Dish TV CEO to taxpayers who gave him $3 billion subsidy: You’re the real winners

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Federal Government, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

AP File Photo / Paul Sakuma

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Embattled Dish CEO Charles Ergen admits he’s using small-business subsidies to build his global wireless capacity, but the billionaire says taxpayers will benefit anyhow.

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Wisconsin as a New Yorker cartoon of itself

By   /  May 6, 2015  /  Commentary, Wisconsin  /  No Comments


Part 200 of 290 in the series Wisconsin’s Secret War

By Will Swaim |
I’m a huge fan of the New Yorker magazine – all the way back to Edmund Wilson’s lit-crit and A.J. Liebling’s coverage of World War II. And I enjoyed Lincoln Caplan’s recent New Yorker piece on changes in the Wisconsin Supreme Court – enjoyed […]

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Ergen-omics: Charlie Ergen uses federal subsidies for small businesses to turn his billion-dollar Dish Network into a wireless player

By   /  May 4, 2015  /  National, Technology  /  No Comments

AP File Photo / Paul Sakuma

By Will Swaim & Josh Peterson |
WASHINGTON, D.C. — News that global communications giant Dish Network got $3 billion in federal subsidies to buy wireless bandwidth produced something like a riot in which most of the participants wore suits.
The Federal Communications Commission, which oversees auctions of such wireless licenses, responded to the outrage with […]

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Close enough for government work: This town reveals the problem with family and politics

By   /  April 23, 2015  /  Commentary, Open Records, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse, Transparency  /  No Comments

SECRETIVE ABOUT SALARIES: Throop officials tried to keep salary records under wraps, but the state Office of Open Records ruled against the borough. was able to muster the resources to see the project through — including lawyers familiar with the ins and outs of open-records laws, the money to pay them and a reporter who simply refused to give up. But it shouldn’t take determined reporters, skillful lawyers and months of back-and-forth to get the public basic information about how their government works.

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Investigation finds Mayorkas used visa program to help White House allies

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  National, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Part 75 of 76 in the series Terry McAuliffe – Carmogul

By Will Swaim and Kenric Ward |
WASHINGTON D.C. – Alejandro Mayorkas, the man President Obama and Senate Democrats once hoped would head the Department of Homeland Security, overruled his own U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services staff to expedite visa approvals for foreign investors in […]

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Hands off our logo, Small Business Administration says

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Mississippi, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

Screen grab of SBA logos

By Will Swaim |
Following our investigative series about a bizarre government lending program, the Small Business Administration threatened with Department of Justice legal action — for misuse of the SBA logo.
“By federal law, the official seal of a federal agency cannot be used in a news publication, online or in print. Neither can our […]

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