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Mystery donor group fuels attack ads in PA Supreme Court race

I broke the identity of a group that had contributed more than $500,000 to air attack ads in the 2015 Pennsylvania Supreme Court race. It turns out that the same people running this group were behind another group — Pennsylvanians for Accountability — that PublicSource investigated a couple years ago. We were able to report the identity of this group days before the election, giving out readers important information to consider before voting.

OSHA no match for workplace dangers that kill thousands

Using the OSHA database on IRE’s website, I worked on the data portion of this Sunday A1 story about the dangerous work of cleaning industrial tanks. Starting with two Texas companies, I went through the OSHA database and identified companies in this tank cleaning sub-industry across multiple NAICS codes. At the end of my work, I gave the reporter a spreadsheet with companies, specific workplace accidents and summary statistics. He ran with those leads to proceed a fantastic feature story.

Koch millions spread influence through nonprofits, colleges

This is the main overview story of our findings from a two-year study of the political, educational, and charitable presence of Charles and David Koch. During the five-year period we studied from 2007 to 2011, the total giving from the Kochs and their private foundations exceeded $134 million. The Koch Club was published in conjunction with Jane Mayer at The New Yorker, picked up by The Huffington Post, Esquire’s politics blog, and Salon among others, and was written up by the Columbia Journalism Review as a reminder to political journalists that campaign committee fundraising continues to be marginalized.

Koch: Methodology

To be transparent and open about our study, I wrote a methodology in the style of the Center for Public Integrity’s methodologies. As a public service, we uploaded and made available all 436 IRS 990 forms that were at the heart of our look into the political and charitable giving of Charles and David Koch. We documented the data sets used in our two-year study with links. We detailed our methods, any peculiarities in the data and our rationale behind major decisions.