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  • The Insider

    Swedish Radio revealed that the company Ericsson had paid over 10 million Euros in commissions to a decoy with a secret role in a huge arms deal. The payments were hidden by shell-companies in Africa and Monte Carlo and were destined for Greek politicians, military officers and senior officials. In the documentary a former employee of Ericsson emerged and for the first time spoke out about the company's bribes and dirty methods.
  • The Politics of Justice

    The NewsChannel 5 Investigates team exposed a Republican plan for a false or misleading attack on three Tennessee Supreme Court justices who faced a retention vote in August 2014. Chief investigative reporter Phil Williams relentlessly pressed Tennessee’s second-highest political figure and other activists on their commitment to telling the truth. A leading Republican lawyer called the plan “an unjustified, unwarranted attack on the independence of the judiciary.” Tennessee’s Republican governor, who would get to appoint any new justices, also expressed some concern about the planned attack.
  • Surgeon General's Warning: How Politics Crippled the Nation's Doctor

    "Surgeon General's Warning: How Politics Crippled the Nation's Doctor" details the decades of political machinations that sidelined and silenced the surgeon general, and explains the sad implications it has for the U.S. public.
  • The Politics of Poison

    Arsenic is consumed by people in small amounts in the food we eat and the water we drink. EPA scientists concluded that if 100,000 women consumed the legal limit of arsenic each day 730 of them eventually would get lung or bladder cancer. The investigation found that a single paragraph inserted into a committee report by a member of Congress essentially ordered the EPA to halt its investigation of arsenic, or make public its arsenic findings, an action that could trigger stricter drinking water standards. A lobbyist for two pesticide companies acknowledged that he was among those who asked for the delay. As a direct result of the delay a week killer the EPA was going to ban at the end of 2013 remains on the market.
  • South Korean Spy Agency’s Illegal Campaigning on SNS Before 2012 Presidential Election

    Newstapa, also known as Korea Center for Investigative Journalism, investigated suspicions about the spy agency’s involvement in the presidential election of 2012, since early March, 2013. With the use of a social web analysis tool, Newstapa disclosed some 600 Twitter accounts suspected to be related to the spy agency. After studying Social Network Analysis of 280,000 Twitter postings, it revealed that at least 10 groups systematically operated on Twitter. The in-depth reporting exploited social science research methods to disclose the involvement of South Korea’s highest-level intelligence agency, which is banned from political meddling, in the presidential election of 2012. The findings of the reports have been confirmed to be true by prosecutors’ investigations.
  • Potential Senate candidate tied to dark money groups

    Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer's connections to two secretive political nonprofit groups runs much deeper than the would-be Senate candidate let-on in July 2013. While Schweitzer was at the helm of the Democratic Governor's Association, that group funneled more than $300,000 to a Helena-based non-profit run by Schweitzer's appointee to head the state's Office of Political Practices. From there the money ended up in the bank account of a mysterious Washington, D.C.-based political non-profit. What that group spent the money on is still a mystery. Schweitzer, an outspoken critic of the influence of "dark money" on Montana politics, deflected questions about his involvement with the organizations. A top aide to Schweitzer's said a common post office box was the only connection between the former governor and the two groups. A Tribune investigation found that Schweitzer ties to the people and organizations involved in the mysterious organizations ran much deeper than a shared address.
  • Shadow Money

    With our ongoing investigation of "dark money" in politics, OpenSecrets Blog (run by the Center for Responsive Politics) has repeatedly broken new ground in revealing the cash pipeline of some of the groups that have been most active trying to influence elections and national policy. These groups -- tax-exempt nonprofits that don't have to reveal their funding sources -- spent more than $300 million in the 2012 elections, mostly on TV ads, and have continued to spend to set the stage for the next election cycle. No other news organization has done more to shine light on these secretive groups that use confusion and ambiguity in both tax law and election law to spend big money in elections around the country.
  • The Birdsall Files

    Star-Ledger reporter Christopher Baxter left no stone unturned last year in telling how one of New Jersey’s most prolific and politically influential engineering firms greased the palms of politicians throughout New Jersey to win millions of dollars in public contracts.
  • What the Federal Communications Commission’s political ad files tell us about the influence of money on politics — and what’s left out of those files

    The Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court has led to a proliferation of political groups, thinly disguised as non-profits, that don’t surface on many radar screens. They don’t have to file their contributions or most of their spending the the Federal Election Commission and any accounting they deliver to the IRS comes years after the election they worked to influence. To help uncover the political agendas behind this dark money, the Sunlight Foundation created Political Ad Sleuth, a tool that helps surface information from the one place that these groups still must leave a paper trail — the TV stations where they buy their ads.
  • All Politics Is Racial

    “All Politics Is Racial” is a thorough examination of the first mayoral term of James McGee, the town of Vinita Park's first black mayor. His election – which he was accused of stealing -- was a direct reflection of 60 years worth of larger economic and societal forces at work in the north St. Louis County region. By the time I began my reporting there, the city had already paid out three-quarters of $1 million to a group of fired, white police officers who say they were run out of the town's tiny department and replaced with black officers. Additional lawsuits – including one for sexual harassment -- are pending. Through extensive interviews and document searches, I attempted to piece together what is really going on in this tiny hamlet.