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  • Zombie Campaigns

    Zombie Campaigns is an in-depth look at the spending habits of 102 former congresspeople who kept spending campaign donations as if they were still campaigning well after they left office. The reporting uncovered a wealth of personal spending and shone a light on loopholes that allowed some politicians to continue spending for decades after they retired, and in some cases even after they died. Along with the story, we published a searchable database of spending by those candidates we identified as running a zombie campaign.
  • WTSP-TV/Tampa Bay Times: Zombie Campaigns

    More than 100 former federal politicians kept spending their campaign money long after leaving office, a multiplatform collaboration between the Tampa Bay Times and WTSP-TV revealed. In some cases, the campaigns kept spending even though the politician was dead.
  • Tampa Bay Times/WTSP-TV: Zombie Campaigns

    More than 100 former federal politicians kept spending their campaign money long after leaving office, a multiplatform collaboration between the Tampa Bay Times and WTSP-TV revealed. In some cases, the campaigns kept spending even though the politician was dead.
  • CareerSource Tampa Bay

    The Tampa Bay Times first raised questions about the accuracy of job placement figures that CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay reported to the state of Florida and later showed how both jobs centers took credit for thousands of hires they had nothing to do with, entered fake phone numbers into a reporting system and issued bonuses to recruiters based on those inflated figures.
  • Insult to Injury

    Trauma centers save limbs and lives. But a Tampa Bay Times investigation has found that in Florida and around the nation hospitals are padding their coffers thanks to a little-known rule that lets trauma centers bill you mightily for what is simply a “cover charge.” The Times found that while state regulators must approve the creation of trauma centers, they provide no oversight of what the hospitals can charge. As a result, some hospitals are zealously charging trauma patients as an important tool in manipulating expenses and profits.
  • A Home, But No Help

    As rates of homelessness were soaring in Hillsborough County, the local government’s program for housing the poor was in crisis. It was paying millions of dollars to slumlords who housed the homeless, including veterans and families with small children, alongside sex offenders in filthy, crime-ridden and bug-infested buildings. It was sending the sick and dying to a squalid, unlicensed home where they were abused and they languished without care. It even ensured, through a perverse misuse of a federal reimbursement plan, that a few homeless people who qualified for federal disability money stayed destitute by garnishing most of their government checks. All of this was going on, but nobody --- not top government leaders nor the taxpayers who funded it --- knew the extent of the problems. That all changed when the Tampa Bay Times started reporting on the program. A series of stories by reporters Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia brought greater transparency to local government. The stories resulted in sweeping reforms and gave the area’s vulnerable homeless a voice for the first time in decades.
  • America's Worst Charities

    The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times took an unprecedented look back in time to identify America’s worst charities and expose an industry of nonprofits and telemarketing corporations that have collected hundreds of millions of dollars by deceiving donors.
  • Tampa Bay Times: Stand Your Ground

    In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting controversy, the Tampa Bay Times systematically reviewed scores of "stand your ground" cases and created the first database of its kind to bring the facts of all these cases together as a single source.
  • In God’s Name: Abuse at religious group homes in Florida

    The Tampa Bay Times shines a light on unlicensed children's homes, operating for years in rural areas out of plain sight and run by zealous operators who believe they answer only to God.
  • Saving Millions to Cost Billions

    The executives who run the local power plant in St. Petersburg said from the start that their customers should help pay a $2.5 billion repair bill at their nuclear plant because no one could have predicted or prevented the disaster that crippled the facility and shut it down. But the Tampa Bay Times revealed gaping holes in that argument. Porgress received multiple warnings from employees and contractors about their approach to the project. An internal report obtained by Tampa Bay Times even warned the utility against self managing such an ambitious construction effort.