A Cover-Up of Play-to-Play Academic Research? We received an anonymous tip from a concerned member of Penn State community that raises a new question about how the relationship between Vice President Neil Sharkey, College of Health and Human Services Dean Ann C. “Nan” Crouter and School of Hospitality Management (SHM) Professor John W. O’Neill may… Read more »
Since October 2016, we have been reporting on how Penn State School of Hospitality Management (SHM) Professor John O’Neill is using his position at the University not only to bolster his consulting practice, but also to increase the credibility of the hotel lobby pay-to-play research he conducts on behalf of his client, the American Hotel… Read more »
Morningstar Dismissed Misconceptions, Yet U.S. Senator Tom Cotton and Others Take Up the Cause of the Mortgage Bankers and Real Estate Lobbies Over the years, Checks and Balances Project has investigated special interest lobbies, often aligned with government officials, working to preserve and grow powerful, incumbent industries and block the growth of energy efficiency and… Read more »
University Official’s Assurance Undercut by O’Neill, Raising New Questions It’s been three months since we began contacting officials at Penn State about potential ethics problems with School of Hospitality Management (SHM) Professor John W. O’Neill. On Jan. 9, 2017, a University official confirmed Conflict of Interest (COI) investigators are looking into questions we’ve raised about… Read more »
Romney as Audit Chair Saw Marriott Son of BOSS Shelter Defy IRS Bloomberg Pro By Jesse Drucker – Feb 23, 2012 12:01 AM ET Mitt Romney has long had close ties to hotel operator Marriott International Inc. (MAR) The candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, whose full name is Willard Mitt Romney, was named after… Read more »
Excerpt from The Arizona Republic (10/27/15): “Our View: Corporation Commission must learn to love disclosure” Arizona Corporation Commissioners Doug Little and Tom Forese consistently have refused to distance themselves from Arizona Public Service, which is widely believed to have backed their campaigns
Evlondo Cooper Checks and Balances Project 1820 N. Fort Myer Drive, Suite 510 Arlington, VA 22209 VIA EMAIL AND HAND-DELIVERY August 25, 2015 Peter Kostes Public Information Officer State of Nevada Public Utilities Commission 1150 E. William Street Carson City, NV 89701 Dear Mr. Kostes: I am a Senior Fellow… Read more »
June 2, 2015 Mark W. Toney, Ph.D. Executive Director TURN—The Utility Reform Network 785 Market St., Suite 1400 San Francisco, CA 94103 Dear Mark: It was good to sit down with you while I was in San Francisco and learn more about TURN’s relationship with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and… Read more »
What is the difference between misdemeanors and felonies in Arizona? Wochit Former Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission Gary Pierce and water company owner George Johnson were indicted this week in federal court on charges of bribery, conspiracy and fraud.
Six years after former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his family began receiving money, loans, vacations, golf outings, designer clothes and a Rolex from a businessman he called a friend, little has changed to prevent such largesse being provided to Virginia's top executive, state officials say.
A stretch of sunny, windy days, combined with brimming reservoirs at hydroelectricity facilities across the state, helped California reach yet another renewable energy milestone last weekend. Early Saturday afternoon, renewable sources produced a record 67.
A major Canadian logger appears to be using a pair of law suits to end the existence of Greenpeace and to stop or curtail pro-environmental activities by other organizations operating in North America, or perhaps, generally. This activity is being carried out by Resolute Forest Products.