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Resource ID: #14392
Subject: Campaign Finance
Source: Indianapolis Star
Date: 1997-08-10



This story deals with document links between special interest money and the Indiana legislature. The series showed that a significant portion of the money Indiana lawmakers spent in the last election cycle went toward expenses that had little or nothing to do with getting elected. The series shows that most campaigns were padded with unnecessary expenses, including football tickets, wedding gifts, car leases, cellular telephones, etc. Only 20 cents of every dollar went to media advertising. The articles suggest that lawmakers could lessen their dependence on special interest contributions without crippling their ability to reach voters. The second round of stories exposed several corporations for violating state election laws concerning campaign contribution limits. The story computerized records as a practical way of auditing thousands of paper documents.

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