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Pension Deal Spotlights 'Placement Agent' Business, Raises Conflict-Of-Interest Questions

ibtimes.com — On the day it was publicly unveiled in March 2010, the North Carolina Innovation Fund was billed as a way to put the state's pension money to work as seed capital for a new crop of cutting-edge local businesses.

Chris Christie Blocks Release Of Pay-To-Play Probe Of Charlie Baker, Massachusetts GOP Nominee

ibtimes.com — As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has helped Charlie Baker with millions of dollars worth of ads supporting his Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign. But that's not the only way he may be boosting the GOP candidate in the final weeks of a close election: Christie officials are blocking the release of the findings of New Jersey's pay-to-play investigation into Baker.

Fracking for the Cure? Susan G. Komen Foundation Partners With Energy Services Firm

alternet.org — Helping find a cure for cancer or "pinkwashing" carcinogenic pollution? That is the question being raised upon the news that one of the world's largest fossil fuel services firms is partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation on a breast cancer awareness campaign, despite possible links between fracking and cancer.

Chris Christie: New Jersey Bill Challenges Governor's Subsidies to GOP Donors

ibtimes.com — In a pushback on Gov. Chris Christie, New Jersey lawmakers advanced pay-to-play legislation aimed at cracking down on political contributions from corporations receiving state tax subsidies. Governor Christie's administration was set to consider a $100 million subsidy to Lockheed Martin after the defense contractor contributed to the Christie-led Republican Governors Association (RGA), as the International Business Times reported.

Moody's Accused of 'Manipulating' Pension Data

ibtimes.com — Public officials say that one of the nation's most influential credit rating agencies is to blame for creating the perception that there are widespread public pension shortfalls. In a letter late last week, the National Association of State Retirement Administrators accused Moody's of "mischaracterization and misuse" of "manipulated pension numbers" when the agency declared that public pension shortfalls tripled to roughly $2 trillion between 2004 and 2012.

Chris Christie Officials Delay $100 Million Subsidy To GOP Donor

ibtimes.com — Gov. Chris Christie's New Jersey Economic Development Authority this morning abruptly postponed a proposed $100 million subsidy to Lockheed Martin for an unspecified project in Camden. The decision came only hours after an International Business Times report revealing that prior to the proposed subsidy, Lockheed Martin and its affiliated PAC made large contributions to the Christie-run Republican Governors Association.

Corporate Donor To Chris Christie GOP Group Could Get $100 Million NJ Subsidy

ibtimes.com — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration on Tuesday will consider giving more than $100 million worth of state tax credits to a defense contractor that has made major financial contributions to the Republican political organization which Christie chairs. If approved, the tax credits to Lockheed Martin would be one of other similar taxpayer subsidies given by Christie officials to major GOP donors.

Big Brother May Be Watching the Next Time You Take a Cab

alternet.org — Why did Bradley Cooper and Jessica Alba fail to record a tip when they paid their cabbies during New York City taxi rides back in 2013? Why was Cooper near a Mediterranean restaurant in Greenwich Village? Why was Alba at a ritzy hotel in Soho?

Metadata is becoming a megaproblem: David Sirota

oregonlive.com — Why did Bradley Cooper and Jessica Alba fail to record a tip when they paid their cabbies during New York City taxi rides back in 2013? Why was Cooper near a Mediterranean restaurant in Greenwich Village? Why was Alba at a ritzy hotel in Soho?

San Francisco Pension Officials Halt Proposal to Invest In Hedge Funds

ibtimes.com — San Francisco officials on Wednesday tabled a proposal to move up to 15 percent of the city's $20 billion pension portfolio into hedge funds. The move came a day after International Business Times reported that the consultants advising the city on whether to invest in hedge funds currently operate a hedge fund based in the Cayman Islands.
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