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    American Prospect describes how spending to rebuild after disasters has exactly the same economic effect as economic stimulus packages meant to jump-start the economy; shows how politicians who decried the latter as pork barrel politics and unworkable later took credit when the former had exactly the same results that they denied would follow; focuses on the L.A. earthquake in 1994 but mentions other disasters as well.
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    Washington (D.C.) City Paper details how scores of lawsuits against the District of Columbia to force it to provide better social and correctional programs may have backfired; because the city must pay enormous amounts to defend itself for not enforcing city laws, many politicians have been persuaded to simply do away with the laws rather than increase programs, March 25, 1994.
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    Common Cause Magazine explores the trend of politicians paying for personal expenses with campaign fund, including one senate candidate who went so far as to draw a salary from his campaign committee for the job of running for office; this practice was once thought of as terribly unethical but is now commonplace, Fall 1992.
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    Village Voice (New York) describes how the North River Water Pollution Control Plant, located in Harlem, is a decades-long exercise in environmental racism, as generations of politicians have allowed the plant to expand in order to keep the wealthier areas of New York clean at the expense of Harlem; the plant makes the entire neighborhood smell, despite promises that it wouldn't, Nov. 9, 1993.
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    New York Newsday reveals the correlation between Wall Street firms which recieve the lucrative contracts to handle bond issues and the campaign contributions those firms make to New York City politicians in control of deciding who gets the contracts, Sept. 20, 1993.
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    The Nation explains how big businesses within the U.S. and foreign conglomerates have spent millions to influence politicians to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement; the forces opposed to NAFTA do not have a fraction of the resources, June 14, 1993.
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    Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) reveals that over an 18 - month period, New York taxpayers shelled out $184 million in state contracts to mafia-linked companies; at the same time, mafia-connected companies and individuals contributed nearly $500,000 to state legislators' and other statewide politicians' campaigns, Nov. 7-9, 1993.
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    WFSB-TV (Hartford, Conn.) studies why Connecicut's cities are owed millions of dollars in delinquent taxes; finds that many nonpayers are politicians, wealthy people and land developers and discloses how they avoid paying, Jan. 12, 1993.
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    Los Angeles Times Magazine reports on the Oakland-based Asian Immigrant Women Advocates and their fight against labor practices that plague the entire garment industry; AIWA wants manufacturers, who contract out the bulk of their work to independent sewing shops, to be accountable for the workers who sew their clothes; the group wants retailers, consumers, and politicians to face up to an age - old injustice: the usually invisible plight of low-income, mainly immigrant women workers, many of whom toil in Dickensian conditions in sweatshops across the country, August 1, 1993. # CA Henry
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    Village Voice (New York) reports on the American Isreal Public Affairs Committee, the leading pro-Isreal lobby in the United States, and exposes AIPAC's longstanding practice of maintaining files--often filled with erroneous or biased information; the group judged politicians and leaders of the various American Jewish communities on their support of the Israeli Likud Party, August - November 1992.