Tori Richards has worked for CBS News, Bloomberg, Reuters. Agence-France Presse, the NY Post, the NY Times and The Daily among others. Her work has also appeared on CNN.com, FoxNews.com and US News & World Report.

Housing nonprofit hoards millions of dollars collected in anti-discrimination case, docs show

By   /  February 12, 2015  /  Lobbying, National, New York  /  No Comments

Photo: Melanie Burford/Prime

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
An anti-discrimination housing group that pocketed $10 million in a civil-rights lawsuit against a wealthy New York county five years ago hasn’t spent any of it to help downtrodden communities it claims to represent, according to government filings obtained by Watchdog.org
The Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York – which has only […]

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Clintons’ hometown to Obama’s HUD: ‘Go ahead, sue us!’

By   /  January 26, 2015  /  National, New York, News  /  No Comments

HOME SWEET HOME: In this 2001 photo, Bill and Hillary Clinton are seen walking their dog Buddy outside their home in Westchester County, New York, which is the epicenter of a dispute with HUD.

 
By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
New York’s Westchester County boasts antebellum mansions and castles tucked inside villages and towns whose residents include former President Bill Clinton, Michael Douglas, Ralph Lauren, David Letterman, Michael Bloomberg and the Rockefellers.
You wouldn’t think a place like that would — or would even need to — ask the U.S. Housing and Urban Development […]

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Congressional leaders charge ‘potentially deceptive sales tactics’ by SolarCity, others

By   /  January 8, 2015  /  Arizona, California, Energy and Environment, Mississippi, National, New York, Regulations, Texas, West Virginia, Wyoming  /  No Comments

AP file photo

 
By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
Solar contractors including SolarCity and Sunrun are in the crosshairs of  Republicans and Democrats in Congress who seek an end to what they call “potentially deceptive sales tactics” associated with the companies’ zero-down, 20-year lease business model.
Spurred by consumer complaints that the massive savings they were promised never materialized, 12 Republicans […]

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Democratic Obamacare supporters: Doctors are watching

By   /  December 23, 2014  /  Arizona, California, Florida, Health Care, National, New York  /  No Comments

GRUBER A GOOD GUY? In an oddly honest way.

Beleaguered members of Congress who support Obamacare and squeaked by in the recent election now have a nemesis – a PAC of doctors, surgeons and nurses demanding they change their ways because the health-care law will only wreak more havoc in 2015.

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Don’t count out Tom Steyer yet

By   /  December 22, 2014  /  California, Energy and Environment, Florida, Lobbying, National, Politics, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

TRUE BLUE?: Former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer bankrolls Democrats and is scheduled to go behind closed doors with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Billionaire green energy activist Tom Steyer may have been shut down in his bid to elect a slate of hand-picked governors and U.S. senators, but don’t count him out just yet.

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Elon Musk wheels and deals to save Cuomo

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, New York, State Government, transportation, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Musk Cuomo

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
It’s easy to see why Barbara Walters named billionaire Elon Musk one of 2014’s most fascinating people.
In the waning days of his 2014 reelection campaign, Gov. Andrew Cuomo turned to Musk to bail him out of a $1 billion economic development deal that was going down in flames — and could […]

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