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McClatchy Newspapers is proud to submit "Contract to Cheat" for consideration in the Philip Meyer Journalism awards "Contract to Cheat" relied upon federal payroll records submitted by private companies building public projects. The records enabled reporters to estimate the lost tax revenue associated with the illegal practice of treating workers who should be employees as independent contractors. Tens of thousands of pages of payroll records formed the backbone of our report, while the construction workers and company owners listed on the reports allowed us to capture the human impact of the labor scheme. Wrestling the records into usable and compelling data was a significant - though worthwhile - challenge for McClatchy staff.