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  • The Congressman, the Safari King, and the Woman Who Tried to Look Like a Cat

    The specific focus of this series was the International Conservation Caucus Foundation and the lawmakers, polluting corporations, and environmental groups who benefit from it. The political genius of the foundation is that it has allowed ICCF member companies such as ExxonMobil to greenwash their reputations by funding ICCF member nonprofits, such as the Nature Conservancy. Meanwhile, corporate and nonprofit contributions to the foundation paid for "educational" lunches, dinners, galas and junkets, giving foundation members access to grateful members of Congress. These events -- and the foundation itself -- make a conscious effort to avoid discussing politically contentious topics like climate change, arguably the biggest conservation challenge of our time. The ICCF, which was founded by the former lobbyist of a Nigerian dictator who ordered the execution of nine nonviolent environmental protesters, is certainly notable in its own right. But what makes this series more important than a simple expose about a deeply conflicted foundation is that the ICCF is just one of many congressionally affiliated nonprofits that have popped up in part to skirt lobbying reforms instituted after the Jack Abramoff scandal. The most shocking thing about the ICCF and its ilk, according to government transparency advocates, is that most of what they are doing appears to be completely legal.
  • Shakedown

    For years, megacorporations such as Valero, ExxonMobil, and Hines Interest have successfully gamed the Harris County Appraisal District and decreased its certified value by millions, resulting in a total reduction of more than $2.4 billion in tax base on which tax liability is calculated. The Houston Independent School District and the City of Houston have paid the price, losing out on $15.4 million and $9.4 million in tax revenues respectively. Meanwhile, HCAD, which is in charge of valuing more than 1.4 million parcels in the greater Houston area, routinely fights property owners whose parcels are worth a modest $80,000 to $150,000 for every assessment penny. A majority of these property owners have no idea that it's happening and don't have the means to challenge HCAD.
  • The Largest Foreign Bribery Probe in U.S. History: U.S. v James H. Griffen

    This investigation chronicles the largest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in I.S. history: US vs. James Griffen. Griffen is alleged to have bribed high-ranking officials in Kazakhstan to secure rights to natural resources, like oil, in the early 1990s.
  • The Politics of Oil

    This investigation is basically a comprehensive examination of the political influence of the international oil industry. The Center for Public Integrity found that "Big Oil" has spent more than $440 million in the past 6 years on politicians and lobbyists in Washington. Oil companies from Indonesia, Venezuela, and the OPEC countries, among others, spent millions to enlist such Washington insiders as Bob Dole to protect their interests with the US government.
  • "Good value or bad risk: Industry officials point to long-term good safety record of liquefied natural gas terminals, but reports and experts say worst-case scenarios are catastrophic should an accident occur"

    This investigation found that while federal, state and industry officials have noted the safety record of liquefied natural gas terminals, a common shipping accident involving a tanker could be catastrophic, according to federal documents and scientific studies. The newspaper began its investigation after ExxonMobil Corp. announced plans to build a $600 million terminal near a residential suburb of Mobile, Al.
  • The Secret History of Lead

    "The Nation's ... in-depth look at the story of how General Motors, Standard Oil and Du Pont colluded 75 years ago to make and market gasoline containing lead -- a deadly poison -- although there were safe alternatives. Abetted by the US government, these companies suppressed scientific knowledge that lead kills.... both the auto and oil industries, as well as the makers of lead additive, knew that safe anti-knock substitutes were cheaply available, but rejected them because they would be unprofitable."