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  • Murder, Money and Politics

    A $54.5 million program touted by Illiinois Gov. Pat Quinn to reduce violence consisted of teens handing out fliers to promote inner peace, take field trips to museums, march in a parade with the governor and even attend a yoga class to reduce stress. Two years after the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative began, the murder rate was nearly 20 percent in Chicago.
  • Dollar Politics

    Health care lobbyists are trying to get their clients' interest represented, which involves millions of dollars going into Capitol Hill. This series examines the connection between money and politics and what it means for health care in the United States. Also, in this series the description that leads politicians and lobbyists to distort the lines between political support and utter corruption is explained.
  • Money and Politics

    A year-long investigation into the role of Tennessee campaign contributions in Tennessee politics, and how candidates used these contribution funds. The Times found that candidates filed inaccurate disclosure reports and that there was little to no examination of the documents. They also took a look at Tennessee money in federal elections, and found that local races were not competitive, and that Republicans in particular were funneling contributions to out-of-state candidates.
  • City Hall Scandals

    "These articles delved the influence of money and politics in Los Angeles city government and revealed a system in which government officials pressure private firms to make sizable political donations in return for contracts, a contractor made large sums of money padding the bills it submitted to city government, and the city's mayor used a public relations firm under contract with the water department to advance his own agenda, and a favored mayoral fund-raiser bounced checks to business associates and political candidates, including the mayor, with impunity.
  • Loan Ranger: Federal Mortgage Firm Is Facing New Assault To Privileged Status

    The Journal reports that "Fannie Mae has clout to counter the agencies that seek to privatize it," a clout that "stems from money, votes and connections ... Like many corporations, Fannie Mae has a political action committee to channel funds to friendly lawmakers. And whenever the status quo seems under fire, it rallies support from friendly groups with influence in every congressional district, such as realtors, mortgage lenders and homebuilders."
  • The prisoner and the politician

    WNBC-TV investigates corruption allegations involving Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ). The report features an interview with convicted fundraiser David Chang, who said Torricelli has helped him with multi-million-dollar business deals in exchange for cash and gifts totalling more than $150,000. However, according to the contest entry summary, "Torricelli was never charged with any crime; the Senate Ethics Committee reprimanded him for accepting just a few illegal gifts."
  • Secret lottery foundation/ governor's house

    The Register investigates the political and business activities of Don Siegelman, Alabama's governor. Part of the stories focus on "secret fund-raising activities by the governor through what was thought to be a dormant nonprofit foundation to support a state lottery initiative," according to the contest entry summary. The rest of the stories reveal how a longtime supporter of the governor, using his accountant as a straw man, has bought Siegelman's private residence in Montgomery, Ala., for twice its appraised value.
  • Road to Corruption

    The Citizen-Times investigates corruption among police officers at the Division of Motor Vehicles. According to the contest questionnaire: "Charges included bribe-taking to ignore truck-safety violations for politically connected companies, job and promotion buying within the agency, the coercion of officers to make donations to politicians, ticket-fixing and a loss of focus on the primary mission of enforcing trucking industry laws." Some of the conclusions were based on database analysis. The newspaper's investigation has been followed by a grand jury investigation.
  • Capitol Offenders: How Private Interests Govern Our States

    [THIS ENTRY TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE UNTIL BOOK REVISION IS OBTAINED.] An investigative report exposing the close ties between state lawmakers and powerful industries, documenting the fusion of public service and private interest. This book examines much of the raw data that proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the large role that big business plays in a largely unregulated area of American politics. Lobbyists for these organizations, according to the book, outnumber state legislators 6 to 1, and expenditures by the 36,959 special interests registered in 2001 topped $565 million. With a special emphasis on financial disclosure reports filed by state lawmakers around the nation, this book documents dozens of cases of conflicts of interest where public interest was sacrificed for lawmakers' personal interests.
  • Judicial Junkets

    ABC News investigates "big money lobbying of federal judges ... through the use of free junkets." Large corporations and foundations with interests in cases that come before the federal courts often invite the judges on all-expense paid trips. The main finding is that "one in ten judges, nearly 300 members of the federal bench, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices, have accepted the controversial free trips to one or several privately funded luxury "seminars" held at golf resorts, dude ranches and luxury hotels."