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  • Tax Cheats

    The Times reports on how companies and rich families use off-shore services -- such as registering in Bermuda, under the advice of Ernst & Young -- to avoid paying taxes. The stories reveal that the federal government has lost billions of dollars each year in evaded taxes. As a result of the uproar, many Republicans in Congress have broken with the party leadership and have voted to tighten the legal loophole.
  • Courting Big Money

    The Buffalo News explains "how judicial elections, specifically State Supreme Court, are financed in New York state." The newspaper found that "judges and judicial candidates in the eighth judicial district in Western New York were forced to take part in an election system that turned them into fundraisers for the major political parties. Even those candidates who were cross-endorsed by the major parties, who had no election opponents, raised money that was then donated to various candidates for office. This occured despite a ban on judges making direct political donations. A loophole allowing judges to buy tickets to political events was used, with tickets costing as much as $1,000. And most of the money was raised from attorneys, who one day might appear before these very judges."
  • Judging Rory

    Houston Press investigates the conduct of Rory Olsen, judge of Probate Court 3 in Harris County, Texas. The court presides over wills and administers mental health hearings. The investigation finds that judge Olsen has recused himself more than any other judge in the state; his fellow Republicans are his most fiery critics; imposes huge expenses on affluent people who go to court for will probations; fails to communicate with mentally ill people who enter his court.
  • State Secrets: An investigation of political party money in the states

    An campaign finance investigation by the Center for Public Integrity revealed, among other things, that the Democratic and Republican state party committees raised $570 million in the 2000 election cycle and that nearly half -- 46 percent -- of that money came in the form of "soft money" transfers from national party organizations.
  • The Investors

    The Wall Street Journal examines "the influence of money and political connections on policy decisions during the first year of the Bush administration." The series finds that Republicans owe a "great debt," and that "industries that backed Bush are now seeking return on investment." The investigation includes a list of the top ten industries that contributed the most to the Bush campaign and GOP for 1999-2000 election year. Airlines score first, followed by oil and gas companies, and banks and credit card industry. One of the stories in the series reveals that the Chamber of Commerce attempted to influence judicial elections. Another article sheds light on Enron's contributions to the Bush campaign, and the company's political ties in light of its bankruptcy filing.
  • Caucuses: Secret Campaign Machines

    A Wisconsin State Journal investigation reveals that "four state government agencies costing taxpayers $3.9 million a year were operating as extensive and possibly illegal campaign machines on behalf of lawmakers and candidates selected by the legislative leaders." The series also finds that a political group used a taxpayer-funded office to prepare "smear campaigns" against Democratic politicians; Democratic lawmakers and legislative employees have used their taxpayer-funded jobs to prepare election campaigns and solicit contributions; that a top Republican leader hired a staff member whose only job was to raise money and coordinate donations. The state Ethics Board has failed to stop and punish the ongoing political corruption, the State Journal reports.
  • Cocaine, cash and the captain

    WKMG-TV investigates the connection of Captain Victor Thomas, a high-ranking sheriff's official, to a drug murder and rip-off. The story describes the circumstances at which Thomas was arrested trying to smuggle 18 kilos of cocaine. The reporters find that "instead of quickly putting the case of one bad cop behind it, the sheriff's office and FBI continued to pursue leads down the same trail WKMG was trolling, at times crossing investigative paths, but ultimately winding up with a scandal that claimed six careers, put two cops in jail and revealed the seamier side of a law enforcement star out of control."
  • Sectional Politics

    National Journal investigates the impact of domestic migration on American politics. The story reveals that Americans are choosing places that appeal to their cultural preferences, according to census data. Migrants are forming distinctive political entities, especially in the fast growing parts of the country like the Deep South, Rocky Mountain West and Pacific Northwest, the Journal reports. Surveys have shown that natives often denigrate migrants, but in fact newcomers' values are close to those of long-time residents. The article sheds light on the so-called "white flight," a trend that describes the inclination of many whites to leave high-immigration metropolises in search of white suburbia.
  • A Bounty for Business

    A National Journal investigation reveals that big business players have made out from the new minimum-wage law passed by the Clinton administration in August 1996. Though the law was ostensibly designed to benefit low-income workers, the story reports, tiny provisions buried deep in the text provided special tax breaks for large corporations and projects. Among the beneficent are owners of gasoline station convenience stores, pizzerias and other restaurants that deliver food, the chemical manufacturing giant Hercules Inc., a hydroelectric project in Alaska, and others. The gifts for big corporations were intended to calm down Republican opponents and guarantee quick passage of the law, the Journal reports. But once the spigot was opened, it proved tough to shut off.
  • If you cut our budget, we'll have to shoot this bear

    A Washingtonian investigation lists 30 strategies that lobbyists and agency officials use to save their programs from budget cutting. The we-are-a-bargain tactic, kids-will-suffer threat, and the explanation that unaffordable luxuries are actually wellsprings of technology, are among the most popular power plays, the magazine reports. The story describes the most time-honored defensive strategy of budgetary politics - the prediction that the most popular services would be the first to be sacrificed. Protection is provided also when the necessity of pandering to voters becomes especially crucial in times of coming elections. The article looks at the political games behind budget-cutting proposals, and reveals that, for example, Republicans' favorite target are programs introduced by President Clinton.