Investigations

Investigations Archive

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Texas Mafia: Schools and Corrupt Cronyism

A mafia-like system exists in Texas that empowers school districts to cut sweetheart deals for developers while the majority of taxpayers struggle. Who's being favored? An investigation of these deals revealed the types of businesses benefiting include a foreign-owned...

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Texas Mafia: Reviving and Rebranding Crony Corruption

Netflix’s documentary series "Fear City: New York vs The Mafia" explores the long corrupt tentacles of power multiple crime families in the Big Apple wielded in the 1970s and 1980s. To feed their unending greed, the mafia unjustly reaped massive cash windfalls. When...

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Tax-hiking Cartel: Oppressing Texans

“I find it odd that you overvalue my home the first year I pay taxes and not let me dispute it.” That complaint was sent in June 2019 by Patrick Schroeder against the McLennan Central Appraisal District, located in Waco, Texas. “My issue with McLennan County Appraisal...

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Tax-hiking Cartel: Who’s In Charge?

Contrary to narrative spin, local governments wield significant power over the agencies that assign your home’s taxable value. This statewide apparatus costs more than $585 million, and is rife with conflicts of interest where high tax collecting local governments...

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Troubled Texas Military: Fighting Transparency

Throughout Operation Lone Star, allegations of sexual assault, suicide, safety issues, and hardship requests plagued the Texas Military Department. Rather than open the door and allow these issues to be brought to light, the state military repeatedly fought all...

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Troubled Texas Military: Unaccountable Spending

When Gov. Greg Abbott turned to the state’s military to conduct a border security operation, multiple problems emerged that exposed how far the state agency had been allowed to decay by state public officials. Problems the taxpayers were billed to fix. Launched in...

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Troubled Texas Military: Law-breaking Allegation

Internal communications reveal that last year the Texas comptroller repeatedly told the Texas Military Department they had broken state law. After a third violation, the matter appeared to reach a tipping point. The comptroller felt it necessary to threaten the state...