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Ethics Lessons for Gregg, Telemarketers and Philly Cops

POSTED: 05:17 PM ET, 02/27/2009 by Derek Kravitz

The editors at Post Investigations have scoured the nation's top in-depth and investigative reports from this past week and selected their most interesting finds.

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Gregg Had Stake In, Won Aid for Base » President Barack Obama's former nominee to become commerce secretary, Sen. Judd Gregg, steered taxpayer money to his home state's redevelopment of a former Air Force base even as he and his brother engaged in real estate deals there. Gregg (R-N.H.) personally has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in Cyrus Gregg's office projects at the Pease International Tradeport, a Portsmouth business park built at the defunct Pease Air Force Base, once home to nuclear bombers. Judd Gregg has collected at least $240,017 to $651,801 from his investments there, Senate records show, while helping arrange at least $66 million in federal aid for the former base. Gregg said he violated no laws or Senate rules. — Associated Press

Donations Increasingly Go To Charities' Telemarketers in California » If you give to a charity over the phone, there's a growing likelihood that most of your donation will go to the telemarketer instead. More than a third of California charity telemarketing campaigns sent less than 20 cents on the dollar to the charities during 2007, the most recent year on record. Those campaigns and a smaller number of charity auctions and concerts raised $93 million for commercial fundraisers, and just $3 million for the charities. In 76 of those campaigns, California charities got no money at all. — Sacramento Bee

Paper Comes Under Fire After Philly Cop Series » A Philadelphia police union and attorneys for an officer have attacked the Philadelphia Daily News after the paper ran a series that raised questions about the officer's relationship with a paid police informant. The Daily News series, "Tainted Justice," sparked a joint federal and local investigation into allegations that officer Jeffrey Cujdik sometimes instructed his longtime informant, Ventura Martinez, to lie about drug buys so that Cujdik could get search warrants for targeted homes. — Philadelphia Daily News

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