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  • Scandal Channel: Home Shopping Saga: From Dazzle of Success to Glare of Scrutiny

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Roy Speer, Home Shopping Network chairman, is at the center of a swirl of allegations that the company or some of its top executives took commercial bribes, held secret investments in suppliers, made hush-money payments, fired would-be whistle-blowers, and maybe even had mob ties
  • Sanctions: The Pluses and Minuses

    A US News & World Report investigation reveals how Libya was able to legally circumvent UN sanctions, and how key American allies, such as the government of Egypt, allegedly assisted Libya in violating the sanctions. Other allies like Italy and Britain failed to impose some of the sanctions that delegates to the United Nations imposed. The report also examines the question over whether sanctions work.
  • With God There's No Cap

    Newsweek reports that "television evangelist Pat Robertson, who runs a vast Christian ministry and business empire, is one of the most recognizable and powerful members of the religious right movement in the United States today. A man of considerable personal wealth, he has been portrayed in much of the media as a business genius. Newsweek reveals that some of Robertson's followers, enticed by him to join a multi-level marketing company owned by his tax-exempt ministry, the Christian Broadcasting Network, now complain that they were unable to sell."
  • Burned by Merrill: Did a real estate limited partnership mislead investors?

    The limited partnership scandal involving Prudential Securities is well known. But Prudential is a scrappy, second-tier brokerage. In this detailed investigative story, Business Week raised the first serious questions about limited partnerships sold by Merrill Lynch & Co., the nation's leading brokerage firm.
  • Whitewater

    ABC News investigates and explains the "Whitewater scandal" plaguing the political reputation of President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton. Both the President and his wife are suspected of using their respective positions while they were the first couple of Arkansas to safeguard or make money on their investments. The report questions those involved in real estate deals with the Clintons, reveals the true amount of money the Clintons lost, and the ramifications behind the death of Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster, 1994.
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    The Center for Public Integrity (Washington, DC) investigates the most heavily lobbied legislative initiative in US history; the investigation found that special interest groups cumulatively spent over $100 million to influence the outcome of health care reform. The story found that some committee members accepted political action committee contributions from health-care related interests, 85 members of Congress participated in trips sponsored by the health care industry and that 40 members of Congress with jurisdiction over health care legislation had health-care related investments in 1993, July 21, 1994.
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    The Gazette Telegraph examined the business dealings of the $75 million El Paso County pension fund after adutiors noted that the fund administrator also held no-bid consulting contracts to handle the fund's real estate investments. In a nutshell, the more real estate investment the fund makes, the more the administrator makes in commissions and other fees.
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    Chicago Magazine tells the story of Saul Foos, a Chicago lawyer and talent agent who ran an elaborate scheme in which investors put more and more money into imaginary investments; Foos used the money to pay dividends to earlier investors until scheme collapsed; documents Foos' background, rise to riches and the charismatic personality which allowed him to fool otherwise intelligent investors, August 1994.
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    SmartMoney describes the growing trend of investment clubs, in which a small group of amateurs pools their money and makes small investments; focuses on one group in Seattle which nearly fell apart from personal tensions, June 1994.
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    New York Times details how two of the nation's largest securities firms made a secret deal in which both made millions on municipal bond investments steered to them by a well-connected financial wizard, May 15, 1994.