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Jim McElhatton

Jim McElhatton

Jim McElhatton is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times. He can be reached at jmcelhatton@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jim McElhatton

Kevin Ring

Justice fights release of deal talks with Abramoff ally

The Justice Department is trying to block the release of a PowerPoint presentation that convicted lobbyist Kevin Ring is trying to pry loose in order to explore whether prosecutors punish defendants who don't settle on a plea agreement and instead go to court. Published January 20, 2014

Rustin

Papers of MLK aide shed new light on historic march

The historic 1963 March on Washington has come to represent the defining moment of Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights efforts — but much of the actual planning, fundraising and logistics work behind that monumental day fell to a trusted and longtime aide named Bayard Rustin. Published January 19, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his aides are intent on rounding up Democratic supporters as part of a major show of bipartisanship ahead of a potential 2016 presidential bid. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Charm offensive: Christie actively wooed Democrats in 2013 race

The bridge scandal facing Gov. Chris Christie seems to underscore just how intent the Republican governor and his aides were on rounding up Democratic supporters as part of a major show of bipartisanship ahead of a potential 2016 presidential bid. Published January 16, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address at the Statehouse, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Stronger than the Storm: Murky details cloud winning bid in Christie ad furor

The winning bidder for New Jersey's Superstorm Sandy marketing contract now causing political grief for Gov. Chris Christie added jobs in its proposal that didn't appear on the company's government price list — a move that could have hindered officials trying to evaluate whether the bid was the best deal for taxpayers. Published January 14, 2014

** FILE ** In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, photo illustration, hands type on a computer keyboard in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Scam artist cons government out of millions of dollars in electronics

In a case that reveals how stunningly easy it can be to dupe the federal government out of millions of dollars, a Los Angeles area man has pleaded guilty to diverting thousands of surplus government computers and other electronics bound for needy schools to sham nonprofits. Published January 7, 2014

** FILE ** This Feb. 7, 2013, file photo shows packages waiting to be sorted in a Post Office in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Cash-strapped Postal Service seeks DVD-mail price increase

Companies that rent movie and video games by mail to tens of millions of Americans could see the price of delivery go up if the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service succeeds in a push to change the rules governing DVD mail. Published January 2, 2014

** FILE *** An ECOtality charging station. (Associated Press)

Bankrupt car charging firm funded by stimulus still doling out bonuses

Despite a disastrous year for defunct car-charging company Ecotality, which went bankrupt only a few years after winning a $100 million federal grant, two high-level employees soon stand to receive hefty retention bonus payments even though the company has no future. Published December 31, 2013

John C. Beale, former senior policy adviser at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (Flickr/Oversight and Reform)

EPA official sentenced for bizarre 'spy' ruse

John C. Beale, the former high ranking EPA bureaucrat whose ruse about working as a spy allowed him to collect years of paychecks despite not showing up to work, was sentenced to just over two-and-a-half years in federal prison Wednesday. Published December 18, 2013

** FILE ** Attorney General Eric Holder listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 6, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing "Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice." (Associated Press)

House seeks Fast and Furious gun-walking documents

House lawyers late Monday filed court papers asking a federal judge to force the Justice Department to turn over records to reveal the extent of efforts to stonewall a congressional probe into a botched weapons investigation known as Fast and Furious. Published December 17, 2013

The House of Representatives has already voted to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt for withholding Fast and Furious documents. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Independent counsel eyed in Fast and Furious

House lawyers say Congress could resurrect an independent counsel's office to prosecute "Fast and Furious"-related criminal charges against high-ranking Obama administration officials, according to new court records. Published December 17, 2013

John C. Beale, former senior policy adviser at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (Flickr/Oversight and Reform)

Details emerge on bureaucrat who pretended to be CIA operative

The high-ranking EPA bureaucrat who bilked the agency of more than $800,000 by pretending to be a CIA operative is in therapy trying figure out what — beyond greed — caused him to pull off perhaps the most infamous workplace attendance fraud in government history. Published December 16, 2013