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  • 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.
  • Wasteland

    The Spokesman-Review five-part reports that waste isn't just being removed from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, it's also being created. The cost of cleaning up the weapons facility is millions of dollars a day--much of it flowing freely to pay for perks, studies and endless bureaucracy.
  • High-Tech Handouts

    The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that "The government is propping up American corporations by subsidizing their research and development. The promise is high-paying jobs. The payoff so far is pork, politics and giveaways to big business."
  • Crime and punishment

    U.S. News & World Report asks "Politicians are vowing to get tough, but will more prisons and fewer perks really cut crime?" U.S. News looks into the growing concern over crime in America. The American public wants tougher sentences, and fewer perks. The government agrees, but finds it difficult amid convict's lawsuits, and courts ruling against the justice system.
  • Wasteland

    Spokesman-Review's six-month investigation into "how taxpayer dollars are being spent on the nation's largest nuclear waste cleanup, at Hanford in Washington state. Their major findings: After five years and $7.5 billion, little has been cleaned up so far, and as much as one in every three dollars may have been wasted. Lucrative contracts born during Hanford's bomb-making days still reward private contractors for inflated spending on such perks as chauffeur service, free pizzas, jewelry, self-help books and do-nothing jobs.
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    In an investigation of children's charities, the Detroit Free Press finds that in many of the charities, money that was meant to help children often found its way to executives in the form of perks, entertainment, and profits; the investigation also found that the Attorney General's office was doing little to protect consumers against fraud, February - December 1994.
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    The Anchorage Daily News found that the largest garbage utility in Alaska, Anchorage Refuse Inc., had for years improperly stuck customers with tens of thousands of dollars in perks for members of the family that owns the company. The series resulted in a regulatory investigation that led to the utility paying over $400,000 in refunds to customers and $230,000 a year in rate cuts, Feb. 27, March 3, July 26, Sept. 14, Oct. 11, Dec. 20.
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    Common Cause Magazine describes how George Bush uses the trappings of incumbency for political purposes while running for re-election; cabinet members spend huge amounts of their time stumping and fundraising for the president, laws are made with re-election in mind, and other perks of the office are exploited for political reasons, May 1992.
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    The National Journal studies the U.S. House of Representative's Class of '92; findings include not living up to calls for more independence and elimination of perks.
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    Newsweek reveals that the military has been training some of Latin America's most despicable military officials since 1946; at taxpayer expense, military strongmen from Manuel Noriega to the head of El Salvadorean death squads were taught military skills and given free perks like baseball tickets, Aug. 9, 1993.