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Resource ID: #18772
Subject: Money And Politics
Source: Indianapolis Star
Date: 2001-06-24



The Star reports on misappropriations of money from the Build Indiana Fund, created from gambling proceeds and with the primary objective to pay for capital projects in local communities. The ongoing coverage reveals that Build Indiana has turned into a slush fund that paid for politicians' pet projects. The analysis of a database of cancelled checks and a list of projects has shown that at least $40 million had been spent on projects that were not authorized by the law, personally benefited lawmakers, or did not even exist on paper. The investigation caused the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, the FBI and the State Board of Accounts to launch their own investigation into the spending from the fund.

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