Sheila Kaplan

Sheila Kaplan - America: COMPROMISED, and Institutional Corruption at the EPA

The May 7, 2014, Lab seminar was presented by Edmond J. Safra Lab Fellow and investigative journalist, Sheila Kaplan. Kaplan is currently producing a 4-part documentary series, titled: “America: COMPROMISED.” The documentary, which is scheduled to debut on PBS in the fall of 2015, will probe cases of institutional corruption as they arise in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, food corporations, and the financial sector. For the first part of the Lab seminar, Kaplan...

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Sheila Kaplan - The Economy of Influence Shaping the Environment: Documenting Institutional Corruption at the Environmental Protection Agency

The April 18 Lab Seminar was led by Edmond J. Safra Lab Fellow Sheila Kaplan. Kaplan is a journalist whose project examines the issue of institutional corruption in the the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Kaplan opened the seminar by describing the factors that contribute to EPA mission distortion and regulatory capture. One factor is the influence of industry and its lobbyists, which last year spent $886 million on lobbying, and $290...

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Sheila Kaplan — The Economy of Influence Shaping the Environment and Public Health: Documenting IC at the EPA

The second Edmond J. Safra Lab seminar met on September 19, 2012, and was led by Lab Fellow and investigative reporter, Sheila Kaplan. Sheila's most recent work centers on institutional corruption at the Environmental Protection Agency, and its effects on public heath and the environment. Citing specific examples in which a lack of public trust in the EPA has led to actual public harm (consumption of fish contaminated with PCBs, continued use of lands polluted by toxic...

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Reversal of Fortune

by Sheila Kaplan

For years, Stephen Sayle worked as a lobbyist for oil and gas interests, helping them to secure the best deals possible on Capitol Hill.  To critics, he still works for the industry – but now he’s on the payroll of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Lobbyist's Progress: An Interview With Jeff Connaughton

by Sheila Kaplan

Time was, Washington lobbyists followed a certain protocol at political fundraisers. They’d drink the bourbon, eat a few crab cakes, surrender their checks and move on. Anyone familiar with the form knew better than to ask a lawmaker for a favor while money was on the table—that’s what the morning after follow-up call was for.

To Jeff Connaughton, former lobbyist, White House lawyer, and Senate staffer, the disappearance of that small restraint is not a good sign.

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Toxic Taps

A new report by Lab Fellow Sheila Kaplan found that the Environmental Protection Agency has long failed to act on warnings by its own staff that a practice designed to get lead out of drinking water would actually increase levels of this toxic metal in homes across the country.

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