Investigation Shows Politicians Profit off Foreclosure Sales

Monday, June 17, 2013


When New York State Senator John Sampson was arrested last month for allegedly embezzling $440,000 from foreclosure sales, the curtain pulled back on a little known corner of the state’s justice system – the job of foreclosure referee.

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School Administrator Resigns After Inquiry Into Wife's Job

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The $190,806-a-year executive director of the Department of Education's finance division was forced to resign Tuesday after a city investigation found that he had arranged for his wife to be hired for an Education Department job with a $52,000 salary.

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Transportation Nation

Princeton Professor: Patronage Hires Under Christie at Port Authority Outpace Previous Governors

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

A Princeton professor emeritus and author of a book on the Port Authority says Governor Chris Christie's hiring recommendations at the Port Authority far outpace his predecessor's patronage hires.  Jameson Doig, author of "Empire on the Hudson," is speaking up after the Bergen Record published  the names of some 50 employees, from executives to a toll collector, who were hired on Christie's reommendation, most of whom have ties to the Republican party officials or their campaigns.

"Whereas Christie might have 50 people, the other Governors might have four or five," Doig said in a phone interview from New Hampshire, where he also teaches at Dartmouth college.

Christie is defending the hirings. "I make no apologies about trying to put some people in place who are going to understand what the view of this administration is and execute …in a way that’s consistent with my policies,” he said at a news conference Monday.

Christie's spokesman didn't respond to Doig's criticisms.

Shawn Boburg, one of the Bergen Record reporters who broke the story, said the hirings "cut against the grain" for Christie, who made his bones as a prosecutor crusading against corruption.  (You can listen to an interview with Boburg here. )

The report says among those hired were an actor, a gourmet food broker, and the author of a self-help book by a Port Authority executive.  The salaries total $4 million.

Christie says, under his watch, overall headcount has dropped at the bi-state transportation authority.

The Port Authority is not subject to the same disclosure laws as New Jersey state agencies, and has not released the resumes of the 50 employees.

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Studio 360

Special Guest: Peter Lewis

Saturday, February 01, 2003

Kurt Andersen and philanthropist Peter Lewis talk about the art of patronage.

Peter Lewis is the chairman of the Progressive Corporation, an auto insurer that he transformed into a $7.4 billion company. He is an avid art collector and helped create the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art. Lewis also serves ...


Studio 360


Saturday, February 01, 2003

When we think about support for the arts, certain names come to mind, like Mellon, and Guggenheim, and MacArthur. But in every concert hall and museum, the wall of benefactors is engraved with a few patrons who go by "anonymous." Who are these people? Produced by David Krasnow.


Studio 360

Simon Schama on Patrons

Saturday, February 01, 2003

Kurt Andersen asks historian Simon Schama to trace the golden chain between artists and their benefactors. Produced by Peter Clowney and Sarah Lilley.