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Paul Singer


Paul Singer is an investigative reporter for Roll Call, a position he has held since February 2007. His coverage areas include: lobbying, fundraising and money in politics; ethics rules; personal finances of Members of Congress; and allegations of malfeasance. He has written extensively about Members funneling federal money to their personal interests, misusing their official accounts and supporting legislation closely tied to their friends, family and/or political supporters.

Prior to joining Roll Call, Singer was the executive branch correspondent for National Journal. He spent most of 2006 covering the government's response to Hurricane Katrina and investigated the distribution of more than $100 billion dollars of hurricane relief money approved by Congress.

In prior incarnations, Singer has served as head of the Cleveland Bureau of the Associated Press, where he covered the corruption trial of then-Rep. Jim Traficant (D-Ohio), and as White House Correspondent for United Press International. In 2000, working for UPI, Singer traveled extensively with the campaign of Vice President Al Gore, and covered the disputed presidential election returns from a Tallahassee motel room.

Singer also teaches journalism in the master's program in Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies.

Singer no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Paul Singer:

Former Comptroller: Voters Ready for Deficit Medicine

Feb. 11, 2011

Former Comptroller General David Walker today officially launches his new organization to promote fiscal responsibility and debt reduction called the Comeback America Initiative.

Ethics Report Highlights Thin Wall Between Congress and Campaigns

Feb. 2, 2011

A recent House Ethics Committee report demonstrates just how deeply Members’ official duties and fundraising efforts are intertwined, but the committee found no evidence that any rules were broken.

Red Tape Remedies Are All Bark

Jan. 26, 2011

On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama promised to get bureaucracy out of the way of economic growth. The challenge of that lofty goal is perhaps nowhere better illustrated than the attempt to establish rules for dog-walking at San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Inouye Spending Bill Includes Thousands of Earmarks

Dec. 14, 2010

Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye has drafted an omnibus spending bill that would set aside hundreds of millions of dollars for thousands of earmarks.

Obama, Noem Both Urge Passage of Tax Cut Deal

Dec. 11, 2010

President Barack Obama used his weekly address Saturday to advocate again for swift passage of his deal with Republicans to extend Bush-era tax cuts, and incoming Rep. Kristi Noem (S.D.) began her House career by agreeing with the president in the GOP response.

Judge Rejects Miller Complaints in Alaska Senate Race

Dec. 10, 2010

An Alaska judge Friday evening rejected a challenge by Senate candidate Joe Miller (R) to the election results that appear to have returned Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) to the Senate.

Just Don’t Call Them Earmarks

Dec. 10, 2010

House Appropriations Chairman David Obey unveiled a bill Tuesday to fund the government through the rest of the year that “prohibits funding for Congressional earmarks.” While that is technically true, the bill does include money aimed at addressing Members’ pet projects, from uranium mining to rounding up wild horses.

Boehner’s Panama Connections

Dec. 1, 2010

Last December, House Minority Leader John Boehner led a Congressional delegation to Panama, an event that marked a kind of reunion for his former staff members who worked together in the House Republican Conference office in the late 1990s.

Bennett Will Open Business Consulting Group in 2011

Nov. 24, 2010

Outgoing Sen. Bob Bennett will launch the Bennett Consulting Group on Jan. 6, the day after the Senators of the 112th Congress will be sworn in, according to Tim Stewart, a former staffer who will join the venture.

Ethics Committee Talked to Rep. Richardson’s Staff

Nov. 12, 2010

The House ethics committee has launched a second inquiry into Rep. Laura Richardson, this time focusing on whether the California Democrat forced her staff to volunteer for her campaign.

Fellowship Foundation Denies Connection to Terrorist Money

Oct. 13, 2010

The faith-based organization behind the National Prayer Breakfast is vigorously denying new allegations from an Ohio clergy group that foreign trips and other activities with Members of Congress may have been funded with money from a terrorist organization.

State Department Spells Out Per Diem Rules for Trips

Oct. 4, 2010

The State Department has established new procedures for Members of Congress and staff to pay back any excess per diem they receive during overseas trips.

Gingrey Backed Project for Consultant’s Client

Sept. 28, 2010

On April 1, 2008, Rep. Phil Gingrey paid Mitchell Hunter, his former chief of staff, $6,000 for campaign consulting fees. That payment came one day after the Georgia Republican signed a letter to the Appropriations Committee requesting an earmark for the National Center for State Courts, which had recently hired Hunter as a lobbyist.

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