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Secret Donors Behind Some Super PACs Funneling Millions into Midterms

Super PACs are required to identify their contributors, but some of them are funded entirely or mostly by social welfare nonprofits that don't have to do so. That leaves voters in the dark about where money is really coming from.

Senate Hearing Set on Secret Recordings at N.Y. Fed

A banking subcommittee will explore the case of fired examiner Carmen Segarra and whether the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is too soft on institutions it supervises.

Help Us Investigate Discrimination Against Pregnant Workers

Have you observed an employer discriminate against pregnant women or new mothers? Help our reporting by sharing your story.

As Vote Nears, North Dakota Amendment Stirs Debate About More Than Abortion

Money and strategists are shaping a nationally watched campaign amid talk of in vitro fertilization and end-of-life care.

Red Cross Documents

Somebody’s Already Using Verizon’s ID to Track Users

Twitter is using a newly discovered hidden code that the telecom carriers are adding to every page you visit – and it's very hard to opt out.

In Private Papers, A More Candid Tim Geithner Speaks Out

The former Treasury secretary and architect of the Obama administration's financial rescue sounds more like some of his detractors in papers that were never meant to be public.

10 Disturbing Things ProPublica Learned Investigating the Red Cross’ Sandy Relief Efforts

How did so much go so wrong? 10 disturbing findings from ProPublica's investigation.

Help Us Report On The American Red Cross

If you've worked for the Red Cross, or received assistance from the organization, we'd like to talk to you.

Ask ProPublica Anything About Our Red Cross Investigation

Our reporters are opening up their investigation into the Red Cross, its disaster relief efforts and where it failed. Join the discussion.

The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster

After Superstorm Sandy, Americans opened their wallets to the Red Cross. They trusted the charity and believed it was up to the job. They were wrong.

Coming Soon: The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster

There were two disasters after Superstorm Sandy. The one we know about: A storm that left thousands of people powerless, homeless, hungry. And the one we didn’t: The American Red Cross’ botched relief efforts.

Podcast: Court’s Mistake Helps Draw Back the Curtain on Dark Money

Theo Meyer discusses an accidentally released document that showed how a mining company’s secret donations helped pass a bill in Wisconsin.

A Kansas Group’s Push to Oust Judges Reveals a Gap in Campaign Finance Rules

Judicial retention elections in Kansas have typically been apolitical and uncontested — until Kansans for Justice entered the fray earlier this month. Now state election overseers are grappling with a new kind of dark money.

Judge Doesn’t ‘Think’ Police are Abusing Spy Technology, and More in MuckReads

Some of the best #MuckReads we read this week. Want to receive these by email? Sign up to get this briefing delivered to your inbox every weekend.

Tobacco Settlement Funds Sprinklers, Golf Carts and a Grease Trap

In Niagara County, N.Y., leaders took on 40-year debt to pay for short-term stuff, a case study in the perverse incentives tobacco bonds create.

The Millions New York Counties Coulda Got

New York counties were promised annual payments from tobacco companies as part of a national settlement to reimburse them for smoking-related health care costs. Some made deals to get up front cash instead of long term payments. Here's what they gave up.

How One New York County Fell Into the Tobacco Debt Trap

A refinance of Niagara County’s tobacco bonds was good news — but for investors, not taxpayers.

How We Analyzed New York County Tobacco Bonds

Users can see how interest rates and declining cigarette sales affect the bottom line for counties that borrowed against income from the landmark tobacco settlement.

The Big Bank Backlash Begins

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