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  • AAA Poll

    AAA used a poll financed in part with taxpayer money to lobby for its driving initiatives before the Maryland General Assembly. The author explores the conflict of interest and ethical dilemmas that arise from this complicated situation.
  • Children's Crusade: Who is watching Yale faculty's children?

    This article explores Yale University's decision to hire a consulting firm to assess the university's childcare program. Krieger found that the CEO of the consulting agency also has an administrative role at the university. The author explores the various sides of this conflict of interest, and also traces the history of Yale's childcare program.
  • "Deputy Mayor for the Olympics," & "Market-Rate Giveaway"

    These two stories focus on the activities of Deputy New York City Mayor Daniel Doctoroff and his campaign to bring the Olympics to New York. In the "Deputy Mayor" story, newly elected mayor Bloomberg got Doctoroff to hit up corporations that do business with the city to raise money for the Olympics project. This even though a conflict of interest ruling should have prevented him from those activities. "Market-Rate Giveaway" is about a sweetheart deal handed to a friend of Doctoroff's, Steve Ross and his business Related Companies, as part of the Olympics project. That deal would allow Ross to replace the Bronx produce market with a new mall, putting thousands of market workers out of a job.
  • Bad Practices Net Hospitals More Money

    This three part series delves into the various problems that plague Medicare. One issue that comes up is how the system is set up so that hospitals get more money for each visit, even if those extra visits are a result of an infection picked up in an unsanitary ward. As a result, the highest quality health care providers end up with substantially less funding. The articles also touch on how the Medicare system encourages unnecessary surgery and a possible conflict of interest with the hospital inspectors.
  • Personal Politics

    Thirty nine states have lawmakers who meet part time. These lawmakers often pursue other careers, sometimes in sectors that are regulated by the government. The Center for Public Integrity recognized the huge potential for conflicts of interest, if lawmakers end up serving on committees or deciding legislation that could affect their outside interests. The only way to combat the conflict of interest is through full disclosure of lawmakers' private interests, however, many states do not make that information available to the public. But, this project by the Center for Public Integrity does that for them: in two years, reporters used thousands of documents and dozens of interviews to create a database, available online, that includes information on lawmakers; outside interests, as well as the committees they serve on in the legislature.
  • The National Institutes of Health: Public Servant or Private Marketer?

    This series examines how payments from drug companies to scientists at the National Institutes of Health cause a conflict of interest that affects health care and policy recommendations. Even under the partial reforms announced by the presidentially appointed NIH director in 2004, some NIH scientists would still be able to take compensation such as stock options and consulting fees.
  • "Dr. Holt: Two jobs, one man"

    This investigation raises a number of questions about a county medical director. While working full time as medical director, he also works full time as a professor at an area university despite a state law that forbids workers holding two full-time government jobs. The state health department funnels his salary through the university to avoid the appearance of two jobs, while the university declined to provide a schedule of his lectures. Meanwhile, his lack of education and experience in administration has led to lawsuits and criticism of program cuts and job lay-offs. A planned follow-up story will reveal how the director has given the university $5 million in county health department contracts.
  • Deal exposes judge to conflict of interest charges

    This is a two part series, the first reveals that a judge who was also a realtor, struck a deal with a teenager's father to sell a mansion to reduce the boys' sentencing.The second part deals with how the teenager who was accused of assault was arrested again a month later and his case was to go before the same judge. But due to the real estate dealings, the case passed on to another judge. This caused the reporter to ask for the previous case to be re-opened on the pretext that the accused received preferential treatment in the first hearing due to the financial dealings.
  • Stealth Merger: Drug Companies and Government Medical Research

    This investigation is about how the National Institute of Health allows its scientists to take side jobs as consultants for drug companies. The articles show how this conflict of interest can affect their work, and how it can be detrimental to the health of America. Not only does the agency allow for the conflict of interest, but it allows top-paid employees to keep their consulting confidential.
  • "A Donor's Obsession with Secrecy; Charles Feeney's private generosity prompts charity leaders to weigh the merits of anonymous giving"

    The Chronicle explores anonymous giving by individuals or foundations, spurred by the outing of secret philanthropist Charles Feeney. Feeney set up foundations in Bermuda to avoid the scrutiny of American nonprofit regulations, while maintaining a strict conflict of interest policy on his foundations' boards.