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    The story found that the search for MIAs in Vietnam - the dominant factor in relations between Washington and Hanoi - is plagued by lax oversight on the Part of the U.S. Department of Defense and abuse by the Vietnamese government. It uncovered U.S. government vehicles imported for MIA work, repaired and maintained at U.S. expense, being rented out to tourists by a Vietnamese government-owned business. It found that only a trickle of the wages the U.S. government designates for Vietnamese workers for their unskilled labor during digs actually reaches the workers. It uncovered exorbitant fees paid by the U.S. government for minimal use of Vietnamese helicopters for the digs as well as incomplete accounting for other dig-related services supposedly provided by the Vietnamese government. During the past four years, the U.S. government has spent $33.6 million on the MIA program. While the Mercury News was not able to track down all four years of spending, it was able to establish that in 1996, more than one-third of the $11.2 million spent of the program could not be accounted for and that abuse of the program is widespread. (April 28, 1996)
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    The spending by the Newark City Council and city clerk are unparalleled in cities larger or smaller. They are also among the nation's highest paid elected municipal officials and their budgets provide for lavish expenses for flowers, lunches, travel and cellular phones in one of the nation's poorest cities. The Star-Ledger investigates how meanwhile, the council's legislative record is marked by missed deadlines and inaction. (Dec. 29, 1996)
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    ARTnews investigates the Getty Center, an art institute in the Santa Monica mountains scheduled to be completed this year. The estimated cost was only $650 million, but by the time the lavish complex of buildings opens, the price tag will have risen to over a billion dollars. And the whole thing sits right on top of a fault line. The Getty Trust has more money than it knows what to do with and a lot of it is being wasted in planning and building the trust's new home. (May 1996)
  • Flying High

    KCAL-TV exposed the wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars in the use and abuse of government owned helicopters and aircraft by Los Angeles City and County politicians and governmental agencies. KCAL found out just how outdated and disorganized the accounting and record keeping was when it came to determining who was flying in helicopters, for what reasonn and what checks and balances were in place to ensure only proper usage. The investigation found little if any cost controls or monitoring of how the helicopters were used and for whom and what purpose, including a $3,400 flight to Phoenix for 3 DWP officials -- The use of LAPD helicopters to fly a shuttle service for a chili cook-off and the continued use by LA County Supervisor Mike Antonivich of LA County Fire's $1,400 an hour water-dropping helicopter for personal transportation. (May 8, 9 & 10, 1996)
  • Business or Pleasure: How Senators Spend Campaign Contributions

    The Gannett News Service investigates Senate campaign spending and finds that Federal Election Commission regulations have had limited effect; many incumbents continue to use contributions to enhance their private lifestyles. The series shows how Senators spend their huge campaign funds and how they often augment their salaries and benefits (provided by taxpayers,) by diverting contributions to their personal coffers. They use campaign funds to pay for fancy meals, vacations and clothing; and for leasing expensive cars and renting apartments.
  • Manne's Exit Not as Peaceful as it Seemed

    Legal Times investigates the resignation of Henry Manne, a renowned law and economics scholar, from his post as dean of George Mason University School of Law. After ten years of service, Manne stepped down with faculty and administrators publicly applauding his legacy. Legal Times learned that Manne's resignation came amid serious questions about his spending habits. Members of the law faculty had called for Manne's ouster after discovering that he had taken lavish trips at the expense of the Law and Economics Center, a privately-funded think tank affiliated with the university. (October 28, 1996)
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    The Evansville Courier investigates campaign funding for the state legislature in Indiana. According to the article, it is getting more and more expensive to become a legislator in the Indiana General Assembly and the state's political parties and free-spending special interest groups are paying the higher costs. While election laws have tried to clamp down on contribution problems, the laws are weak. (Jan. 28, 1996)
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    Texas Lawyer investigates Larry W. Baraka, a Texas judge who spent 85.4 percent more money on court-appointed lawyers in the last year than did his fellow county judges. While Baraka argues that his county also heard 25 percent more dispositions than courts in other counties, Baraka's district court seat plans to apprehend the judge on spending issues during next year's campaigns. (Nov. 6, 1996)
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    Smart Money investigates growing fears among homeowners of toxic substances in their houses including everything from toxic fiberglass insulation to smoke detectors with radioactive nuclear chips. The article describes the "purity movement" and how some homeowners are spending thousands of extra dollars to build houses free of what they perceive as toxic contamination. (August 1996)
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    The Humanist investigates how secret military and intelligence appropriations suck up taxpayer dollars. Corrupt and undemocratic conditions within the United States government allow Congress to siphon millions of dollars from illegal slush funds into secret weapons programs, stealing from American taxpayers. (May/June 1996)