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  • Beating the Rap

    This investigation revealed the corrupt and unfair way that Iowa's county prosecutors handle traffic violations. The reporter found that speeding convictions were often set aside and replaced with fictitious "equipment violations" that brought in more money to the department and let the drivers stay on the road. Some charges were downgraded when the drivers agreed to donate money to local police or local charities. These stories raised many legal and safety issues and prompted radical reform.
  • Clout on Wheels

    This investigation revealed the waste and corruption within the city's Hired Truck Program, in which the city hires dump trucks and low-wage drivers to haul debris and material at city work sites. The newspaper found that many trucks sit idle while the company reaps payments from the city. One trucking company owner admitted paying bribes to city officials to get work, while others doled out campaign contributions to city officials. Following the series, the FBI arrested the man who ran the city's program, and 14 other people, including 10 current or former city employees, were arrested.
  • Family Values

    "Los Angeles Times reporters over the last year and a half have documented a particularly insidious new gambit that special interests have devised to gain or increase influence with lawmakers: hiring their relatives and paying them lucrative lobbying or consulting fees. The practice has been used not just by U.S. interests but also by foreign citizens and governments."
  • City Hall Scandals

    "These articles delved the influence of money and politics in Los Angeles city government and revealed a system in which government officials pressure private firms to make sizable political donations in return for contracts, a contractor made large sums of money padding the bills it submitted to city government, and the city's mayor used a public relations firm under contract with the water department to advance his own agenda, and a favored mayoral fund-raiser bounced checks to business associates and political candidates, including the mayor, with impunity.
  • Queens County judgeships: No Republicans need apply

    This series looked at the election process for state and city judges in Queens. After two months of investigation, the reporters found that the Queens County Democratic Organization and its chairman, are in firm control of who makes it to the bench in the borough's state and city courts. The Democrats have an unbroken record of winning judicial elections, going back to at least 1990. The investigation also found the chairman of the Queens County Democratic Organization, also a lawyer, can gain lucrative appointments and contracts from their friends on the bench.
  • Medicines for Millions of Dollars

    "In the first text 'Medicines for Million Dollars' we exposed a corruption proposal made to an American pharmaceutical concern. Then we followed with texts bringing to light suspicious developments involving closest associates of former Minister of Health Mariusz Lapinski -- notably Lapinski's political office chief Waldemar Deszczynski and Vice - minister of Health Aleksander Nauman who was responsible for medicines supply policy, including the registration and placing of medicines on refundable medicines lists. (Several weeks before our first release the prime minister appointed Nauman the chairman of the National Health Fund, an institution which is the sole administrator of the health insurance system's money.)"
  • Justice at Stake

    "In July 2003, a Mississippi Supreme Court justice, his former wide, two former lower court judges and a prominent trial lawyer were indicted on federal bribery and fraud charges after a more than yearlong investigation. The Sun Herald found out the at an FBI agent was removed from the investigation when he wanted to investigate the financial ties between famed tobacco lawyer Richard 'Dickie' Scruggs and several judges. Scruggs is one of the richest men in Mississippi and is the brother - in - law of US Sen. Trent Lott.
  • Big Money on Campus: How Taxpayers are Getting Scammed by Student Loans

    This story details how private lenders lure schools out of the federal government's cost - effective direct loan program and into exclusive contracts in the more expensive bank - based Federal Family Education Loan Program. Private lenders use questionable tactics that border on bribery to convince schools that they should switch programs. 62 colleges have entered this program since 2000, at a cost of roughly $250 million to the Treasury.
  • Road to Corruption

    The Citizen-Times investigates corruption among police officers at the Division of Motor Vehicles. According to the contest questionnaire: "Charges included bribe-taking to ignore truck-safety violations for politically connected companies, job and promotion buying within the agency, the coercion of officers to make donations to politicians, ticket-fixing and a loss of focus on the primary mission of enforcing trucking industry laws." Some of the conclusions were based on database analysis. The newspaper's investigation has been followed by a grand jury investigation.
  • Escambia County Commission

    The News-Journals investigates bribery and Sunshine Law violations at the Escambia county government. The stories reveal that the county commissioners voted for the purchase of a dilapidated soccer complex "real-estate agent Joe Elliott, a buddy of then Commission Chairman W.D. Childers, the former Dean of the Florida senate." The county later proceeded with a second purchase from Elliott, a defunct car dealership. The land purchases totalled $6.2 million, at a time of tight budget and halt of major county projects. As a result of the publications, the Attorney General of Florida started an investigation that ended with indictments of four of the five county commissioners.