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    The 10 - week investigation found that state Auditor A. Joseph DeNucci and his office fall far short of the standards of conduct and management he sets for other public agencies. Among abuses found were patrongage and nepotism, campaign contibutions from organizations under audit, personal use of state cellualr phone, misue of state cars with confidential license plates and a no-show employee--the auditor himself. (Oct. 24 - 25, 1995)
  • The Power of Payroll

    The investigation, Patronage and Politics, found repeated instances of blatant political patronage and nepotism in Newark and Essex counties. Most of these practices are not illegal, but they raise ethical questions. (July 2, 1995)
  • Little Kingdoms: Local Government at Your Expense

    The Herald-Leader's nine-part series looks at how taxpayers lose to local politics. The six-month investigation found that audits and recent scandals reflect only part of the problem and that larger problems included the hiring of relatives by officeholders for county jobs, questionable contracts, wasteful spending, potential conflicts of interest, inequities in which roads are paved and a system of local government that seems tailored to the needs of officials rather than taxpayers.
  • All in the Family at Casino Board

    The Advocate "discovered that state casino board members were charging the public for up to $1,200 a month rental fees for housing they used while attending weekly board meetings in New Orleans and that there were problems with how three of the four were doing it. One member had his mother buy a French Quarter condo, and used his rental reimbursement to pay the note. Another was charging rent for using a condo he already owned with others. A third let her son-in-law and daughter move into the apartment she rented with public funds."
  • Straight Track to Bad Government

    The Lexington Herald-Leader nine-part series details how local government in the state is filled with incidents of nepotism, conflicts of interest, questionable contracts and cronyism, January - February 1994.
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    The Lexington Herald-Leader reveals that special districts that charge fees or tax to provide water sewer or emergency services are largely unmonitored and unaccountable; finds that they are full of conflicts of interest, nepotism and questionable spending, Dec. 11 - 18, 1994.
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    The St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press series finds that a lot of the summer employees in the city are often children or relatives of those working within the city government. Profiles the manager of the Parks and Recreation department, who has three children employed by the city as well as two sisters. The articles find that there is no nepotism law in the state. A lot of the minorities who apply for jobs within the city often do not get them because they do not survive the selection process. The reporters did an analysis of the county employment records. Aug. 28, 1994.
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    Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader runs a nine-part series on rampant abuses of power in Kentucky counties; findings include nepotism, questionable contracts, conflicts of interests, inequities in which roads are paved and a system of local government tailored to the needs of officials rather than taxpayers, March 3, 1994.
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    St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times discloses a Florida law passed in 1974 that allows criminal records to be sealed, wiping clean the records of people convicted of murder, child abuse, drug trafficking and sexual assault among other crimes; names individuals who have had convictions cleared of the record, Sept. 30, 1991.
  • Money laid to waste by Kootenai official

    "Kim Yerxa enjoyed life as a high-roller during his two years as director of the solid-waste department of Kootenai County, Idaho. Unfortunately, county taxpayers often paid the bill. The Spokesman-Review/Spokane Chronical documented 15 instances of how Yerxa routinely lavished work clothes and other perks on his staff, favored friends and relatives with jobs, and used county equipment and vehicles as his own."