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Grading the nation: How accountable is your state?

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Caitlin Ginley, iWatch NewsThe tales are sadly familiar to even the most casual observer of state politics.In Georgia, more than 650 government emp...

John Celock

New Jersey Tops Anti-Corruption List, Study Says | John Celock | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new study named a state known for government scandals and arrests as in the best position to prevent corruption. The State Integri...

You'll Never Guess Which State Is One Of The Best At Fighting Corruption

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2012 | Business

* States doing poor job fighting corruption * Only five states receive "B" grade, none get "A" * Ailing newspapers' watc...

Gore Occupies, Soros Opines

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Talk is cheap. In this business you get what you pay for in blood, toil, sweat, tears, passion, idealism, activism, commitment and, yes, you better believe it, in money.

Do the Murdochs Have the Requisite "Character" to Maintain Their FCC Licenses?

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.14.2012 | Media
Paul Abrams

The continuing and escalating scandals in the United Kingdom relating to Murdoch-owned and -operated news gathering organizations raise serious questions about whether they are fit to run a company that owns and operates cable stations under US law.

Secrecy and Corruption at the NTIA

J.H. Snider | Posted 05.12.2012 | Technology
J.H. Snider

Anything short of this type of personal liability is unlikely to provide agency heads with an adequate incentive to comply with FOIA under circumstances when they believe that compliance could damage their careers.

Lucia Graves

New Website Chronicles Republican Scandals | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a series of Republican ethics allegations, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched on Monday. ...

Will Main Street or Wall Street Get Dealt the Upper Hand on STOCK Act?

Craig Holman | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Craig Holman

In the weeks following an explosive 60 Minutes exposé on congressional insider trading, both chambers of Congress nearly unanimously passed the "Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge" (STOCK) Act. But there is still no law. What's the holdup?

Why America Needs Campaign Finance Reform Now

Kyle Victor | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Kyle Victor

To say that the eventual winner of the presidency will not be beholden to his mega-donors, and to their particular economic interests, borders on delusional. And this seriously threatens the ability of the president to act in the interests of the general public, which is worrisome.

Are the Koch Brothers Funding Rush Limbaugh?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Are the Koch brothers funding Limbaugh? I'm not sure Rush has ever sent them an invoice. But he doesn't have to. And that's what's so insidious about what the Kochs do.

How Citizens United Unleashed Campaign Spending in Federal Elections by Tax-Exempt Organizations

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

There are two types of entities injecting hundreds of millions of dollars in unlimited contributions into our federal elections as the result of the Citizens United decision.

Citizens United and Contributions to Super PACs: A Little History Is in Order

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The argument that the Citizens United decision has had little responsibility for the torrent of unlimited individual contributions being spent by Super PACs is wrong. A little history is in order.

Chicago Deserves a Political Makeover

Alonso Zaragoza | Posted 04.22.2012 | Chicago
Alonso Zaragoza

Nepotism and patronage might have been useful in old Chicago, but they have no place in today's society.

How Corporate Lobbyists Stole the Conservative Brand

Josh Silver | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Josh Silver

Real conservative Americans should be seriously irked after the Heartland document leak. Think tanks like Heartland falsely brand themselves as conservative while blindly espousing a free market free-for-all that history proves as untenable.

Why Oil Exporting Countries Need Transparency

Raymond Baker | Posted 04.15.2012 | World
Raymond Baker

We've compiled a slideshow of the top 10 oil exporting countries and listed the cost that corruption and financial opacity has on each country's economy.

Kitchen Sink Laundry Lists and Broken Clocks

John Wagner Givens | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
John Wagner Givens

Corruption perceptions indices suggest that China is not especially corrupt for its level of development and actually does better than many more developed countries, including Russia, Argentina, and Mexico.

Miami Isn't Miserable, But the People Who "Run" It Are

Jose Suarez | Posted 04.10.2012 | Miami
Jose Suarez

Last week, Forbes decided to list Miami as the most miserable city in the country. But you have to read in between the lines to understand what is really wrong with Miami.

Elections Are for Suckers

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Our own elections, the ones our government has modeled for the world, are a hoax. What other word should we use to describe this year's presidential election, whose outcome will turn on which party's Super PACs gets the most generous bribes from billionaires?

Super PAC Legality? We Don't Believe in the Tooth Fairy Either

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Based on recent published reports, we believe that both the Super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, Restore our Future, and the Super PAC supporting President Barack Obama, Priorities USA Action, are illegal operations.

Heart of Darkness

Mike Lux | Posted 04.07.2012 | Business
Mike Lux

Not in everything, but definitely in this, the founders were right. The financial industry got too powerful, and they assumed and operated as if they were above the law. And the rest of us paid a huge price, and are paying it still.

One-sided Death Toll

José Fernando López | Posted 04.07.2012 | Latino Voices
José Fernando López

The truth is that this involves an extreme and evident danger to the United States: no one pays enough attention in the political world to the procedures used by the drug traffickers on U.S. soil.

Corruption, And What to Do About It

Will Guzzardi | Posted 04.04.2012 | Chicago
Will Guzzardi

Too many of us, when we think about politics here in Illinois, roll our eyes and throw up our hands. We need to fundamentally change the way business is conducted. The way I see it, there are three important ways to do this.

Corruption Watchdogs Have a Hot New Blogger: Jack Abramoff

Steve Clemons | Posted 04.04.2012 | Media
Steve Clemons

Holy Indian reservation roulette wheels Batman! The newly launched Republic Report, an anti-corruption blog focusing on how self-interested dollars are warping the public-interest responsibilities of America's democratic institutions, has actually hired convicted felon Jack Abramoff to be one of its lead bloggers.

India Should Look to Hong Kong's Example in Its Fight Against Corruption

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.03.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

In fashioning legislation and a structure aimed at eliminating widespread corruption, India should look to the experience of Hong Kong and its three-pronged approach to fighting corruption: deterrence, prevention (both through law enforcement), and community education.

Super PAC Disclosure Reports Reveal Out-of-Control and Corrupt System

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The Super PAC disclosure reports being filed this week reveal an out-of-control and corrupt system that is doing enormous damage to our political system and to our democracy.