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  • Potential Senate candidate tied to dark money groups

    Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer's connections to two secretive political nonprofit groups runs much deeper than the would-be Senate candidate let-on in July 2013. While Schweitzer was at the helm of the Democratic Governor's Association, that group funneled more than $300,000 to a Helena-based non-profit run by Schweitzer's appointee to head the state's Office of Political Practices. From there the money ended up in the bank account of a mysterious Washington, D.C.-based political non-profit. What that group spent the money on is still a mystery. Schweitzer, an outspoken critic of the influence of "dark money" on Montana politics, deflected questions about his involvement with the organizations. A top aide to Schweitzer's said a common post office box was the only connection between the former governor and the two groups. A Tribune investigation found that Schweitzer ties to the people and organizations involved in the mysterious organizations ran much deeper than a shared address.
  • Going Postal – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's husband sells post offices to his friends, cheap

    CBRE Group. Inc. is a commercial real estate corporation which is chaired by Richard C. Blum, who is the husband of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. In 2011, the United States Postal Service (USPS) awarded CBRE an exclusive contract to sell off postal real estate in cities and towns across America. Based upon examining hundreds of public records, Going Postal reported that CBRE has sold more than $200 million worth of post office real estate at under fair market values, often to the firm's clients and business partners. CBRE's contract with the USPS requires the company to obtain fair market prices for properties that it brokers on behalf of the public and to avoid such conflicts of interest.
  • Going Postal – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's husband sells post offices to his friends, cheap

    CBRE Group. Inc. is a commercial real estate corporation which is chaired by Richard C. Blum, who is the husband of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. In 2011, the United States Postal Service (USPS) awarded CBRE an exclusive contract to sell off postal real estate in cities and towns across America. Based upon examining hundreds of public records, Going Postal reported that CBRE has sold more than $200 million worth of post office real estate at under fair market values, often to the firm's clients and business partners. CBRE's contract with the USPS requires the company to obtain fair market prices for properties that it brokers on behalf of the public and to avoid such conflicts of interest.
  • Your Government At Work: Post Office Mansion

    "The investigation discovered the U.S. Postal Service was buying million dollar homes of employees who relocated at a time when the agency was cutting services and experiencing record losses. They found that the Postal Service had no limit on the amount it would pay for the homes."
  • Pittsburgh Terror Plot

    In October 2001, it was made known that Pittsburgh was on a list of seven US cities cited as possible targets for terrorism. The WTAE-TV investigation confirmed with sources inside the US Justice Department that in the days following the attacks of 9/11, American intelligence agents in Hamburg, Germany, discovered plans for a possible Al Qaida assault in Pittsburgh. The target was the US Post Office and Courthouse in Pittsburgh.
  • Dove of oneness: Snared by a cybercult queen

    This investigation exposed a grifter who solicits donations on the Internet to help spread the word about what she claims is a secret law that abolishes income taxes, forgives mortgages, zeroes out credit cards and declares peace. Although she has not broken the law, she moves frequently, hides behind cyber-pseudonyms and forwards her mail to post office boxes. She proclaims her interest as only promoting world peace but has links to an investment scam that robbed thousands of people out of millions of dollars and ultimately landed its creator behind bars.
  • Mail-Watching Gains in Use

    The National Law Journal reveals that a law enforcement surveillance tool known as mail cover, which was seriously abused 30 years ago, has reemerged in recent years and its popularity is gaining among law enforcement agencies. "A mail cover consists of recording the information on the outside of all the mail delivered to the target home or business. It is done by the post office at the request of a local, state or federal law enforcement agency and lasts for one or more 30-day period."
  • 2002 IRE National Conference Show and Tell Tape #3

    1) Valeri Williams (WFAA-Dallas/Fort Worth) WFAA-TV follows up its 2000 IRE Awards entry with this return investigation into Fort Worth's John Peter Smith Hospital. Reporter Williams and producer Schucker continued their investigation, focusing on Dr. Lydia Grotti and her connection to suspicious and overlooked deaths in the emergency room. As a result of WFAA-TV's investigation the Texas Department of Health began conducting its own investigation and discovered additional deaths that took place in the ER. The county district attorney's office called in a special prosecutor to examine a total of eight suspicious deaths in connection with Dr. Grotti at the hospital. 2) Robb Leer (KSTP-Minnesota) An investigation reveals that state adoption laws have loopholes that allow mothers of out of wedlock children to give the babies up for adoption without the father ever knowing. 3) Larry Posner (Inside Edition) An investigation reveals that a Florida man claiming to suffer from a rare conversion disorder that makes him act like a child is actually defrauding the state. 4) Jim Strickland (WSB-Atlanta) An area smoke detector salesman plays off the fears of senior citizens and sells them alarms at an inflated cost. 5) Larry Posner (Inside Edition) An investigation reveals that insurance companies can sell nearly-destroyed cars as though they weren't damaged. The cars are then repaired and end up in the hands of drivers who don't know they're driving dangerous vehicles. 6) Laure Quinlivan (WCPO-Cincinnati) A clip from the hour-long Visions of Vine street documentary on Cincinnati's deteriorating urban core. WCPO-TV tells the story of "Vine Street, the crumbling centerpiece of a neighborhood called Over the Rhine, ground zero for the April race riots that attracted national media attention." 7) (WTTG-District of Columbia) The city's DMV routinely charges two drivers for the same parking ticket or issues illegitimate tickets. The system is so bad that one lawyer spends all his time fighting parking tickets. 8) Vic Lee (KRON-San Francisco) An investigation reveals its not hard for employees at the San Francisco airport to sneak in knives. 9) (CBS 11-Dallas) Workers at a U.S. Post Office in Dallas are shown stealing from the mail. 10) (CBS 11-Dallas) Coverage of a fony charity called Kid Wish USA. The scam took money from donors who thought they were giving to dying children.
  • Local moves for 2 postal officials cost $248,128

    The Post reports that the U.S. Postal Service paid relocation benefits to two of its executives, even though they moved less than the required 50 miles that would qualify them for the payout and still went to work at the same location.
  • The Check's Not In the Mail

    Fox News/Fox Files reports an "Undercover investigation and sting of individual(s) selling federal income tax refund checks on the streets of Los Angeles. Investigation took place over three months and our team was offered over quarter million dollars worth of refund checks. ... checks were most likely stolen in bundles suggesting that they never got to the local post office for their specific zip codes..."