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  • Brave New CU: The university at a crossroads

    "The Colorado Daily's investigation initially centered around CU President John Buechner's Total Learning Environment initiative, but became focused on Buechner's administration and the CU Foundation after an early tip led us to question his hiring of a personal friend, Fran Raudenbush, to spearhead development of the TLS, the most expensive initiative in the university's history."
  • Living High off Public Housing

    The San Francisco Bay Guardian reports that "The San Francisco Housing Authority had no money to help displaced residents - but plenty for a sole-source contract with a Chicago consultant... In many ways, the contracts are a case study in the problems of the administration of Mayor Willie Brown and the contracting practices that have FBI agents crawling all over city hall."
  • Family ties bind the work force in close-knit Linden

    This Star-Ledger story is on nepotism at the Linden city hall, where one out of three people on the payroll is related either to someone else on the payroll, a municipal retiree or an elected city official.
  • Poles for a price

    The News finds that cronyism in the Alabama Department of Transportation reduces competition and causes the state to pay far too much for roadway equipment such as poles and light fixtures.
  • DelDOT Land Lords

    Run by a small group of little-known officials, Delaware's Department of Transportation's land office operated without oversight or detailed record-keeping. Politically connected insiders and relatives of state workers benefited from a bottomless supply of public works cash, real estate investment opportunities or inexpensive rental housing.
  • "Greasing the Wheels"

    The stated mission of the Department of Commerce is as straightforward as its name: to "encourage, serve and promote" U.S. business. Still, some members of Congress are so disgusted with the commerce department that they want to shut it down. One of its former secretaries says it has no reason for being. Even a former senior Clinton appointee at commerce concedes the agency has become a "dumping ground" for people owed jobs by the White House for their political help.
  • "A cast of cronies"

    Employees call it "the company," and Jim Wiley acts like he owns it. He provides jobs for friends and family members. He directs business to his pals. He and another supervisor use employees to do after-hours work for them. But the King County Housing Authority isn't a company, and Wiley, the executive director, doesn't own it. You do. It's a public agency, one that spends tens of millions in taxpayer money each year and manages holdings of more than $200 million. Its charge is to provide affordable housing for low-income residents of King County. It is, a Seattle Times investigation has found, an agency rife with nepotism, favoritism and deal-making -- an old-time spoils system in an era and region where such examples are few and far between.
  • "They Owe It All to Odio"

    Cesar Odio, Miami's infamous ex-city manager, hired more than 100 staffers entirely at his own discretion. When the city's gross mismanagement first came to light, Miami was millions in the red. After FBI agents caught then-city commissioner Miller Dawkins accepting cash in exchange for his vote, and after Odio was charged with soliciting kickbacks for a city insurance contract, a massive budget deficit was revealed. A contributing factor to the shortfall, said one official, was "friends of friends" government in Miami. Odio exercised the policy freely and frequently.
  • All in the Family

    When it comes to landing a job with Cowlitz County, Wash,. who's in your family tree often is more important than what's on your resume. A two-month probe by The Daily News into the county government's hiring practices revealed a long-standing system of nepotism and patronage. Nearly half of the county Road Department workers and at least one-third of the county Corrections Department employees have relatives on the payroll. (July 12, 1996)
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    Elliott James did not have to wade through the classified ads when he went looking for a job fresh out of college last year. His dad, Newark Mayor Sharpe James, put him right on the city payroll. This is just one example this Star-Ledger report chronicles in its investigation into nepotism in New Jersey's politics. (July 2 - 3, 1995)