Investigations

Investigations Archive

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Life or Death: Texas’ Unstable Power Grid

Despite assurances to the contrary, records indicate that Texas’ power grid remains unstable. Electricity generation is lately taken for granted in the Western world. Few living today can imagine life without it. But it is more than just a convenience for smartphones...

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Texas Mafia: Corruption Profiteers

In Texas, state lawmakers have set up a corrupt system where school boards can craft crony deals to favor some businesses with lower property taxes. This corruption has created an entire industry that profits off of cronyism. Compounding the little guy, everyday...

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Texas Mafia: Supporting Wokeness

A mafia system of corruption by the Texas Legislature not only empowers school districts to extort money while granting tax breaks to a favored few, but it also helps support certain woke corporations. Throughout this series, Texas Scorecard has uncovered how school...

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Texas Mafia: Formalized Extortion

“This is how it's gonna work. I'm gonna take 20 percent a week. … We're partners. You make the money, and I make sure you keep it.” These are the words of Dwight Manfredi, a fictional mafioso in the Sylvester Stallone-starring series "Tulsa King." Manfredi said these...

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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...