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    In the 1990's, influence is available to anyone who can spare, say a hundred grand to underwrite a few political campaigns. Mother Jones identifies the nation's largest political contributors. Most of them see their donations as sound investments; in return, they ask for--and recieve--generous tax breaks or legislation favorable to their businesses.
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    A handful of mutual fund managers spent the waning days of 1995 jockeying for the number 1 spot in the all-important year-end rankings. Smart Money takes an inside look at the industry's hottest race. (February 1996)
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    The Gazette Telegraph found that a few key El Paso County officials were improperly profiting by purchasing real estate through the county pension fund. The investigation found that Mike Witty, the pension fund's professional administrator, had been quietly awarded generous, no-bid contracts to also manage the fund's real estate investments through a private consulting firm. (1995)
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    The Mercury News examined in detail the role and influence of money on the state's legislative process. The investigation tracked the flow of money into the Legislature and to its membership over the course of an entire legislative session, and demonstrated in detail the extent to which money spent by special interest groups results in staggering returns on their investments, in the form of tax breaks and special interest legislation which the public unwittingly subsidizes. (January 8 - 12, 1995)
  • Broken Trust

    The Advertiser finds that Bishop Estate, Hawaii's largest private landowner and one of the largest charities in the world, invested over $100 million in 2 Texas energy ventures now mired in federal bankruptcy actions. The five estate trustees paid $915,000 each each last year, all invested personal funds in one of the Texas deals, as did most senior estate staff, raising serious conflicts of interest questions. (Feb. 26 - April 30, 1995)
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    Credit Unions invest part of their depositors' money in the money market. To do this, they give the money to an institutional funds manager. A regional institution called Capital Corporation was such a manager, serving 160 credit unions throughout the U.S. Three months before "CapCorp" failed, the National Credit Union Administration regulators rate it "safe." Credit Union Information Service discovered that CapCorp was on the verge of failure due to investments it had made. (Jan. 2, 16, 30, Feb. 13, April 24, May 8, & Sept. 11, 1995)
  • Squaring off over annuities

    The intentions of a mentally incompentent 95 - year - old woman are at issue in a price-fixing lawsuit filed against several hundred charities. The woman's court-appointed guradian and his team of anti-trust lawyers contend that the charities are selling investments at below market rates. Charities say that they are making it easier for elderly donors to make contributions by offering payouts on gifts known as gift-annuities.
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    An in-depth look into Warren Buffet's fortune-an astounding net worth of $10 billion. A complete account of how he rose to the top in investing, and most important, a substantive analysis of how his rare personal traits led to his business success. (Aug., 1995)
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    A two-month investigation by Money Magazine shows that abusive techniques are endemic to the life insurance industry. The story reveals that insurers and agents routinely improperly use the cash value in an existing policy to generate commissions on a new one, sell life insurance using ploys such as so-called vanishing premiums and peddle insurance disguised as private pensions and other investments. (January, 1995)
  • Who's Minding the Store

    SmartMoney find that the Securities and Exchange Commission is not doing a good job of policing mutual funds, inspectors are young, inexperienced and low paid and that there's a good chance that if these watchdogs do uncover anything, investors will never hear of it, and that violations are plenty. (October 1994)