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  • "Budget Breakdown"

    Nightly Business Report series looks at the federal budget process; investigation finds slush funds in the budget, and efforts to clean up the process are mired in political bickering, Feb. 5 and Sept. 1-3, 1987.
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    San Jose Mercury News exposes the cozy relationship between the Fair Political Practices Commission, California's political watchdog agency, and the politicians it is supposed to monitor, May-September 1987.
  • The Case of the Singing Sheriff

    Chicago Tribune Magazine looks at the pervasive corruption of Lake County politicians; the former sheriff and other officials received kickbacks from contractors; the sheriff saved himself by telling all he knew about other corrupt officials.
  • The Legislature's New Political Pros

    Press-Enterprise series shows how state legislators' staffs spend much of their time getting their bosses re-elected, although the millions spent to pay them goes unreported on campaign disclosure forms. (Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, 1987)
  • Coastal Commission -- an Ideal Gone Astray

    Los Angeles Times articles reveal the state's Coastal Commission, formed to regulate development along the California coast, has become a political machine often siding with campaign donors or bowing to political pressure from politicians, Sept. 7, 1987.
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    Los Angeles Herald Examiner discovers a scheme by one of California's most powerful Hispanic politicians to illegally finance his Los Angeles City Council campaign with funds from his state assembly campaign committee.(Feb. 18-Dec. 19, 1986)
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    Washington Monthly reports that the Federal Election Commission is unable to enforce campaign finance rules; politicians sometimes take in thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions knowing the penalty fines are small, March 1986.
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    Sacramento Union investigates lavish pension plans for state officials and judges in California; finds court rulings and legislation create a windfall retirement for elected politicians, April-June 1985 and January 1986.
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    Wall Street Journal finds congressmen use campaign funds for country club outings, football tickets, etc.; by calling almost any activity "political," politicians can get around campaign spending law requirements, Dec. 3, 1985.
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    Chicago Tribune article says while Port of Chicago maritime operations have languished, port district contracts have gone to allies and important politicians; the board that sets policy consists entirely of political appointees, none of whom have maritime expertise, Aug. 11, 1985.