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Entries by The Center for Public Integrity from 08/2011

Conservative donor Bob Perry gives big to Pawlenty, Romney -- and Rick Perry

| Posted 08.04.2011 | Politics

By Aaron Mehta, iWatch News 4:46 pm, August 4, 2011One of t...

As housing crisis festers, mortgage servicers spend $8 million on political contributions

| Posted 08.05.2011 | Business

By Michael Hudson and Aaron Mehta, ...

S&P Not Shy About Using Its Clout Politically

| Posted 08.09.2011 | Business

Critics charge S&P played an important role in lobbying to prevent Wall Street from being held accountable for abusive practices -- and by providing their seal of approval to toxic mortgages that helped spark America's economic woes.

FBI Brags About Chasing Down Mortgage Fraudsters But Big Banks Are Left Untouched

| Posted 08.16.2011 | Business

The FBI's 2010 "Year in Review" mortgage fraud report says the agency has used wiretaps, undercover operatives and "tactical analysis coupled with advanced statistical correlations and computer technologies." Not everyone is impressed.

Bush Appointee Allows VA Employee to Be Overpaid $41,000 and Commute to D.C. From Ark.

| Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics

A new redacted report details how Charles L. Gephart was promoted to a higher-paying position in Washington, D.C., even though he continued to live in Fayetteville, Ark.

What To Expect From A President Perry On The Environment? Some Texas-Sized Clues

| Posted 08.18.2011 | Green

Rick Perry's record as governor of Texas reveals the chairman of the state environmental agency writing vitriolic letters to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and questioning the science behind climate change.

Federal Fracking Response Could Be Years Away

| Posted 08.18.2011 | Green

By Evan Bush, iWatch News 6:00 am, August 18, 2011A liquid concoction, often laced with toxic chemicals, is a central villain in the controvers...

Rick Perry Can Come From Behind in Fundraising With Texas-Size Donations

| Posted 08.19.2011 | Politics

Rick Perry needs to move fast in the presidential money chase to capitalize on his strong suit: the army of large donors who have raised more than $100 million for his gubernatorial campaigns since 2001.

Borrower Nightmares: Navy pension signed over as collateral for costly quick cash

| Posted 08.19.2011 | Business

By Jason McLure, iWatch News 6:00 am, August 19, 2011It was a run of bad luck that pu...

Judge orders Obama administration to release all White House visitor names

| Posted 08.19.2011 | Politics

By Fred Schulte, iWatch News 12:42 pm, August 19, 2011In o...

There are many restrictions on official government travel, but they've been ignored

| Posted 08.19.2011 | Politics

By Corbin Hiar, iWatch News 12:17 pm, August 19, 2011...

Top Health Information Technology Firms Prefer 'Revolving Door' Lobbyists

| Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

Even by Washington standards, health information technology companies seem exceptional; 70% of registered lobbyists who worked for such firms in the past two quarters have passed through Washington's infamous "revolving door."

Environmental law violations found at scores of tribal schools run by Interior Department

| Posted 08.23.2011 | Green

By Alexandra Duszak, iWatch News...

Romney hosts fundraiser at La Jolla home that is a 'tear down' property

| Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics

By Peter H. Stone, iWatch NewsAt his ocean front home in chic La Jolla, Mitt Romney is hosting a party for scores of his top campaign bundlers to mo...

What Are the Risks of an Earthquake Beneath a Reactor Near You?

| Posted 08.23.2011 | Green

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said two reactors were taken off line near Lake Anna in central Virginia, near the epicenter of Tuesday's earthquake, which shook buildings up and down the east coast.

Romney Fundraiser Jumps From Campaign to Super PAC

| Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics

By Peter H. Stone, iWatch NewsTop Romney campaign fundraiser Steve Roche has jumped to Restore Our Future to help spearhead the Super PAC's multimil...

Since 9/11, Koch Industries Has Fought Against Tougher Government Rules on Chemical Plants

| Posted 08.24.2011 | Green

Koch Industries, a leader of industry resistance to proposed post-9/11 anti-terrorism safeguards at petrochemical plants, owns 56 facilities using hazardous chemicals that put 4.8 million Americans who live nearby at risk.

SLIDESHOW: A guide to the Republican candidates' views on climate change

| Posted 08.25.2011 | Green

By Evan Bush, iWatch NewsMany Republican candidates are challenging the government's role in protecting the environment, and showing that Obama isn'...

Windfalls of war: Ex-Halliburton subsidiary KBR, the government's concierge

| Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

By Sharon Weinberger, iWatch NewsThe rush to war in the months following the terrorist attacks of 9/11 created an urgency in the Pentagon, not just ...

Perry assembles extraordinary bundler ranks in early weeks of campaign

| Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

By Peter H. Stone, iWatch NewsRick Perry's GOP presidential campaign has rapidly assembled an impressive roster of bundlers who have each signed up ...

40% of public schools on military bases get poor or failing report card

| Posted 08.30.2011 | Education

By Emma Schwartz, iWatch NewsA substantial number of public schools on military bases are in either poor or failing condition, and many are overcrow...

Obama-backed solar firm collapses after big federal loan guarantee

| Posted 08.31.2011 | Green

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk, iWatch News...