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Urban League parrots telecom donors' net-neutrality stance

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Dec 18, 2014

RT @ATHolmes: “What seems like what is happening is clearly happening." Minority groups mirror their donors' net neutrality stance. ow.ly/G7H4c

Dec 18, 2014

RT @JohnDunbar14: Urban League's close ties to Comcast may explain group's pro-ISP stance on network neutrality. publicintegrity.org/2014/12/18/165…

Dec 18, 2014

The @NatUrbanLeague is advocating against strict #netneutrality regs. Who's on its board? A top @Comcast executive ow.ly/G7S35

Dec 18, 2014

Urban League's close ties to Comcast may explain group's pro-ISP stance on network neutrality. publicintegrity.org/2014/12/18/165…

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Texas weakens chemical exposure guidelines, opens door for polluters

publicintegrity.org — Honeycutt's 15-member division is one of the largest state toxicology departments in the country. In addition to setting air-quality guidelines, it reviews air and water monitoring data, advises emergency crews after chemical accidents and provides scientific expertise to agency officials.
Dec 18, 2014

Top scientist for Texas environmental agency criticizes EPA's science on toxic chemicals, embraces industry. publicintegrity.org/2014/12/18/165…

Dec 18, 2014

Tex. state rep: Lead scientist for Tex. enviro agency "doesn't give a tinker's dam about public health." publicintegrity.org/2014/12/18/165… via @PublicI

Dec 18, 2014

RT @jsmithhopkins: Eye-opening story by @lisalsong & @RosalindZAdams on how Texas' environmental agency makes life easier for polluters htt…

Dec 18, 2014

Texas weakens chemical exposure guidelines, opens door for polluters publicintegrity.org/2014/12/18/165… via @PublicI, @lisalsong & Rosalind Adams

Dec 18, 2014

Eye-opening story by @lisalsong & @RosalindZAdams on how Texas' environmental agency makes life easier for polluters bit.ly/1z0Q3R8

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FEC gets modest budget boost

publicintegrity.org — After several years of budget cuts, the Federal Election Commission will receive a modest funding boost. Congress' government funding bill, signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama, allots $67.5 million for the agency, which enforces and administers the federal government's election laws.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @Publici: Congress' funding bill provides oft-gridlocked FEC w/ more funding for 2015 than it has received in a decade bit.ly/1z1yO24

Dec 18, 2014

After years of cuts, Federal Election Commission gets modest budget boost for 2015 ow.ly/G7Bd0

Florida homeowners catch a break in courts

publicintegrity.org — "If this is examined out in the light, I think the overall legal community will reject this hands down," he said. The decision by the local rules committee essentially said the judges' orders had exceeded their authority, because administrative orders are reserved for issues related to running the court system and not to legal proceedings.

Citing health risks, New York State bans fracking

publicintegrity.org — New York State will ban hydraulic fracturing -- fracking -- within its borders, officials announced Wednesday, citing potential health risks. At Governor Andrew Cuomo's year-end cabinet meeting, acting state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said there need to be more studies on the health effects of fracking -- pumping water, sand and chemicals into the ground to dislodge natural gas and oil -- before the practice is allowed in New York.

New FEC chief on 'dark money' mission

publicintegrity.org — Democrats made sport of decrying, vilifying and crucifying the billionaire Koch brothers for injecting hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Republican-boosting "dark money" into the 2014 elections. But newly minted Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ann Ravel - a left-leaning Democrat and campaign finance reformer, by most any political measure - has no appetite for such theater.
Dec 18, 2014

Four of six FEC commissioners are still serving despite their terms having long ago expired ow.ly/G4Ig8

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Support your environment and labor watchdog

donate.publicintegrity.org — Energy and chemical companies are working hard to craft the narrative you hear about how their industries affect your and your family's health. Oil and gas companies are fracking and drilling across the country in states like Texas, Louisiana and North Dakota. Chemical companies continue to deny the long-term health impact of toxic substances like benzene and arsenic.
Dec 18, 2014

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Dec 17, 2014

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Secretive nonprofits flourished - and succeeded - in 2014 state elections

publicintegrity.org — Groups can drop in from afar, and then essentially disappear as they did in some state supreme court races. At least four mysterious groups targeted candidates for state judicial races - contests historically removed from political blood sport. Such secretive spending is especially concerning within the judicial community because donors could come before a judge whom their dollars helped elect.
Dec 18, 2014

Secretive nonprofits flourished — and succeeded — in 2014 state elections ow.ly/G4Hsl via @ReityOBrien of @PublicI

Dec 17, 2014

TV ads by secretive non-profits ... Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French warrants a mention publicintegrity.org/2014/12/17/165…

Dec 17, 2014

Secretive nonprofits flourished — and succeeded — in 2014 state elections ow.ly/G3nuW h/t @ReityOBrien

Dec 17, 2014

#darkmoney in the states: @ReityOBrien finds secretive nonprofits flourished in 2014 state elections ow.ly/G3nLS

Dec 17, 2014

Nonprofits that did not disclose their funders spent at least $25M on TV ads in state elections ow.ly/G3oHz @CMAGAdFacts @Publici

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

publicintegrity.org — Sign up for the Center for Public Integrity's Watchdog email and get the news you want from the Center when you want it. Panel member Franklin C. Miller, a former defense department official and special assistant to President George W. Bush, also holds a seat on Sandia's board.
Dec 18, 2014

Congressionally-appointed panel full of industry-linked experts urges more $ for nuke modernization,by @DMalcolmBirch publicintegrity.org/2014/12/17/165…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @Publici: Advisory panel weighted w/ experts tied to nuclear contractors say U.S. nuclear complex is "too old and too big" bit.ly/1yYeC18

Dec 17, 2014

Ask nuke weapons contractors how to fix the Energy Department and the answer you get is, well, predictable. CPI story:publicintegrity.org/2014/12/17/165…

Sex, drugs and political money

publicintegrity.org — Dave Levinthal (left), senior political reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, interviews Lindsay Mark Lewis on C-SPAN2 program "After Words" about his new book on political fundraising. You smuggle marijuana in the handbag of a leading Democrat's wife. You pass out drunk underneath your desk when the House of Representatives' minority leader comes looking for you.
Dec 17, 2014

Federal Election Commission tweets something once every 3 days. NASA? About one tweet every 90 mins ow.ly/G4529

Jeb Bush explores White House bid - unconventionally

publicintegrity.org — Former Florida Gov. JebBush, right, speaks to reporters after an education rally at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Now that Jeb Bush has decided to "actively explore" running for president, all eyes will turn to his fundraising.
Dec 17, 2014

Why does Jeb Bush want to launch a leadership PAC? @levinecarrie explores ow.ly/G3oXn

Dec 17, 2014

RT @Publici: Jeb Bush says he will form a leadership PAC instead of a traditional presidential exploratory committee bit.ly/1DMxU1G

Dec 17, 2014

Jeb Bush chose to "actively explore" a presidential race with a vehicle allowing for maximum fundraising. publicintegrity.org/2014/12/16/165…

Dec 17, 2014

Donors will be able to give to Jeb Bush's new PAC, and give again once he's officially a candidate. publicintegrity.org/2014/12/16/165…

Dec 16, 2014

Donors to Jeb Bush's leadership PAC will be free to give more if he runs. publicintegrity.org/2014/12/16/165…

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'I felt like I was getting pelted with excrement': Readers weigh in on political ads

publicintegrity.org — A few weeks ago, we started asking readers to think back to the months leading up to Election Day and share their thoughts on the flood of political advertising. (That flood of ads, by the way, grew to about 1.5 million TV ads - for state-level races alone.
Dec 16, 2014

RT @Publici: We asked readers to tell us what they think of political ads — here's what they had to say bit.ly/1yVu3Hl

Dec 16, 2014

RT @Publici: We asked readers to tell us what they think of political ads — here's what they had to say bit.ly/1yVu3Hl

Dec 16, 2014

RT @kytja: 'I felt like I was getting pelted with excrement': Readers weigh in on political ads publicintegrity.org/2014/12/16/165… via @PublicI

Dec 16, 2014

'I felt like I was getting pelted with excrement': Readers weigh in on political ads publicintegrity.org/2014/12/16/165… via @PublicI

Dec 16, 2014

RT @Publici: 'I felt like I was getting pelted with excrement': Readers weigh in on political ads bit.ly/131EiBb

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Your health care watchdog in 2014

donate.publicintegrity.org — Whether you're shopping for a new health plan or looking for health care coverage you won't find anywhere else, the Center for Public Integrity is your watchdog in the public interest. Thanks to {[{match.source_label}]}, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar up to {[{ match.max|currency:'$':0 }]} now through {[{match.end_label}]} ({[{match.end*1000 | date:'MMM d, yyyy'}]}).
Dec 17, 2014

Help keep health care investigative journalism and analysis alive and well, and visit publicintegrity.org often ow.ly/G4nyM

Dec 16, 2014

At year's end, hope folks will consider supporting the Center's landmark health policy reporting: bit.ly/1DIEt56

Your broadband watchdog

donate.publicintegrity.org — The issue of net neutrality has meant there's more attention on major broadband providers and how they plan to manage access to their networks and the information flowing over them to maximize profits, address government regulation and innovate in the years ahead. This year, the Center investigated some of those broadband issues.
Dec 16, 2014

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Charities risked tax-exempt status with political ads

publicintegrity.org — Also in North Carolina, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, another charitable nonprofit aimed at protecting the environment, spent an estimated $500,000 airing an ad that expressed support for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat who lost her seat in November. "Who's behind the attacks on Kay Hagan?
Dec 17, 2014

Charities risked tax-exempt status with political ads bit.ly/1sAryOi via @PublicI

Dec 17, 2014

RT @ReityOBrien: Charities prohibited from spending $ on politics appear to have stretched the rules in 2014. ow.ly/FYOAQ @RachelBaye

Dec 16, 2014

Charities risked tax-exempt status with political ads publicintegrity.org/2014/12/15/164… via @PublicI

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High-stakes health care battle in the Green Mountain state

publicintegrity.org — Sign up for the Center for Public Integrity's Watchdog email and get the news you want from the Center when you want it. The goal of the insurance industry will be to generate fear, uncertainty and doubt among the state's residents and business owners.
Dec 16, 2014

RT @Buzenberg: Get ready for health insurance industry's stealth smear campaign against Vermont's Single Payer system publicintegrity.org/2014/12/15/165… via @PublicI

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

publicintegrity.org — Following the 9/11 attacks, the United States government created a network of secret prisons outside its borders to interrogate suspected terrorists without the constraints imposed by international and domestic norms governing prisoners of war. Some of those who were imprisoned were subjected to extraordinarily brutal interrogations, because CIA officials in Washington believed they were withholding information about future attacks on the United States.
Dec 17, 2014

Jessen & J. Mitchell have now edged out Jose Rodriguez as the favorites among our CIA torture policy baseball cards. publicintegrity.org/2014/12/12/152…

Dec 16, 2014

Naming names and dirty deeds in the CIA torture scandal. bit.ly/1vWSe6b

Dec 16, 2014

RT @rjsmithcpi: We've added Mitchell & Jessen to our CIA torture policy baseball cards. Each one is tweetable. A holiday potpourri. http://…

Dec 16, 2014

We've added Mitchell & Jessen to our CIA torture policy baseball cards. Each one is tweetable. A holiday potpourri. publicintegrity.org/2014/12/12/152…

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'Revolving door' spins between AT&T, GSA

publicintegrity.org — Casey Coleman, client executive vice president for AT&T Government Solutions and former chief information officer of the General Services Administration That AT&T just won an eight-figure contract to provide the federal government's General Services Administration with new mobile devices isn't itself particularly notable.
Dec 14, 2014

RT @Publici: Former GSA official began working for AT&T in January, and AT&T was just awarded a $12.8M GSA contract bit.ly/1Dof1Sh

Dec 14, 2014

RT @Publici: Former GSA official began working for AT&T in January, and AT&T was just awarded a $12.8M GSA contract bit.ly/1Dof1Sh

Dec 14, 2014

RT @Publici: Former GSA official began working for AT&T in January, and AT&T was just awarded a $12.8M GSA contract bit.ly/1Dof1Sh

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