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  • Not all of Hinchey's earmarks live up to billing

    One of the leading politicians in central New York is longtime US Rep. Maurice Hinchey. He has been unapologetic and prolific crafting earmarks that steer federal funds into his sprawling district. Many in the Hudson Valley can see the results: a pedestrian bridge that spans the Hudson River, renovations for an historic opera house and help to at-risk youth. There are dozens and dozens of others. By one estimate, two years ago the senior Democrat was among the nation's top 12 earmarking members of Congress. But a review found his earmarks have not always lived up to billing. Money for solar energy companies that did not create hundreds of promised jobs. A presidential helicopter that was supposed to be built largely in Owego, NY, is scrapped, and was decried by President Obama and US Sen. John McCain, among others, as an extremely wasteful. Also not fulfilling promises was a military contractor where dozens of jobs were predicted. While Hinchey had been identified in the past as prolific with earmarks, even the past two years finding ways to work around Congress’ ostensible ban on earmarks, no one had gone back through the public record to examine on a large scale whether key projects lived up to promises. The students obtained and examined federal databases on earmarks, read the public record on pronouncements at the time the earmarks were issued, and identified key projects that did not live up to billing.
  • Behind the Media Contractors' Veil

    The investigation examined media services contracts awarded by the military and Defense Department and found ways in which they are being used improperly.
  • Randy "Duke" Cunningham

    The Union-Tribune reveals that Rep. Cunningham was involved in shady dealings with MZM, a Washington, DC-based defense contractor--a bribe that contributed to ending the congressman's career and sending him to prison. Reporters also detail Cunningham's relationship with California military contractor Brent Wilkes, identified as Coconspirator No. 1 in the federal corruption case against Cunningham.
  • The Bridge

    This seven-day series and the follow-ups shed light on the world of private military contractors. The series chronicles the events leading up to the ambush of four private military contractors in Fallujah who were working for a North Carolina company. The investigation exposes the problems private military contractors create for the military, the cost to taxpayers and their lack of public accountability. They derive their revenue from tax dollars yet exist in a kind of "legal netherworld" between civil and military law.
  • America's For-Profit Secret Army. Military Contractors are Hired to do the Pentagon's Bidding far from Washington's View.

    With the war on terror a year old and the possibility of war against Iraq growing by the day, a modern version of an ancient practice is reasserting itself at the Pentagon. Mercenaries are thriving; only this time they are called private military contractors, and some are even subsidiaries of Fortune 500 companies. The Pentagon cannot go to war without them.
  • The high Price of Defense

    Plain Dealer (Cleveland) analyzes billing procedures of military contractors using contract documents and SEC filings; finds companies charge government for everything from executive bonuses to federal and state taxes to legal fees to fight criminal fraud charges brought by government; companies are virtually governmental arms doing business with the government, Aug. 2-5, 1987.
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    Chicago Tribune series examines the relationship between the defense industry and the government, focusing on problems of contract fraud, overcharges, kickbacks, and tax evasion among contractors; focuses on General Dynamics Corp., the nation's largest military contractor, July - December 1985.
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    Wall Street Journal examines the problem of subcontractor payoffs to executives of military contractors, Nov. 14, 1985.