The Boston Globe reports "Bribery, nepotism, cronyism, favoritism. Exposing these crimes at the federal and state level has become the bread and butter of investigative journalists. But over the last decade, money and mandates have been shifting ... to the local level. ...In a nine-month project examining government at the grass-roots, the Globe's Spotlight Team found that corruption is thriving, unchecked for the most part by prosecutors or other watchdogs. In 16 communities, ... a team of reporters uncovered illegal and unethical acts by municipal officials, who saw government as a vehicle to enrich themselves and their friends at the expense of average citizens..."