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  • Millions Owed in Unpaid Traffic Tickets

    The City of Lubbock is owed more than $1.4 million in unpaid traffic fines that have been issued over the past five years. Our investigation discovered that many offenders have multiple unpaid tickets and have warrants out for their arrest. We caught up with one of the top five offenders, who told us he is repeatedly pulled over by police but never taken to jail, despite his outstanding warrants.
  • Earthly Concerns: The Catholic Church in America

    This article is the first time ever that the finances of the American Roman Catholic Church, including all dioceses and institutions, have been independently modeled, evaluated and presented to the public.
  • Exclusive: SPJ New York Journalism Deadline Club failed to file IRS, NY State forms for many years

    iMediaEthics is a small, not-for-profit, non-partisan international media ethics news site. Our investigation into the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists required significant resources from our small team as we sought information about the club's finances with little cooperation from the subjects of our story. Through dozens of interviews, hundreds of hours of research, FOIA requests and persistence over months of reporting, we discovered improper bookkeeping practices and the non-compliance of annual IRS filings of the club and the foundation. Our investigation led to the club's national headquarters to alert and better monitor all clubs’ finances, not just the Deadline Club in the New York City area, to make sure they file their IRS tax forms annually to not lose their non-profit status.
  • Shadow Campaign

    A four-month Palm Beach Post investigation revealed that the frontrunner in Palm Beach County's state attorney race, a prominent local politician, engaged in questionable behind-the-scenes politicking to clear his path to office. The newspaper's reporting linked the politician to threats against a popular local judge and showed that he had orchestrated a series of covert attacks against the sitting state attorney, exploiting a loophole in state campaign finance law by secretly funneling the attacks through a millionaire who wanted a favor from the state attorney's office.
  • Louisiana's Education Reform: A Leap of Faith

    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, State Superintendent John White and a carefully chosen state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education wanted agressive change in public education and they were willing to do anything to make it happen. They financed campaigns, lobbied legislators, and ignored the input of educators who said the plans wouldn't work. But, they couldn't ignore Barbara Leader, a reporter for a small newspaper 200 miles away from the state capital who, one story at a time, revealed flaw after flaw and got the attention of the entire state. State officials threatened Leader and attempted to prevent publication of article after article. Through this series, Leader established our paper and herself as a credible source for education news and gained a statewide reputation for being tenacious and fearless.
  • Leadership problems at Florida State College at Jacksonville

    Through public records requests, we forced the release of several documents Florida State College at Jacksonville sought to withhold: the wrongdoing investigation of a top executive who was also a VP at a college in New Jersey, and the five-figure bonuses given annually to most of the college's top brass. We also used Florida's public records laws to get expense reports and emails that showed little oversight on spending and infighting among board members divided over what action to take. Board members for the most part had little public discussion about their votes. Our reporting on the expenses, possible Sunshine violations and problems in the college's awarding of financial aid led to two state investigations into the college's foundation spending and overall finances.
  • Leadership problems at Florida State College at Jacksonville

    What started as a look at problems in the financial aid department led to a widespread review of college operational issues and spending that angered taxpayers and frustrated students. Through several months of reviewing records and rooting out sources, we found that the college had almost no controls on the president's spending and the board offered little oversight. We learned that this was common throughout the state after we reviewed all presidential contracts in Florida - and found lots of big-money perks. Our stories prompted two consulting reviews by the college and two statewide investigations, one from the inspector general into the president's spending and a second from the Florida College System into FSCJ's finances. The president and two other top-level leaders left the college, and reforms are expected from the Legislature this year.
  • Cheated: Why Lakewood's public schools have failed and how we can fix them

    An investigation into the financial, educational and moral corruption of the Lakewood, NJ, School District, which resulted in significant changes in leadership and government probes of its finances.
  • Big Money 2012

    Big Money 2012 is an unprecedented multi-platform project to investigate campaign finance in the post-Citizens United era. Spanning television documentary, radio and online news outlets, this initiative draws on the award-winning talents of some of the best in the industry to dig deep into a story that goes to the foundations of our democracy. FRONTLINE’s pre-election TV broadcast of Big Sky, Big Money in partnership with American Public Media’s Marketplace formed the center of this multiplatform investigation, Big Money 2012, which continued on the radio and on the web. Further coverage of this timely story also continued online as part of ProPublica’s Dark Money series featuring reporting by ProPublica investigative reporter Kim Barker with Rick Young and Emma Schwartz reporting for FRONTLINE. Big Money 2012 tells a tale of money, politics, and intrigue in the remote epicenter of campaign finance, Montana. The investigation led the teams from big sky country—to a meth house in Colorado and to a UPS store in D.C. as they followed a trail of documents. What they find exposes the inner-workings of a dark money group. In all, it’s a unique collaboration a year in the making, which has led to robust journalism with real impact. And, the story is still unfolding.
  • Capitol Assets

    For decades, a deeply flawed financial disclosure system on Capitol Hill enabled this nation’s lawmakers to conceal how their congressional work intersects with their personal financial interests. Until now. In an unprecedented examination of the finances of all 535 members of Congress, The Washington Post uncovered the connections and conflicts between the public and private lives of the nation’s lawmakers.