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  • The 1980 'October Surprise' Revisited

    Three-part article describing allegations about 1980 October Surprise, in which Republicans were accused of cooperating with the Iranian government to delay the release of American hostages until after the presidential election. Includes interview with Jamshid Hashemi, an Iranian participant in secret negotiations. Also includes allegations of President Bush's and the Israeli government's involvement in the incident.
  • Washington's Other Scandal

    The Bill Clinton/Bob Dole presidential campaign of 1996, which cost $2.2 billion dollars, was the most expensive in history, and one of the most corrupted. PBS Frontline shows how both parties contrived to bend and break the law, while Janet Reno reluctantly investigates White House fundraising and Senate Republicans bury campaign finance reform, Frontline pieces together the outlines of Washington's other scandal.
  • Washington's Other Scandal

    The 1996 presidential campaign was the most expensive in history and the most corrupt since Richard Nixon's 1974 re-election. Frontline investigates how both Democrats and Republicans conspired to evade the laws which limit the amount of money allowed to flow into election campaigns.
  • The Committee; Political Assassination in Northern Ireland

    In 1991, the author produced "The Committee" as a sensational documentary for British television that revealed that a group in Northern Ireland - drawn from the Unionist members of the business community, Protestant clergy, the police (RUC), and the British security forces - was systematically colluding with Loyalist terrorists to murder Irish Republicans and other Irish Nationalists. The broadcast resulted in highly publicized legal proceedings in the High Court in London when the British Conservative government tried unsuccessfully to force the program makers to identify their confidential source.
  • Holocaust Committee

    The Tampa Tribune reports that when the Committee for Justice for Holocaust Survivors, a national organization, involved itself in the race for state commissioner, it ran negative ads against the Democratic incumbent. The series found that the committee was linked to Republicans and a European company that was being investigated by the commissioner for allegedly defrauding and refusing to pay insurance claims of Holocaust victims.
  • The Money Trail

    This Wall Street Journal story examines the controversy over campaign finance from the point of view of major donors. Information is derived from a defiend group of major donors; everyone who had given a maximum $5,000 donation to Senate Majority leader Trent Lott's political action committee in any of the three years since Republicans had taken over. Found that four of five donors had stakes in specific policies pending before the government.
  • County Raises

    Allegheny County is ruled by a three-member commission. In 1996, Republicans took control of the county commission for the first time in 50 years. The new commissioners immediately cut taxes 20%. The strain of the tax cut, coupled with infighting and poor management decisions, led to a budget crisis that resulted in deep budget cuts and the layoffs or early retirements of nearly 1000 people, and pay freezes for middle managers. The investigation revealed that in the midst of these cutbacks, some managers hired by the new commissioners got pay increases over their predecessors' salaries. Some top managers hired at one salary were soon given multiple raises (some received double-digit pay raises within a year of hire). The story exposes the policy which allowed this to happen without public consent -- even without the knowledge or consent of the third, minority commissioner.
  • Campaign finance scandal

    Time Magazine uncovers the questionable, and in some cases illegal, actions by both Democrats and Republicans scrambling to raise record amounts of money. Reports led to investigations by the Government Affairs Committee and criminal inquiries by the Justice Department.
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    During the 1993-94 election cycle, Indianapolis-based Golden Rule Insurance Co. made nearly $1 million in donations to Republicans. Mother Jones details the extraordinary access to Newt Gingrich and the Republican leadership that Golden Rule achieved. (January/February)
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    Wes Cooley was elected to Congress as part of the Republicans 1994 landslide. However, Oregon voters knew little about his background. The Oregonian's investigation found that Congressman Cooley had fabricated his history over the years, with boasts about a law degree he didn't have and claims that he was a government assassin. Specifically, The Oregonian found that Cooley had engaged in a series of falsifications about his record for political and financial reasons. The stories revealed that Cooley had falsely claimed in official election documents that he was a Korean War veteran; that he and his wife lied about their marriage while she collected military widows benefits; that he had made false statements under oath; and that he had evaded taxes by claiming an employee as a dependent. (March 20 - December 11, 1996)