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  • DeKalb County's Climate of Corruption

    This investigation revealed a local government teeming with corruption, including kickbacks and theft of taxpayer dollars. They exposed rampant spending with no oversight, first through the use of county purchasing cards, then with an invoice payment system that also lacked controls. Their investigation caught county officials spending their discretionary budgets on airline tickets, family vacations, gift cards, cell phone bills, high-end electronics and other personal expenses. One commissioner even paid a speeding ticket and funneled tens of thousands of dollars to her boyfriend. Their reporting led to an ongoing FBI investigation, a guilty plea from a longtime county official, and pending subpoenas that could yield even more indictments. County leaders have enacted new spending policies and strengthened their board of ethics.

    Tags: corruption; georgia; kickbacks; tax; money; officials; spending

    By Johnny Edwards; Jodie Fleischer; Erica Byfield; Terah Boyd; Lois Norder; Mark Niesse; LeVar James; Matt Serafin

    AJC & WSB-TV (Atlanta)


  • Under the Radar

    Every year the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been given a grant, which then will be distributed to airports. The question is where does this money come from and how is it spent? The answer to the first half is the commercial-airline passengers, who pay the ticket taxes which in turn becomes the grant. The second part of the question is answered by not the improvement of airline travel, but rather the private pilots who fly corporate and recreational planes.

    Tags: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Federal fund; grants; airports; planes; airlines; commercial-airline; passengers; ticket taxes; pilots; private airplanes; flights

    By Thomas Frank; Brad Heath

    USA Today (McLean, Va.)


  • Ticket Taxes

    Porterfield found that over the past 10 years "consumers have paid $102 billion" in taxes on U.S. Airline tickets. A large portion of that money went to fund small airports that mainly served corporations.

    Tags: airlines; tickets; tax; taxes; transportation; federal funds; airports

    By Bob Porterfield; Brian Carovillano; Kristin Gazlay; Ben Margot; Pat Wellenbach; Ann Heisenfelt; Jesse Garnier; Andy Fowle; Francois Duckett

    Associated Press


  • Arresting Developments

    The American Prospect looks at the use of police powers to enforce law on private property. The story reveals that police officers - often in uniform - are hired by private developments to enforce their private parking, speeding, trespassing, loitering, etc. rules. Cops cannot give a speeding ticket to someone who is violating a private speeding limit on a private speed, but they could consider arresting the violator for 'operating to endanger,' the magazine reveals. The reporter finds that "taken together, these moves represent a qualitative, though little noted, expansion of public law enforcement into the realm of private space." A major finding is that the approximately 25,000 private communities that already pay for their own private security patrols could argue successfully that they should not have to pay to support the public police system because they are policing themselves.

    Tags: Jacksonville sheriff's department; moonlighting; gated communities; business; corporations; arrests; security; courts; property taxes; municipal services

    By Andrew Stark

    American Prospect


  • Cagle's and Tax Breaks

    The Lexington Herald-Leader investigates Cagle's Keystone Foods and the large number of Hispanic workers the new plant has brought to the area. The plant was intended to provide jobs for the area's poor. However, many locals did not like the repetitive tasks they were asked to perform at Cagle's and quit soon after it opened. Cagle's officials filled the open positions with Hispanic immigrants. Local law enforcement agencies have discovered that many of the replacement workers are actually illegal immigrants. Police were tipped off to the problem when they blocked a road near the Cagle's plant. Officers ticketed many Hispanics for having fake driver's licenses and driving unregistered cars.

    Tags: Hispanics; illegal immigrants; Cagle's Keystone Foods; police; Kentucky

    By Ty Tagami

    Herald-Leader (Lexington, Ky.)


  • Money Games: Inside the NCAA

    The NCAA was never supposed to rival its professional counterparts. It's an educational, nonprofit organization. It pays no state or federal taxes on its billions in TV contracts, millions in sponsorships, millions in licenses and Final Four tickets. Its members are not sports teams at all, but 933 institutions of higher learning. The story details finances and other questionable practices by the organization.

    Tags: NCAA; college sports; sports; nonprofit; license; final four; teams; coaches; players; finance

    By Mike McGraw;Steven Rock;Karen Dillon

    Star (Kansas City, Mo.)


  • Wheels of Justice

    Ohio financially depends on the misfortunes of traffic violators. In the name of safety, traffic tickets have become a billion-dollar business resulting in selective enforcement, punitive fines and jailing of the poor. Some cities annually collect more traffic fines than taxes. Some laws have little to do with highway safety. More than 14,000 teen-agers have lost their licenses for not finishing school since 1990; more than 100,000 motorists - often accident victims - lost their licenses for failure to fill out an obscure state report. In Columbus, more people are jailed for driving without a license than for any other crime. Never before have so many licenses been suspended by the state - nor so costly to buy them back. Federal funds earmarked for community-oriented police by the U.S. Department of Justice have been used to increase traffic ticket revenue by some municipalities. (November 17 - 19, 1996)

    Tags: Berens CAR Wheels of justice Contest entry 49 pgs.

    By Michael J. Berens

    Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio)


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    Miami Herald investigates the workings of a booming Florida port; the executives lobbied for a citywide tax, ostensibly to solve financial problems; meanwhile, they bought expensive rings, sports tickets, and hired friends as consultants and attorneys out of port funds; 74 stories, Aug. 20 - Dec. 8, 1989.

    Tags: None

    By None

    Miami Herald