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Theodoric Meyer is ProPublica’s reporting fellow. He started at ProPublica as a reporting intern in 2012 and previously worked as a reporting intern at The New York Times and The Seattle Times. He was a lead reporter for ProPublica’s “After the Flood” series, which won the Deadline Club Award for Local Reporting in 2014. His reporting on the National Security Agency with Justin Elliott was cited in Judge Richard J. Leon’s ruling that N.S.A. surveillance of phone metadata was likely unconstitutional. He is a graduate of McGill University and Columbia University.

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Obama Issues 12 Pardons. That’s Still Far Fewer Than Predecessors

The President’s 18 commutations put him ahead of recent presidents but his use of pardons still lags Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

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.

The Best Investigative Reporting on Campaign Finance Since 2012

From dark money to a mysterious super PAC donor, here are a few of the best investigations of money in politics since the last elections.

In Wisconsin, Dark Money Got a Mining Company What It Wanted

An accidentally released court filing reveals how one company secretly gave money to a nonprofit that helped get favorable mining legislation passed.

Why is the Cuomo Administration Automatically Deleting State Employees’ Emails?

A previously unpublished memo raises new questions about New York State’s policy of purging emails after 90 days.

No Warrant, No Problem: How the Government Can Get Your Digital Data

It’s not just the N.S.A. Authorities from the local sheriff to the FBI can obtain vast amounts of data without ever getting a warrant from a judge.

Cuomo Has Raised Millions Through Loophole He Pledged to Close

The governor has called for closing a gap in the state’s campaign finance laws, but he’s taken far more through the loophole than his predecessors, much of it from real estate developers.

IRS Delays New Rules for Dark Money Groups

The agency has pushed back indefinitely a hearing on new regulations for social welfare nonprofits that spend money on politics.

Senate to Take Up Longshot Amendment to Regulate Campaign Finance

The Senate could soon consider a constitutional amendment that would give Congress and states the ability to limit money in politics, possibly reversing the effect of recent Supreme Court rulings. But the amendment doesn’t appear to have the votes to pass.

Liberal Outside Money Groups Spend Big in North Carolina

Liberal spending via dark money groups and super PACs was relatively modest in 2012. But their spending has taken off this year in at least one state.

What Happens When a Dark Money Group Blows Off IRS Rules? Nothing.

The Government Integrity Fund spent most of its money on election ads, despite IRS rules prohibiting a social welfare nonprofit from doing so.

What Newly Released Docs Tell Us About the IRS and How It Handles Dark Money Groups

Here are five takeaways ProPublica found from the documents released Wednesday by a House committee.

Who Controls the Kochs’ Political Network? ASMI, SLAH and TOHE

Obscure limited liability companies have ultimate say over the Koch network’s nonprofits, which spend hundreds of millions of dollars to advance conservative causes.

The Dark Money Man: How Sean Noble Moved the Kochs’ Cash into Politics and Made Millions

Sean Noble was a former congressional aide just starting as a political consultant when he was recruited to help run the Kochtopus — Charles and David Koch’s multi-layered political network.

Schumer Calls on Drug Makers to Add Safety Devices to Children’s Medicines Within a Year

Flow restrictors -- safety valves that cost pennies per bottle -- could save thousands of kids from being rushed to emergency rooms each year, but most children’s medications still don’t have them.

Sharpening the Government’s Blurry Maps

The Senate may soon vote on legislation that would require FEMA to prepare more accurate maps before flood insurance rates can be raised.

Federal Flood Maps Left New York Unprepared for Sandy—and FEMA Knew It

The agency ignored state and city officials' appeals to update the maps with better data until it was too late.

Your Guide to the Latest Efforts to Hold Big Banks Accountable

It’s been an expensive few months for JPMorgan Chase and its fellow financial institutions. Here’s a recap of the most recent settlements, suits and investigations.

Claim on “Attacks Thwarted” by NSA Spreads Despite Lack of Evidence

The agency, President Obama, and members of Congress have all said NSA spying programs have thwarted more than 50 terrorist plots. But there’s no evidence the claim is true.

How the NSA’s Claim on Thwarted Terrorist Plots Has Spread

A review of official statements shows the NSA has been inconsistent about how many plots have actually been thwarted by spying programs and what the role they actually played. Despite a lack of evidence, Congress and the media have rushed to repeat the most extreme version of the NSA’s claims.
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