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    Chronicle of Higher Education reports on an FBI investigation of Ohio's community colleges, where college officials were found to have used college funds to make campaign contributions to powerful state representatives; funds were used to lobby state legislature, college funds were embezzled, and the state inadequately monitors the finances of the community colleges, April 10, 1991.
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    St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reviews the campaign finances of U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina, darling of the Religious Right and ultra-conservative Republicans, March 3, 1985.
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    Philadelphia Magazine investigates high-paying, no-bid contracts for city consultants were often awarded to fundraisers or contributors to public officials' campaigns; many consultants duplicated city jobs and did not perform the contracted work, July 1990.
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    Commercial Appeal tracks the flow of income and expenses in the athletic department of Memphis State University; repeated NCAA violations have brought unwanted negative publicity; MSU has managed its finances ineffectively; eight-part series, March 18 - 25, 1990.
  • Anatomy of an Election

    Common Cause Magazine studies the impact of U.S. policy on Nicaragua; millions in U.S. funds went into Chamorro's election efforts, while parties that did not receive American funds suffered.
  • The Trump Shuffle

    Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) examines developer and self-promoter Donald Trump's finances.
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    Mother Jones uses a portrait of Rep. Newt Gingrich, then-Minority Whip of the House of Representatives, to examine the influence of PAC spending on congressional ethics, October 1989.
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    Los Angeles Herald Examiner publishes a 160-story series about lax ethics and conflicts of interest in Los Angeles city government; finds mayor Tom Bradley accepted funds from businesses the city worked with and failed to report $238,000 in personal finances, March - November 1989.
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    Los Angeles Times looks at the International Integrity Award; finds manipulative techniques, including sexual seduction, to recruit and keep followers and build a New Age empire with suspicious finances, Aug. 14 - 15 and Sept. 19, 1988.
  • Penalty flag tossed on NCAA enforcement

    The Florida Times-Union takes an extensive in-depth look at the NCAA's enforcement system. It reveals the NCAA's rules are so complex that compliance is virtually impossible and infractions are "investigated by poorly paid undertrained staff that suffers from high turnover and is prohibited from using basic investigative tools, such as tape recorders." The NCAA does not actively police its member schools to make sure they are complying with the rules, and when "called for a hearing before the NCAA, schools are not allowed to confront their accusers nor are they allowed to call witnesses. Though there is an appeal procedure, no school has ever won an appeal." Also, "while the NCAA's decisions directly affect the careers, education and finances of student athletes, those athletes have no voice in the NCAA." The Times-Union reports on these and other aspects of the NCAA's current system, and looks at several high-profile examples as well.