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Watchdog finds the surprising truth about public officials’ salaries

Friday, August 26th, 2016

When Watchdog reports, other journalists take notice. In Mississippi, Watchdog’s recent report on public officials’ salaries made the local news, including a segment on Good Morning Mississippi.

Here’s a quick excerpt from a report on ABC 6 that cites our story:

You heard that right. A grand total of 36 school superintendents in Mississippi make more than the governor. Of course, he’s not doing too badly himself. But this raises an important question about education spending in the state: Are taxpayers getting their money’s worth?

Another report from Mississippi Watchdog examined that issue, finding that superintendent pay doesn’t correlate to school district performance. In fact, among the 36 superintendents who make more than the governor, nine of them — 25 percent — serve districts that receive a D grade from the Mississippi Department of Education.

U.S. Senator Grassley credits Watchdog’s coverage of EB-5

Friday, October 9th, 2015

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, singled out as he spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday for its great work on the controversial EB-5 program.

“, a national watchdog group that has followed abuses of the program closely over many years, has also identified another problematic, gerrymandered targeted employment area,” said Sen. Grassley. “They reported that a 21-story residential building project, which included trendy restaurants and shops, was built with foreign investments despite its location in an upscale neighborhood with only 0.8 percent unemployment. These are just a few examples, yet they point to a clear problem with this program.”

Watch Sen. Grassley’s statement below:

Wisconsin’s secret war hits mainstream TV

Monday, July 20th, 2015

matt kittleWisconsin Watchdog reporter Matt Kittle has worked tirelessly to expose a three-year  investigation targeting conservative activists and Republican donors in the state. The “John Doe” probe has been at the center of several court battles but on July 16, 2015 the Supreme Court of Wisconsin ordered an end to the politically motivated investigation.

TheBlaze TV featured Matt Kittle on an episode of ‘For the Record: State Secrets Investigating John Doe’ to discuss the groundbreaking work he had done reporting on the John Doe investigation. Be sure to watch the entire episode here.

Kittle appeared on ‘One the Record with Greta Van Susteren’ to give his take on the Wisconsin witch hunt.

Greta Van Susteren invited Kittle back on her show to discuss the United States Court of Appeals declaring parts of Wisconsin’s campaign finance law unconstitutional and mentioned the effect the John Doe probe could have on the ruling.

For a more in-depth look at Wisconsin Watchdog’s work on the John Doe investigation visit here.