Penn State Professor O'Neill
Questions About Penn State Professor O’Neill Referred to Ethics Office
Our Visit Sparks University Probe  Not long after we began investigating the hotel lobby’s campaign to undermine the more sustainable method of hospitality offered by home sharing, we became aware of Penn State Professor John O’Neill. Professor O’Neill is a well-known advocate for the hotel lobby (here) and is frequently called upon by journalists. But… Read more »
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Peter Ward
Peter Ward’s Union Gave $100,000 to the Hotel Association of NYC
Usually, labor unions and the business organizations they negotiate with have an adversarial relationship. That’s why it raised questions for us when we discovered that the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council (HTC)—the labor union representing over 35,000 hotel workers in the Empire State—gave $100,000 last year to the Hotel Association of New York City,… Read more »
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San Bruno Disaster Emails Published in a New, Searchable Database
Records The California Public Utilities Commission Didn’t Want You to See!  Today, we publish 120,746 emails and attachments exchanged between Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The 70,157 emails and 50,589 attachments are provided for free as a public service in a new database that allows for three different… Read more »
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Alford answer IRS
Will Harry Alford Answer IRS Questions?
Recently, Checks and Balances Project referred the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for potential abuses of its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. When the item ran in POLITICO Influence, NBCC President Harry C. Alford was quoted as saying that he desired a “constructive dialogue.” Although his desire for a positive… Read more »
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Arizonans Overwhelmingly Want Stump’s Text Messages Released
Arizonans Overwhelmingly Want Stump’s Text Messages Released
After Year of Evasion on Record Requests, New Poll Shows a Majority Reject Stump’s Assertions    (Note: this story was updated on March 8, 2016.)    Lawyers for the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) tried today to have a judge help it to continue blocking public access to thousands of work-related text messages on Commissioner Bob Stump’s… Read more »
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Columbia University President Asked to Compel Global Center on Energy Policy to Divulge Funding
Support by ExxonMobil Spurs Questions by Climate, Clean Energy, and Divestment Groups   Today, Checks and Balances Project and representatives of seven allied organizations sent a letter to Columbia University President Dr. Lee Bollinger, asking that he compel Jason Bordoff, founding director of Columbia’s Global Center on Energy Policy, to release the names of the… Read more »
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Captured Regulators Initiative
Checks and Balances Project Launches Captured Regulators Initiative
Influence peddling in America is a $9 billion a year industry. It’s as big as Major League Baseball or NASA’s Mars spacecraft program, changing from direct meetings with lawmakers to a vertically integrated set of businesses that work every stage of government decision making – including the shaping of public opinion. Many have charted the… Read more »
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