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  • The Lobbies at the Top

    The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics documents spending on lobbying statewide, as reported by the entities seeking influence and the lobbyists they hire. In 2011, companies, advocacy groups and unions spent $220 million on lobbying in the state, a record high. One in four of those dollars targeted New York City officials. This project examines the biggest-spending lobbying clients and the most active lobbying firms and shows what they sought to win — and who actually came out ahead.

    Tags: Lobbying; lobbyists; advocacy groups; New York City

    By Alice Brennan; Sam Guzik; Alyssa Katz; Michael Sullivan; Susan McGregor; Curtis Skinner; Sasha Chavkin; Alexander Hotz; Yolanne Almanzar; Matt Drange; Michael Keller

    The New York World

    2012

  • New York Times: Princelings

    The “Princelings” series looked at the business dealings of the relatives of China’s senior leaders, and how they were able, in some cases, to amass billions of dollars worth of shares in public and private companies. The Times gave a detailed account of the wealth accumulated by the family of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and the relatives of former Central Bank chief Dai Xianglong. The investigation found that much of the wealth was hidden behind layers of private companies, suggesting the wealth was intentionally disguised or hidden from the public. No media outlet had ever offered such a detailed account of the wealth of a family of a senior leader. The Times also found evidence that the family of the prime minister and the former Central Banker received pre-IPO shares of Ping An Insurance after those two senior officials were aggressively lobbied by executives at Ping An and their bankers. The lobbyists had sought special approval or licenses for Ping. The departments the two officials oversaw eventually gave the approval, The Times found.

    Tags: Chinese politicians; China's senior leaders; business dealings

    By David Barboza

    New York Times

    2012

  • Redistricting

    The investigation shows how sophisticated voter data, skilled map drawers, and lobbyists were used to manipulate district lines to protect their political friends or punish their enemies.

    Tags: redistricting; lobbyists; maps; special interest

    By Olga Pierce; Jeff Larson; Lois Beckett

    ProPublica

    2011

  • Dodd-Frank Meeting Logs

    The passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act included provisions, requiring five government financial agencies to log meetings with financial companies, employees, or lobbyists on their individual websites.

    Tags: Consumer Protection Act; Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform

    By Bill Allison, Anupama Narayanswamy, Nancy Watzman, Aaron Bycoffe

    Sunlight Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

    2011

  • Dodd-Frank Meeting Logs

    The passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act included provisions requiring five government financial agencies to log meetings with financial companies, employees or lobbyists on their individual websites.

    Tags: Dodd-Frank; consumer; Congess; financial industry

    By Bill Allison; Anupama Narayanswamy; Aaron Bycoffe; Nancy Watzman

    Sunlight Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

    2011

  • Poisoning the Press

    The narrative history of the bitter quarter-century struggle between Richard Nixon and Jack Anderson exposes corruption by both men and illustrates a larger story about the price of power in politics and journalism alike.

    Tags: Richard NIxon; Jack Anderson; presidency; lobbyist; White House

    By Mark Feldstein

    Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

    2010

  • "The Transportation Lobby"

    The team at The Center for Public Integrity launch a database of transportation lobbyists and integrated that with an interactive map. Search by public/private sector, lobbying firm, or project.

    Tags: transportation; bill; lobby; lobbyiests

    By Matthew Lewis, Erik Lincoln, M.B. Pell, David Donald, Gordon Witkin, Julie Vorman, Aaron Mehta

    Center for Public Integrity (Washington, D.C.)

    2010

  • "The Transportation Lobby"

    After discovering that there are more than 1,800 transportation interest groups the team at The Center for Public Integrity "compiled a database of transportation lobbyists and integrated that with an interactive map." Search by location, public/private sector, lobbying firm, or project.

    Tags: transportation; lobbyists; interest groups; road lobby

    By Matthew Lewis, Erik Lincoln, M.B. Pell, David Donald, Gordon Witkin, Julie Vorman, Aaron Mehta

    Center for Public Integrity (Washington, D.C.)

    2010

  • Watchdog website and its web pages

    The Oklahoman/NewsOK.com started this project in 2008 with the Right to Know page, a collection of databases developed internally to go along with stories and links to relevant public information. That site became part of the Watchdog page in 2009. In 2010, the staff continued to evolve the Watchdog page with "mini-sites" of investigative topics, such as a political corruption case at the Oklahoma Legislature; the staff's FOI fight over the birth dates of public employees; and allegations of bid-rigging with a married lawmaker and lobbyist for a private company seeking a state juvenile justice contract. Other "mini-sites" under Watchdog include ongoing coverage of the state Department of Human Services and the federal stimulus package.

    Tags: continuous coverage; online; watchdog; bid-rigging; Department of Human Services; federal stimulus; FOI; Right to Know

    By Oklahoman Watchdog Staff; Oklahoman Online Editors; Joe Hight; Paul Monies

    The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK)

    2010

  • Sponsored Bills in Sacramento: How Our Laws are Really Made

    The series takes an in-depth look at how many bills in the state legislature are written by outside sponsors and their lobbyists. It examines the connection between lawmakers who introduce these bills and the campaign contributions they receive from the groups that sponsored the bills.

    Tags: bill; lobby; government; bill process; state government

    By Karen de Sa

    San Jose Mercury News West

    2010