDS abroad finds that conservative ideology hinders its real benefits by insisting on abstinence-only programs over promoting condom use.

  1. Well Connected

    This project offers a comprehensive examination of business and legislative influences on media — and includes the Media Tracker, a searchable online database of who owns the media serving any U.S. community.

  2. Power Trips

    200 trips to Paris? 150 to Hawaii? 140 to Italy? The Center’s investigation of how private interests gain access to members of Congress by funding supposedly educational or investigative travel.

  3. Katrina Watch

    Government contracts awarded for cleanup and reconstruction after Hurricane Katrina are collected in a searchable database, and the best coverage of what happened on the Gulf Coast is gathered and categorized.

  4. LobbyWatch

    An investigation into the state of federal lobbying identifies the top 100 lobbying companies and organizations — led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — as well as the top 250 lobbying firms.

  5. Outsourcing the Pentagon

    Who’s winning the big contracts? Between 1998 and 2004 no-bid contracts accounted for more than 40 percent of Pentagon contracting, totaling $368 billion — and many contractors were generous campaign donors.

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
  1. September 03, 2008, 11:42 am

    The Need to Secede

    By Andrew Green and Aaron Mehta

    The Need to Secede So there was something of a hullabaloo this weekend when rumors came down that GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin was once a member of the Alaskan Independence Party. The party with the motto “Alaska First – Alaska Always” has a reputation as a secessionist organization (though that overstates the case a bit — they merely want Alaskans to have a vote to determine if they will remain in the union). The McCain camp has since shot back that Palin has never been anything but a card-carrying Republican (though there are reports that her husband was an AIP member for most of the period between 1995 and 2002). Read more


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  2. September 02, 2008, 8:00 am

    No Star Turn for McCain and Obama at the Local Cineplex

    By Caitlin Ginley

    No Star Turn for McCain and Obama at the Local Cineplex Looking for a reprieve from the political echo chamber this election season? Your best bet may be to head to the local movie theater, which, unlike the bookstore or boob tube, is almost certain to be free of brass-knuckle attacks on McCain or Obama. Though Michael Moore showed four summers ago with Fahrenheit 9/11, that politically driven documentaries could fill the seats, movie theaters have since mellowed. That’s in part because political attack movies struggle, not necessarily to attract an audience, but to comply with the regs laid down by the Federal Election Commission. Read more


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  3. August 29, 2008, 12:07 pm

    The Buying of Sarah Palin?

    By Sarah Laskow

    The Buying of Sarah Palin? The Dems may be trying to tag John McCain as George W. Bush Jr., but McCain, with his pick of Sarah Palin for VP, is clearly trying to shore up his own image as a maverick who fights for reform. Palin, the governor of Alaska, has earned a reputation as a government reformer, having run for the Statehouse on a platform of cleaning up Juneau. One of her first acts was pushing ethics bills that advocated greater access to politicians’ financial disclosure reports and restricted gifts from lobbyists to public officials. Nevertheless, as with Joe Biden, we still must ask, does anyone own Sarah Palin? Read more


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  4. August 28, 2008, 8:00 am

    Little House(s) and the Veepstakes: Part Two

    By Aaron Mehta

    Little House(s) and the Veepstakes: Part Two Last week, after John McCain had trouble remembering how many homes he owned, PaperTrail took a look at the number of houses owned by the top four candidates for Democratic VP. As you’re no doubt aware, Obama picked Joe Biden, the owner of a mere one home (assessed value: $527,500). In advance of John McCain’s selection of his veep, we now pose the same question, but for the other side of the aisle: How many houses do McCain’s leading VP choices own? Read more


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  5. August 27, 2008, 9:46 am

    Pro-Hillary 527 Takes Aim at McCain

    By Josh Israel

    Pro-Hillary 527 Takes Aim at McCain The American Leadership Project is back. This pro-Hillary Clinton group is a 527 – one of those independent nonprofits notorious for skirting campaign finance law – and now it’s targeting John McCain with a new ad. The ALP’s latest: “More Money, More Problems,” warning that McCain’s energy plan will bring “more money for Big Oil” and more problems for average Americans. The price tag for these ads? More than $75,000, according to the group’s FEC filings. Read more


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  6. August 26, 2008, 1:56 pm

    The Buying of Joe Biden?

    By Josh Israel

    The Buying of Joe Biden? Following Barack Obama’s announcement of his running mate Saturday, the blogosphere and traditional media have been atwitter with the question of who, if anyone, owns Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. Since we have more than a passing interest in the influence money has on politics, we decided to throw our two cents in, as well. Read more


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  7. August 25, 2008, 2:58 pm

    Big Coal’s Big-Time Lobby

    By Matthew Lewis

    Big Coal’s Big-Time Lobby Convention-goers in Denver and St. Paul won’t be able to miss the $2 million advertising blitz planned by businesses promoting “clean coal” as key to the nation’s energy future. But chances are, the politicians flying in from the nation’s capital are already well aware of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity’s message. A Center for Public Integrity analysis shows that the newly formed group spent $4.7 million on lobbying so far this year — more than any other organization that described itself in disclosure forms as devoted exclusively to influencing climate change legislation. Read more


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  8. August 22, 2008, 3:55 pm

    Little House(s) and the Veepstakes: Part One

    By Andrew Green and Aaron Mehta

    Little House(s) and the Veepstakes: Part One Two stories have dominated the political news cycle of late: vice presidential picks and the number of houses the presidential candidates own. The obvious next step, then, is to ask how many houses the potential vice presidents own. Read more


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  9. August 20, 2008, 8:23 am

    “Obamabortion” Group Challenges FEC Regs

    By Marianne Lavelle

    “Obamabortion” Group Challenges FEC Regs A new anti-abortion group has its sights set beyond just running ads and launching viral Internet attacks on Barack Obama. The group wants to overturn the federal election law that could rein in not only its own activities but those of any so-called issue advocacy groups. Read more


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