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  • Zombie Campaigns

    Zombie Campaigns is an in-depth look at the spending habits of 102 former congresspeople who kept spending campaign donations as if they were still campaigning well after they left office. The reporting uncovered a wealth of personal spending and shone a light on loopholes that allowed some politicians to continue spending for decades after they retired, and in some cases even after they died. Along with the story, we published a searchable database of spending by those candidates we identified as running a zombie campaign.
  • Dissecting a Bad Deal

    A Wisconsin State Journal investigation uncovered potential waste, fraud and corruption connected to a questionable state taxpayer loan to a struggling Milwaukee business owner. The investigation found Gov. Scott Walker's top cabinet secretary pushed for a loan to the business owner, a top Walker donor, who presented false information to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., which hastily bypassed the usual review process. It also found the business owner potentially committed fraud and illegally solicited campaign donations from employees. The story resulted in several changes to the agency, including the scrapping of its loan program, calls for a federal investigation and bipartisan legislation creating criminal penalties for defrauding the agency.
  • Center for Public Integrity: Consider the Source

    The 2012 presidential election was the most expensive and least transparent presidential campaign of the modern era. Our year-long Consider the Source project worked to ‘out’ shadowy political organizations that flourished in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. Readers turned to us through Election Day and beyond for the narrative behind the massive flow of money at federal and state levels.
  • "Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund"

    For over 20 years, The Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund has built up a "powerful political network" throughout the state that provided financial perks to its leader and employees. The fund marketed itself as a "nonprofit," a claim that the Tennessean proved false.
  • The Favor Factory

    The Seattle Times analyzed the 2008 defense bill and found that lawmakers - who had promised full disclosure of earmarks - were hiding $3.5 billion of them, about 40 percent of total earmarks. Some of the most prominent and powerful members of Congress used loopholes in a new reform measure to avoid disclosure.
  • Neighborhoods for Sale

    This eight-part yearlong series documented and exposed the nexus between the deep-pocketed developers who have transformed the city during the building boom of the past decade, the alderman who supported these wholesale changes and millions of dollars in campaign donations. The Tribune's series began by exploring how "pay to play" politics drives zoning changes in Chicago and showing how seemingly arcane official actions directly affect people across the city's neighborhoods. The Tribune also created a first-ever interactive database containing ten years of zoning changes, allowing residents to go online and research developments in their own neighborhoods.
  • Journalists Taking Sides

    Reporter Bill Dedman disclosed information on how journalists at news organizations, magazines, TV networks and metro newspapers were using their money to contribute to political campaigns. He contacted journalists that were listed to provide a better explanation of their campaign donations.
  • Campaign Cash

    "Though Oregon legislators had promised to limit the use of their campaign donations to actual campaigning during the 2007 sessions, they balked and passed no such reform during. Thanks to new reporting requirements, legislators had to begin itemizing how they spent their campaign money at all times."
  • Hillary's Mystery Money Men

    This article looks at the use of bundling and fundraising by people formerly tied to transnational interests and foreign dictators as a means to get the ear of a prospective U.S. president. This story revealed the influence of Alan Quasha, an international businessman and early key benefactor of George W. Bush, in Hillary Clinton's campaign.
  • Bundle of Trouble

    These articles examine the shady fundraising practice of "bundling" campaign donations. The articles spotlight fundraiser Norman Hsu, who has used bundling to raise money for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. The investigation looks at the impact of this practice on modern campaigns, and also delves into Hsu's shady past.