The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
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"In a year-long series of stories for World News and Nightline, ABC News' chief investigative correspondent and his team reported on a pattern of unbecoming and unethical behavior in offficial Washington that culminated in the revelation's of Congreeman Mark Foley's sexually-explicit internet messages with high school students who served as Congressional pages." Stories in the series also examine some of the consequences from the lack of an ethics code for the Supreme Court and a probe of unethical behavior of a retired U.S. General.
Tags: broadcast; financial disclosure forms; lobbyist Jack Abramoff; Congressman Tom Delay; Congressman Mark Foley; instant messaging; Congressional Pages; House Ethics Committee; Kyle "Dusty" Foggo; CIA; Air Force; Department of Defense Inspector General's Office; Federal Election Commission; Political Money Line; Federalist Sociey; legal ethics; Supreme Court; Congress; Pentagon; influence peddling; FBI; IRS; Brent Wilkes; Taxpayers for Common Sense; Keith Ashdown; Porter Goss; Thunderbirds; General T. Michael Mosely; Senator Tom Coburn; General Hal Hornburg; Project on Government Oversight; Danielle Brian; U.S. Trademark Office; General John Jumper; Blue Angels; midterm elections; access; Campaign Legal Center; Gerry Hebert; pay to play; House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children; sexually explicit messages; sexual exploitation; graphic language; solicitation; Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert; Internet sex; FBI investigation; Congressman Tom Reynolds
A classic case of negotiating over public records, this series of stories chronicles the legal battle between the University of Louisville and the Courier-Journal. Since filing suit in 2001, the newspaper maintained that the public needs to know the donors who contribute to the McConnell Center for Political Leadership, which was founded by Senator Mitch McConnell. The donor list to the McConnell Center includes some of the largest corporate names in Kentucky, names that also rank among the top donors to McConnell's political campaigns. The stories even uncovered legislative attempts, by Sen. McConnell and his allies, to block access to foundation documents. In November 2004 the courts ruled in favor of the newspaper.
Tags: FOIA; University funding; University of Louisville; McConnell Center for Political Leadership; Senator Mitch McConnell; donors to campaigns; donations to universities; public records; data negotiation; political fraud
The Asbury Park Press' investigations of municipal officials found that politically powerful attorneys had almost free reign to double bill and over bill the agencies they were supposed to serve. An investigation of the township attorney, who is the top elected Republican in the state, found that he double billed the city by more than $8,000. He initially said the double-billing was not his responsibility, but later admitted it was an accident. The Press found that the project in which the double-billing occurred was part of an unfinished seven-year effort to rewrite the city's ordinances. The senator charged more than $100,000 for the incomplete work, although similar projects cost a quarter as much and can take months, not years, to finish. Close examination of these billing records for the ordinance re-writing project showed his bills included rewrites of ordinances that don't exist, and repeated rewrites of ordinances that were little more than a paragraph or two long.
Tags: Marlboro Township-New Jersey; Council Members; Mayor Matthew V. Scannapieco; developers; Anthony Spalliero; Senator John O. Bennett III; political contributions; double-billing; town budget; ordinances; legal invoice; Monmouth County; campaign contributions; Center for Responsive Politics Marlboro Cultural and Improvement Fund; Keansburg Board of Education; New Jersey State Commission of Investigation; reform bill; elected officials
Emerge magazine investigates new conservative and libertarian think tanks which call themselves civil rights groups, but in reality, are closer to anit-civil-rights groups. With names like Institute for Justice, Campaign for a Color-Blind America, Landmark Legal Foundation or Center for New Black Leadership, the think tanks pose as champions of minority rights, but fight against job "quotas" or minority districting in an effort to correct reverse discrimination. (Sept. 1996)
Center for Public Integrity report, "Saving for a Rainy Day," reports on how campaign cash can be pocketed and spent legally; excess campaign funds are turned over for personal use; collection of articles from around the country on the subject are attached, including Houston Chronicle, Roll Call, Philadelphia Inquirer, Richmond Times Dispatch, Washington Post and National Journal, 1991.