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  • Millions, Nepotism & Lies

    Following a several month investigation we detailed how a small cabal of power brokers were able to take millions of dollars sparsely populated rural, Hardee County received and funnel the money to relatives and insiders without going the proper channels. This small group of power brokers has been able to fly under the radar for years because rarely does a major media outlet cover the county which is part of our viewing area. State legislators who received some of the money ended up being targets of an Investigation by the Florida Ethics Commission which is still on-going. Meantime in the course of our investigation we discovered documents showing more than a million dollars in insurance money Hardee County received for damages from Hurricane Charlie which hit the area in 2004 was unaccounted for. Although the Hurricane occurred more than 9 years ago FEMA has not closed the file. Some of the contacts we made investigating the misappropriation of funds during the grant became sources for this part of the story as well.
  • Gift With Strings Trips UCA President

    Investigation of the misappropriation of funds by a former UCA President.
  • Selling Saint Louis

    Investigation of how the Saint Louis region's power brokers are selling Saint Louis to the world, focusing on the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association and its misappropriation of funds. KMOV-TV also uncovered a $360 million taxpayer funded proposal to create China Hub at Lambert International Airport.
  • Ohio Attorney General: Price of Corruption

    WBNS-TV (Columbus, Ohio) revealed a pattern of corruption inside the state's highest law enforcement office including cronyism, misuse of state funds and property, improper use of campaign funds, ethics violations and cover-up. The reporters found that the Attorney General had used campaign funds to rent a condominium for two of his friends/employees that was later tied to sexual harassment,alleged crimes involving state vehicles and the hub for cronyism. Their reporting revealed that the Attorney General created a "transition fund" as an unregulated 501 c4 non-profit account. Through law enforcement, the station learned that this fund funneled at least $2,000 in inappropriate payments to the Attorney General's friend/employee/condo-mate.
  • "City Pensions"

    Reporters from KTRK-TV's 13 Undercover unit go behind the scenes to find out the reason for the increased cost of providing pensions for city workers in Houston. What they found was an extravagant misappropriation of funds, illegal gifts to members of Houston Firefighter Pension Board , as well as the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System. Board members were accused of taking trips around the world with their spouses, using money from the workers' pension funds. As a result of their investigation, Houston's mayor notified board appointees of the consequences of illegal gifts, and an investigation has been initiated for one pension board.
  • The price of oil

    The New Yorker investigates a ten-year multibillion oil swap involving Kazakhstan, Iran and a subsidiary of the Mobil Corporation. The story reveals that Mobil possibly violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by paying more than a billion of dollars to Russian companies in "unorthodox transactions." The report raises "questions about the company's decisions to enter deals that ultimately benefitted powerful figures in the region, including President Nursultan Nazarbayev, of Kazakhstan, and former Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, of Russia." The investigation exposes the involvement of James Giffin, an American and a trusted aide of the Kazakh president, and looks at the role that some western high-ranking officials played in the corrupted scheme.
  • Mr. Smith's Crusade

    The National Journal investigates "how Sen. Bob Smith of New Hampshire has single-handedly pushed an anti-satellite weapon that the army really doesn't want." The story sheds light on the political battles surrounding "the KE-ASAT - short for kinetic energy anti-satellite weapon." The article reports "one of those Washington wars" with "all the essential elements: a crusading lawmaker, a futuristic Pentagon defense contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars, a grand jury investigation into possible misuse of government funds, inside informants, and, yes, even an accusation of sexual harassment."
  • The Camden investigation

    An investigation into Camden's mayor found links to the mob and drug traffickers. The newspaper also found the mayor using funds from his political campaign to make a trip overseas and a corrupt police department allowing a drug ring to operate in the city.
  • Investigation, Audit Reveals Past Mismanagement by Gore's Campaign Manager

    This three-story report examines Al Gore's 2000 campaign chairman Tony Coelho when he was Commissioner General for the U.S. Pavilion at the 1998 World Exposition in Lisbon, Portugal. This report investigates Coelho's abuse of power when he held this position, including how he used taxpayer money for his personal use.
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    Akron Beacon Journal reports on the misappropriation of funds by Ohio's community college system; finds that college officials had made campaign contributions to state politicians in order to win political favors, Ohio's "Pay-to-Play" method of funding higher education, March 24, 1991.