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As Texas' oil production has boomed and the Craddick family's oil wealth has increased, so has their political clout. When Christi Craddick assumed elected office as that industry's top regulator in 2013, it ensured the Craddick name would be one of the most powerful and widely-renowned in the state's history. KXAN discovered, since the start of 2014, Craddick voted at least 320 times on agenda items brought by companies that pay her and her family royalties or dividends, according to her personal financial disclosures. We also found she cast more than 100 votes on enforcement actions against those companies.
This story focuses on Equatorial Guinea, a small country in West Africa. Equatorial Guinea is a country that benefits from oil wealth, but also experiences corruption and repression. The story also investigates the family of Equatorial Guinea's dictator, a very wealthy man who supposedly lives a lavish lifestyle while the rest of his country remains poor. According to some, the ruling family also tortures political prisoners.