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  • Big Money, Unlikely Donors

    Los Angeles Times journalists combined shoe-leather reporting with sophisticated digital tools to unravel the tangled web of political donors linked to a controversial $72-million apartment project, resulting in enhanced scrutiny.
  • Fixed Fortunes

    In the era of billion-dollar presidential campaigns and political groups that can raise donations in unlimited amounts from almost any source, we are used to reading stories about the large amounts of money that special interests invest in politics. But what do they get out of the government they spend so much trying to influence by supporting political campaigns and parties or hiring well-connected lobbyists? Bill Allison and Sarah Harkins set out to answer that question, compiling huge amounts of data from multiple federal sources, identifying the biggest corporate political donors over a six year period, and then compiling numbers on the various federal support -- contracts, grants, loans, loan guarantees and various programs adopted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis -- to attempt to show what the biggest donors get from the federal government.
  • The Political 1% of the 1% in 2012

    In the 2012 Election 28 percent of all disclosed political contributions came from just 31,385 people. These donors represent the "1% of the 1%," an elite class that increasingly serves as the gatekeepers of public office in the United States. Our analysis covers who these wealthy donors are, how they impact every congressional seat and where states ranks among this group of political donors. Only have three minutes? Watch a video about the 1% of the 1% story here: http://youtu.be/042xZQZPZjU
  • Dubious Value

    "The series was devoted to determining how inaccurate residential property assessments in New Orleans were, and why. The major findings: The average home sold for 70 percent more than its assessed value. Homes that sold recently were much more accurately assessed than those that hadn't sold for a generation. Political donors got favorable treatment. The results: Newcomers pay extremely high taxes, while the city overall has an anemic tax base and poor services. In addition to the main series we published four other exposes during the year involving particularly egregious assessment abuses."
  • Enron Top Brass Accused of Dumping Stock Were Big Political Donors

    The Center for Public Integrity deals with the extensive record of campaign giving by the top directors and executives at Enron. They found that 24 of the company's directors and executives contributed $800,000 to the Bush campaign, members of Congress and others overseeing investigations of the company from 1999-2001. "Perhaps the most important revelation was that former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay had donated $25,000 to Attorney General John Ashcroft when Ashcroft ran for U.S. Senate."
  • The Country Club

    Common Cause Magazine investigates how an elite group of corporations, unions and super-rich individuals is financing the political parties, shaping the political agenda and reaping great rewards from huge soft money contributions. Members of an ever-growing group of big political donors come from virtually every segment of the nation's economy and in some cases benefit from their generous donations by receiving titles as lofty as "ambassador" or "Cabinet secretary." (Spring/Summer 1996)