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  • Behind the Badge

    Based on access to confidential Sheriff's Department documents, a Times investigation showed how political favoritism and negligence led to the hiring of scores of deputies whose records included violence, deceit and sexual misconduct.
  • The Brunswick Stew

    “The Brunswick Stew” is a series of investigative reports that began with plea from a citizens group in Brunswick, Virginia. They asked for help shining some light on what was going on in their county. The effort would take several months. Filing FOI requests and pouring over a seemingly endless pile of paperwork, a number of serious issues came to light. Illegal bonuses and contracts, back room politics, political favoritism in the awarding of bids, and a blatant case of public safety being put at risk are what “The Brunswick Stew” unveils.
  • Republicans snap up state jobs

    A Dispatch computer analysis shows that hiring in Franklin County has shifted toward Republicans after GOP Gov. George V. Voinovich took office. Republicans were 1.5 times more likely than Democrats to be hired, and of the new hires, Republicans on average are paid more than Democrats, among other findings.
  • North Carolina DOT Investigation

    The Observer revealed a transportation department rife with political favoritism and insider deals. Among the disclosures during this year-long investigation: Gov. Jim Hunt personally intervened with DOT to build a $7.7 million bridge that would help his neighbors and relatives. Many of Hunt's appointees to the department were people who had donated time and money to his campaign.
  • Duval County School Security Investigation

    The stories exposed illegal purchases and questionable hiring by the Duval County school security office, headed by Assistant Superintendent Joe Seager. The stories helped spur a federal investigation that led to the indictment of Seager and prominent local businessman Norman Abraham on charges of extortion, mail fraud and money laundering. Major findings: Seager tried to steer contracts, made large purchases without board approval, took kickbacks, bought faulty security equipment, got his job through political favoritism and hired a security official who'd been caught running naked through a school gym.
  • I'll Drink to That

    "This one-hour investigative documentary disclosed that Louisiana's Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control had become a virtual do-nothing agency. We documented a pattern of non-enforcement of alcoholic beverage laws, petty bribery, ticket fixing, political favoritism and payroll padding."
  • Job bureau gives no-bid bonanza to phone firm

    Plain Dealer (Cleveland) uncovers mismanagement, political favoritism and conflicts of interests in Ohio's cash-starved Bureau of Employment Services; no-bid contracts went to governor's supporters; finds slush fund used to pay for social events for governor, Sept. 20-23, 1987.
  • Pork barrel rolls along

    Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record takes a hard look at pork-barrel spending by sifting through four years worth of special interest appropriations; finds an expensive pattern of political favoritism, regional inequity and lack of fiscal control, February, June and August 1987.
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    Providence (R.I.) Journal-Bulletin investigates the abuse of power by Providence mayor in the hiring of political cronies, awarding contracts with political favoritism, March - October 1984.
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    Chicago Tribune series says fraud, government bungling and political favoritism have turned a government program to curb urban blight into a system that rewards real estate speculators with big profits and often actually contributes to neighborhood deterioration, May 1981.