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May 20, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Email Shows How Credit Suisse Works the Revolving Door



Thank You over and over and over Bloomberg has reviewed an email in which Melanie Nussdorf, a former Department of Labor (DOL) lawyer who now represents Credit Suisse, repeated “thank you” 600 times in an email to DOL after getting a favorable response from her former agency.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Financial Sector

May 14, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Former Pentagon Acting IG Cashes In with No Accountability



Photo of Lynne Halbrooks Lynne Halbrooks, a former acting Inspector General at the Department of Defense, has managed to spin through the revolving door and secure a job with a major law firm that represents one of the top contractors overseen by her former agency.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 2, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Groups Seek to Ban Secret Election Support by Contractors



Cash Stack In an effort to know more about federal contractors who influence elections, 50 groups have signed on to a letter urging President Obama to tackle the issue of secret political spending that can result in corruption in federal contracting.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 12, 2015

By Joe Newman

POGO’s Suggested Congressional Priorities and Legislative Reforms



Baker's Dozen Doughnu We’re calling it our “Baker’s Dozen,” a set of recommendations aimed at making the federal government more transparent, more accountable and more ethical.

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Topics: Government Accountability

November 20, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Corporate Political Spenders Get Lucrative Payouts



Contract Oversight America's largest corporations got, on average, $760 in federal funds for every $1 they spent on lobbying and campaign contributions, combined. For the five largest federal contractors, however, the average return on investment was more than twice that amo

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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