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Resource ID: #18933
Subject: Corruption
Source: WFTS-TV (Tampa, Fla.)
Date: Aug. 1, 2, 6, Nov. 29, Dec. 11,



WFTS reports that Steve LaBrake, Tampa's mayor right hand, has been abusing power for years. The series reveals that LaBrake, the city's Director of Business, Community Services and Housing, has awarded low income housing contractor Dean Ryan millions in city contracts in exchange for an underpriced luxury house. LaBrake also awarded millions to Tampa Hillsborough Housing Authority, a nonprofit agency, which paid back with favors and kickbacks. The stories describe how the housing director and his mistress - who was promoted to an executive position without having the required education and work experience - maintained a lifestyle they could not afford.

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