corruption

Mapping the risk of judicial corruption

May 21, 2015 - Nine states, four of them in the South, hold judicial elections but don't ban judges from seeking campaign cash from people that could appear before them. Following a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a Florida case upholding such bans, judicial watchdogs are working to change the law in these outlier states.

Corporate watchdogs call for ouster of BP CEO

September 30, 2013 - As the second phase of the BP civil trial got underway, activists launched a petition calling on the company to fire chief executive Bob Dudley, saying his request to suspend payment of claims related to the Gulf oil disaster is an effort to avoid honoring obligations to the region.

Wal-Mart and Watergate

April 27, 2012 - Wal-Mart has been accused of bribery in Mexico, but its behavior is far from unique: Many major corporations have been charged under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a U.S. law passed in response to an oft-forgotten aspect of the Watergate scandal of the 1970s.

Con JOBS

March 23, 2012 - A bill originally sponsored by ethics-challenged Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee is being hailed as helping small businesses and workers, but watchdogs warn that it will erode transparency and pave the way for more corporate skullduggery.