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  • Asbury Park Press: Protecting the Shield

    Killed. Beaten. Stalked. More than 200 citizens across New Jersey have been victimized in recent years by out-of-control rogue cops. In many cases, the cops kept their jobs, even got promoted – while tens of millions of your tax dollars kept the abuses quiet. Until now.
  • Full Measure: The Foreign Connection

    Foreigners are barred from directly giving money to American politicians and political parties. But it turns out, there’s a legal way around that. It involves well-connected middlemen in the U.S., PR firms, and lobbyists, acting as foreign agents. They’re paid huge sums to get foreigners access to U.S. government officials that most Americans will never have. They may even help write our laws and direct your tax dollars to foreign interests. And when so many are talking about a foreign issue- for example, Russia, you can bet foreign agents are in the background pulling strings. For the past eight months, we’ve been examining The Foreign Connection to Russia and Ukraine.
  • Visiting Judges Costs

    There are no limits on time off for elected officials, including county judges. When a judge is absent and has hearings scheduled, then a visiting judge is paid to fill-in. The money a visiting judge earns is paid out of tax dollars. One county judge has been absent over a month for three years.
  • Public Corruption in Nassau County

    A federal investigation into New York State Senator Dean Skelos and his son’s job with a firm that had a contract with Nassau County raised the prospect that additional problems with the county contracting process had escaped federal attention. Newsday assigned four reporters to determine whether the expenditure of tax dollars had been corrupted, and over the course of the year, the newspaper published parallel investigations that have led to local and federal investigations, an impact on local elections and important questions about how the county’s top officials conduct public business.
  • The Whistleblowers

    As many in the news media have turned away from whistleblowers and the inside scandals they can reveal about government and corporations, we produced a series of original reports using brave and credible whistleblowers as primary sources on important topics ranging from civil rights violations to the government’s unprecedented and bizarre treatment of a whistleblower who helped the U.S. recover billions of tax dollars.
  • Concealed Courts: The battle for judicial transparency

    This is an entry for the IRE FIO award. Concealed Courts is a series about how the state judicial branch exempted itself from state open records laws, refused to discuss policies and declined to provide records other government agencies have to release. In the process, I found judicial employees, including Supreme Court justices, moonlighting on state time, some departments releasing information others would not and a total lack of accountability from an agency that spends hundreds of million of tax dollars. In the end, the courts put forth a records policy but by that time my stories prompted the legislature to formulate a bill to be introduced in the 2016 session.
  • Do job promises pay off?

    Economic incentives are touted as crucial to North Carolina's plan to get people back to work - and they cost taxpayers millions in the process. But policymakers on both sides of the aisle clash over whether these cash grants really help solve the problem of unemployment and promote growth in the state. WRAL News dug into the data to find out whether these programs perform as promised, where the tax dollars go and why state leaders say they're reluctant to roll back the programs despite their own opposition to “corporate welfare.”
  • Broken Bond

    Shawn Hoder (Senior Investigative Producer) and Catherine Beck (Investigative Reporter) of WXIA 11Alive team up to investigate Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond, who had aspirations of running for Mayor in the next election. That road may prove far more difficult after our nearly year-long investigation questioned his unethical spending habits and waste of tax dollars, revelations that caused Atlanta’s ethics department to investigate and later file a formal complaint against him.
  • Lifting a Cloak of Secrecy

    The Los Angeles Times and Californians Aware waged a successful, year-long battle to pry loose public records surrounding the fate of the taxpayer-owned L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
  • Congressional Rents

    Inside Edition’s report on “Congressional Rents” is an unprecedented investigation that uncovered case after case of US Congressmen overpaying rent for their congressional offices to fat-cat campaign donors. The rent money comes from their Member’s Representation Allowance (MRA) which is funded by tax dollars. Reporters and researchers for Inside Edition exhaustively examined tens of thousands of documents, including Secretary of State corporate records, Federal Election Commission campaign donor databases, and the Statement of Disbursements for the US House of Representatives to help uncover the shady leases for their congressional offices.