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Investigating Organizations

How can I check up on a nonprofit group? What information is available on corporations operating in my state? What can I learn about labor unions? What can I learn about an employer’s record on workplace safety?

Campaign finance, lobbying and elections

How can I dig into state campaign finance data? How can I find who is lobbying whom over what? How do I find similar information on campaign finance and lobbying in other states? How do I track campaign donations and spending for federal candidates, like U.S. senators and congresspeople? How can I correlate contributions to votes?

Lead pipe replacement generates controversy, grade of ‘F’

WI wrangles over lead pipes while failing to ‘Get the lead out’; Foxconn confusion; solar advances
Of note: After years of ignoring the threat from lead water pipes, Wisconsin politicians are now fighting over how to replace them. Some Republican lawmakers are concerned that too much of Gov. Tony Evers’ lead pipe replacement program would go to Milwaukee. In 2016, Wisconsin Watch first alerted residents to the proliferation of drinking water pipes made of lead and the dangers they pose. Milwaukee has about 70,000 of Wisconsin’s 176,000 lead service lines and roughly 60 percent of all of the lead poisoned children in the state. Thanks for reading!