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  • Next Deadline: Sept. 24, 2018 (11:59 pm Eastern)

  • Pay to Play Culture in DC government

    DC-Wilson buildingFor WAMU-FM, Patrick Madden reports on District of Columbia contractors who contribute to local politicians – who have the final say over contracts worth $1 million or more. Madden took a deep dive into campaign contributions and found the tight control over contracts by City Council members has spawned a “Pay to Play” culture in DC government. Madden and the team at WAMU also developed a publicly accessible database that shows how the money flows.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: William Reid/WAMU