Above image: a Full Measure shoot on Capitol Hill
Thanks to the UCLA Anderson School of Management for selecting our reporting, “Taxpayer Beware,” as a Finalist in the 2016 Gerald Loeb awards —and congratulations to the other finalists. We are very appreciative of the recognition given to our new broadcast and its mission of reporting undertold stories in a fearless fashion.
The five stories that comprised the entry are: Coming to America, The Whistleblower, Afghan Oasis, Cash Cows, Breaking Bad. In “Coming to America,” we tackle the incendiary topic of legal immigration and the fiscal challenges it poses to one American town. We learn that the town’s generosity has made it an unlikely magnet for refugees and asylum seekers. The result is a community torn between its desire to reach out to deserving immigrants, and the costs of doing so.
“The Whistleblower” is the shocking true-life expose of a Swiss banker who helped the U.S. recover billions of tax dollars from interests hiding money in offshore accounts. We reveal why the government put him in prison, but allowed the bank and tax evaders to avoid prosecution. It’s a story of power and influence… and taxpayers getting cheated. In an incredible twist, he tells how he also received the largest IRS whistleblower award in history. “
Afghan Oasis” is a maddening story of taxpayer waste in Afghanistan as told exclusively to us by the Inspector General. Tens of millions of dollars were spent on a military headquarters that the generals on the ground said they didn’t want, wouldn’t use and never occupied.
In “Cash Cows,” we dig into the timely topic of for-profit college fraud, and trace their targeting military troops for GI Bill money. In the end, we learn taxpayers get taken twice: the GI Bill money is wasted and taxpayers end up bailing out the defrauded students.
Finally, “Breaking Bad” looks at the remarkable shenanigans inside a little known federal agency funded by one billion tax dollars. The problems were revealed when an illegal meth lab at the agency blew up one night.
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