On occasion, this site will point you to interesting investigations published or broadcast by other news organizations. Here are two we've noticed recently, both examples of newspapers making extraordinary efforts to gather information. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that a handful of leaders in the Seminole Tribe of Florida were steering millions of dollars of the tribe's money to themselves, their families and friends. As a sovereign nation, the tribe is not required to turn over its records, but the newspaper was able to obtain thousands of documents, including audits and budget resolutions.
The Seattle Times detailed how members of Congress gave billions of dollars to contractors through earmarks in spending bills. The Times built a database of tens of thousands of government records allowing readers to search for earmarks by individual members of Congress or by the recipient of the funds and see the relationship to campaign giving.
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