More Follow the Money Articles

  • Feds don't know if senior executive training is worth what it costs, GAO says

    Federal agencies spend millions of dollars each year training civil service senior executives, but don't accurately report the costs or evaluate whether it does any good, according to the Government Accountability Office.

  • EPA workers used tax dollars to buy gym memberships, gift cards

    Environmental Protection Agency employees spent thousands of federal tax dollars in 2012 on things like gym memberships and gift cards, according to a government watchdog.

  • Treasury investigator led life of lies, government dependence

    A high-ranking investigator in charge of rooting out fraud by Treasury Department employees was himself fraudulently drawing simultaneous salaries from both the military and the Treasury. The same investigator also petitioned the government for a full disability retirement.

  • Massachusetts reports of potential EBT fraud increase

    The state Inspector General says staff members at the Department of Transitional Assistance reported 14,431 cases of potential fraud or abuse of electronic benefit transfer cards, formerly called food stamps, to investigators through the first 10 months of 2013.

  • EXography: Federal agencies spend millions on first-class flights

    The federal government spent millions of dollars on thousands of upgraded flights for employees in 2012 and 2013, paying many times more for business and first-class seats than the same flights would have cost in coach or the government-contracted rate.

  • Police, FBI investigate mayor's campaign spending

    ELWOOD, Ind. — State Police and FBI are investigating campaign finance spending by the mayor of a small Indiana city. The treasurer of Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold's campaign committee tells the Herald-Bulletin that he's been questioned by officers from both agencies about expenditures...

  • Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner to start trial on 14 corruption counts

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner heads to federal court this week on charges she took $36,000 from a bond broker who did business with the state. Shoffner, 69, tried to enter a plea agreement last May, but told a federal judge she didn't believe any payments...

  • California lawmaker accused of corruption on leave

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California state lawmaker facing federal corruption charges alleging he took kickbacks while in office said Sunday evening he has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the Legislature while he awaits trial. The departure of Sen. Ron Calderon deprives Senate...

  • Review: Massachusetts health lobby spent $100m since 2007

    Last fall, the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans hosted its annual conference at Boston's Seaport Hotel, bringing together hundreds of industry officials and a handful of lawmakers, administration officials and legislative aides. Attorney General Martha Coakley addressed the crowd.

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