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    The Philadelphia Inquirer investigates a five part series on the Delaware River Port Authority becoming a a prime repository of political jobs. The Authority is a recession-proof patronage machine where the right references, or relatives, can be a lot more important than a resume. (Sept. 12 - 16,1995)
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    As a staff attorney for the Watergate Committee, Rufus Edmisten served a subpoena on then-President Richard Nixon. Edmisten parlyed his reputation as a reformer taking on powerful interests into a political career in his native North Carolina, servins as Attorney General and now Secretary of State. But WRAL-TV documented how Edmisten himself used the trappings of power: staff, cars, cell phones, travel and patronage paid for by the taxpayers to benefit himself and his friends. (Aug. 1, 2, 4, 8, Oct. 13, Dec. 12, & 14, 1995)
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    In a four-month investigation, The Star-Ledger found a patronage system run amok. Of the 32 top officials in the county and city, 27 had relatives on public payrolls. Some $4.8 million in patronage jobs were found, inclucding 100 relatives at a cost of $3.7 million. (July 2 & 3, 1995)
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    The Times conducts an investigation in the wake of East Chicago's mayoral primary. East Chicago is a one-party, patronage-driven town which has had the same mayor for 24 years. Mayor Robert Pastrick also serves as county chairman of the Democratic Party. (May 5, 1995 - Dec. 24, 1995)
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    A NewCity Newspaper investigation detailed how a conviced felon and fired ghost-payroller, Dominic Longo, spread his influence at O'Hare International Airport, rising to Airport Manager. In particular, it traced how Chicago's anti-patronage Shakman Decree is skirted, how Longo consolidated power and his circuitious method for gaining control over the letting of contracts. (Oct. 5, Nov. 16, 1995)
  • The Power of Payroll

    The investigation, Patronage and Politics, found repeated instances of blatant political patronage and nepotism in Newark and Essex counties. Most of these practices are not illegal, but they raise ethical questions. (July 2, 1995)
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    Chicago Reporter reveals that federal court orders intended to end the political patronage system and allow more minority judges has promoted a confusing system in which voters leave choices up to political committees, further increasing the power of their political patronage machines; the system also promotes unqualified candidates, March 1994.
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    New York Times Magazine tells the story of Proviso West, a school in Chicago which was once first-rate; describes the negative effects of white-flight, maintenance needs, patronage hiring and falling standards, May 29, 1994.
  • The Making of an Empire: Unsolved puzzle

    Providence (R.I.) Journal-Bulletin describes an array of wrong-doing in the Rhode Island state court system including a theft of court funds and subsequent cover-up, a secret court bank account, rampant patronage hiring, the assignment of legal work to business partners and the use of court employees for private business.
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    Village Voice explores how an obscure man with a seat on a school board was able to become incredibly powerful through political patronage while looting schools, a large health clinic and poverty programs in the South Bronx, May 25, 1993,