Cezary Podkul: Tobacco Settlement Funds Sprinklers, Golf Carts and a Grease TrapOctober 2014
Leaders took on forty-year debt to pay for short-term stuff, a case study in the perverse incentives tobacco bonds create.
Paul Kiel: USA Discounters Responds to ProPublicaJuly 2014
The company says ProPublica “inaccurately” portrayed its policies regarding military customers, but cites no errors.
Paul Kiel: Federal Law Leaves Soldiers VulnerableJuly 2014
Soldiers struggle to find substantive legal recourse against high-cost lender USA Discounters.
What Happens When a Dark Money Group Blows Off IRS RulesApril 2014
The Government Integrity Fund spent most of its money on election ads, despite IRS rules prohibiting a social welfare nonprofit from doing so.
Justin Elliott and Jesse Eisinger: Long After Sandy, Red Cross Post-Storm Spending Still a Black BoxApril 2014
Donors gave $312 million after the storm, but it’s not clear how exactly the money was spent.
Robert Reich: JP Morgan Chase, the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, and the Corruption of AmericaDecember 2013
Why hiring China's "princelings" amounts to business by bribery.
Paul Kiel: Whack-a-MoleAugust 2013
When states crack down, predatory lenders bounce right back.
TaxCast: No Tax Havens in Helsinki, Starbucks Joins the Roll of Dishonor, and Following the MoneyOctober 2012
Helsinki declares itself a tax haven-free zone, Starbucks joins the tax avoidance Roll of Dishonor, and we follow the money: asset recovery, dictators, and the selling of secrecy.