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  • Watching the Watchdogs

    The story documented how six tax investigators for the city of Pittsburgh were failing to do their job. Instead of looking for deadbeat businesses, they were shopping, taking four-hour lunch breaks or simply going home. Moreover, some of them got reimbursed for mileage on the days they were not working. Their jobs are especially critical in difficult financial times, when Pittsburgh is under state oversight because of its poor finances. The story had added weight because this was not an isolated case of one or two employees; the entire department has only eight tax investigators and this investigation found six of them goofing off.
  • Prescription for Profit

    Conditions in the county hospital were deplorable, a culture of callousness pervasive and impoverished patients faced many barriers to care. Yet the system is rolling in money, primarily because it raised rates so that it could game federal Medicaid money that was supposed to help the poor. Rather than using it for that purpose, the taxpayer-financed system banked the money or invested it to try to attract insured patients, as highlighted by decisions to purchase a boutique hospital and a clinic in a high-income area. Officials of the healthcare system also misled the public, the hospital board and county officials about the finances and conditions in the hospitals and clinics.
  • Broken Promises

    JPMorgan Chase has become the central focus of what is now the largest-ever criminal investigation of the $2.6 trillion municipal bond market. This report shows how JPMorgan Chase convinced school districts, counties and cities to use so-called interest-reat swps, complex derivatives that were supposed to provide low-cost financing to the public. Instead, taxpayers lost millions of dollars as JPMorgan reaped profits.
  • The Chauncey Bailey Project

    After Chauncey Bailey, an editor at the Oakland Post, was "assassinated" the newspaper "leaped on the story. The next day, a 19-year-old employee of a long time Oakland business called Your Black Muslim Bakery was charged with killing Bailey and said in a confession he later recanted that he shot the editor to stop him from pursing stories about the bakery's trouble finances and internal power struggles."
  • Campaign Cash

    "Though Oregon legislators had promised to limit the use of their campaign donations to actual campaigning during the 2007 sessions, they balked and passed no such reform during. Thanks to new reporting requirements, legislators had to begin itemizing how they spent their campaign money at all times."
  • Scouts may be thrifty, but some leaders are well-paid

    "While the Boy Scouts depend on volunteerism by adults to stretch funds and deliver most programs, top Scout executives are well paid. The top scouter in America received nearly $1 million in compensation in 2005."
  • Booster U.

    "This project explored the growing influences of booster clubs in college sports, detailing how private donations to the largest athletics departments have grown sharply in recent years, eating up an ever-larger share of contributions to colleges."
  • The Plane Truth

    Anand Kilari self proclaims to be one of the largest Christian ministers in the world. He has ties to "right-wing movers and shakers" as well as claiming "to have counseled despots like Charles Taylor and Saddam Hussein." However the focus of his ministry’s finances has seemingly gone into his plane. "In fact, if you scrape the surface, you will discover that Kilari has spent the last 25 years pretending to be a big shot- and fooling most people most of the time."
  • Pipeline to Peril

    The story exposed how the US government finances and benefits from practices it also condemns, namely human trafficking, and how those practices feed an undocumented and illicit pipeline of cheap labor to America's privatized military-support operations in Iraq.
  • Al's Secret Admirers

    This story looks into irregularities and violations in Al Sharpton's campaign finances. Sharpton set up a meeting between two fund-raisers and a New York city official to arrange investments; Sharpton was caught on tape by the FBI for soliciting $25,000 from the fund-raisers. The story showed that Sharpton wound up on of the men's corporate payroll with a $25,000 salary. It also found reported donations that appear to never have occurred.