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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.
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California set up foreign-trade offices around the world to boost the state's exports and lure investors from other countries. However, documents obtained by the Register showed the trade offices repeatedly made false and overblown claims about the business deals they said they were instrumental in landing. In their last annual report, the offices took credit-at least 31 times on deals totaling $4.2 million-for export or investment deals in which they played little or no role. Six times, they took credit for deals that, in reality, did not happen. Officials in the state agency that had oversight responsibility for the offices said they never checked the accuracy of the offices' claims and believed they had no reason to.
Tags: commerce; trade offices; annual report; California Legislature; California Technology Trade and Commerce Agency; California Assembly; California Senate; brokerage; toxic-cleanup; Gigante USA; South Africa; Tokyo; Taiwan; Singapore; Tri-C Manufacturing; exports; Onlyone Products Inc.; H/A International; United Food and Commercial Workers union; U.S. Department of Commerce; California Bureau of State Audits; Department of Finance; private enterprise
These stories revealed crucial information undermining the U.S. Air Force's controversial plan to lease 100 air refueling tankers from Boeing-a deal, which, if completed, would have cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars more than if traditional purchasing were used. "Under the Radar" deals with documents showing how Boeing pushed a plane that even some military officials doubted was right for the job. It also revealed how the Air Force relied on Boeing to shape the basic performance requirements for the tanker and let the company devise the financial structure of the costly, unusual lease agreement. "Stormy Weather" discloses a perverse effect of the derailing of the lease proposal.
Tags: U.S. Air Force; air refueling tankers; Boeing; taxpayers; Air Force officials; Congress; White House; Pentagon; White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card; endorsement; tanker planes; Lockheed C-5 transport; Lockheed C-17 transport; Continental Airlines; lobbying campaign; European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co.; Senate Commerce Committee; EADS; Congressional Budget Office; Defense Department; Air Force Air Mobility Command; Fleet Viability Board; General Accounting Office
The Chicago Tribune reports "The Daleys of Chicago have been one of the most powerful families in national politics since the reign of Richard J. Daley as Chicago's mayor from 1956 to 1977, and the late mayor's sons have carried on the tradition. Richard M. Daley is mayor of Chicago, William Daley, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, John Daley a Cook County Commissioner and Michael Daley is one of Chicago's most successful zoning lawyers.... Despite crafting an image for himself as something of a reformer, the current mayor has nurtured the tradition of political nepotism. The investigation found at least 68 relations of the Daleys on public payrolls during the current mayor's administration... All but 15 of the 68 remain today. Last year, their combined salaries alone totaled more than $3 million."
A 20/20 investigation finds that top American clothing manufacturers, including Ralph Lauren, the Gap, Liz Claiborne and the Disney Company (parent of ABC), are using Chinese workers housed in crowded and often rat infested barracks on the Pacific island of Saipan to produce clothing labeled, "Made in the U.S.A." The workers have to pay off government officials in China for the right to work in Saipan and are forbidden to participate in any religious, political or union activity.
The stated mission of the Department of Commerce is as straightforward as its name: to "encourage, serve and promote" U.S. business. Still, some members of Congress are so disgusted with the commerce department that they want to shut it down. One of its former secretaries says it has no reason for being. Even a former senior Clinton appointee at commerce concedes the agency has become a "dumping ground" for people owed jobs by the White House for their political help.
The Columbus Guardian investigates plans by Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboratories, the largest manufacturer of baby formula in the United States, to expand into the international market by establishing its own private Foreign Trade Zone in downtown Columbus. State and local officials have lent support to the plan despite serious questions about Ross's past business practices, about how infant formula is marketed in underdeveloped countries and about the possible economic consequences for central Ohio. (June 13 - 19,1996)
The Nation article indicates about 1,500 U.S. companies participated in the Arab boycott of Israel with the tacit encouragement of the Commerce Department, October 1983.
New York Times Magazine details how U.S. trade officials and cigarette manufacturers are promoting tobacco and cigarette use in other countries; finds the push for sale abroad has been successful, especially in Asia; describes anti-smoking activism in other countries, July 10, 1988.