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  • WTSP-TV/Tampa Bay Times: Zombie Campaigns

    More than 100 former federal politicians kept spending their campaign money long after leaving office, a multiplatform collaboration between the Tampa Bay Times and WTSP-TV revealed. In some cases, the campaigns kept spending even though the politician was dead.
  • Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism: Undemocratic

    An investigative reporting class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison investigated the state of Wisconsin's democracy. It found that partisan gerrymandering, voter restrictions, secret campaign money, furtive legislative moves and fast-tracking of bills increasingly leave Wisconsin's citizens in the dark when it comes to state policy making and spending.
  • Tampa Bay Times/WTSP-TV: Zombie Campaigns

    More than 100 former federal politicians kept spending their campaign money long after leaving office, a multiplatform collaboration between the Tampa Bay Times and WTSP-TV revealed. In some cases, the campaigns kept spending even though the politician was dead.
  • What Voters Don't Know: Tales of Campaign Finance Subterfuge

    It's easier now than ever for political candidates and their parties to take in and spend huge amounts money in perfectly legal, aboveboard transactions -- and for others to do so on their behalf. Still, there's plenty going on in the world of political money that intentionally is kept in the shadows, whether in the name of monetary or political profit, to keep benefactors' roles secret or simply to fatten a candidate's campaign fund with creative accounting. All of this activity keeps crucial information from the voting public. The Center for Responsive Politics' entry of five stories that sheds light on several different political money schemes that twisted the standard template of candidates, PACs and parties raising and spending funds and reporting details of those activities to regulators.
  • 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."
  • He'll get the check

    "The story reported that the district attorney in Syracuse -- Bill Fitzpatrick -- had for years been spending huge amounts of his campaign money on bars and restaurants without reporting the expenditures as the law requires."
  • The Strong Arm of the Law

    An investigation by California Lawyer revealed that the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the state's prison guard union, uses campaign money and intimidation "to win not only significant contract benefits but also to block or co-opt investigations of officer corruption in its ranks and to influence crime legislation. The story pulled together election campaign funding records and law enforcement interviews to show how money and pressure have been used to block investigations of staff misconduct while successfully promoting higher wages, longer prison terms, and more prison construction."
  • Up in Smoke

    Enron's collapse was famous for its accounting debacle and other business side errors. How did such a dishonest company rise to success in the first place? The answer is with a powerful combination of campaign money and political friends designed to create an environment friendly to Enron's style of business. CEO Ken Lay was a former lobbyist himself and knew the Beltway well. The result of their heavy political investment was deregulation in Congress and appointed local commissioners who were already friendly with the company.
  • At the crossroads: How state legislators' outside interests and campaign money intersect

    The Center for Public Integrity examines the intersections of big donors' dollars and lawmakers' outside ties. The report focuses on a cross-section of states with searchable electronic data, and adds to the Center's own research on the outside interests of legislators. Alex Knott documents alarming relationships between financial contributors and legislature.
  • This state for sale

    Westword's package of stories "chart(s) the influence of campaign money on state appointments and policies developed by newly elected Colorado Governor Bill Owens. .... identified (and charted) the high concentration of Owens contributions among a few key industries ... examined particular lobbying efforts surrounding the selection of a pro-business labor appointee; the stacking of the oil and gas commission by a governor with a long history of championing the energy industry's interests; and dissension within the party ranks over a costly transportation plan that also favored contributors in the construction industry..."