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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

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

Bankrupt energy company probed

Securities regulators are investigating a green energy company that won a $100 million federal grant under President Obama's stimulus program, only to end up bankrupt this fall. Published November 27, 2013

Richard L. Trumka, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, addresses members during the quadrennial AFL-CIO convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) ** FILE **

Wage nominee at Labor also works for AFL-CIO

When the White House nominated David Weil to be in charge of wage enforcement for the Labor Department, officials stressed his weighty academic credentials as a Boston University professor and Harvard University researcher. Published November 26, 2013

** FILE ** President Barack Obama, left, shrugs his shoulders as he talks with former NBA basketball player Alonzo Mourning, right, and Cyrus Walker, the cousin of senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, at Grande Oaks golf club, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama slams lobbyists, then hires a lobbyist to help promote Obamacare

On the campaign trail, President Obama vowed that lobbyists would have no place in his administration, but his health care agency last month gave a half-million-dollar grant to a registered lobbying firm to help enroll people for Obamacare as Affordable Care Act "navigators." Published November 14, 2013

In op-ed for U.S. News & World Report in 2009, Rep. Spencer Bachus, Alabama Republican, used virtually the same words as a former colleague to discus the perils of online gambling then before Congress. Rep. Jim Leach, who retired after serving 30 years in Congress, had written the passages three years earlier. (Associated Press)

Congressman gambles with ex-colleague's words

By his own account, U.S. Rep. Jim Leach's argument against online gambling, which he laid out in a 2006 article, was more factual and perfunctory than soaring political rhetoric. But three years later his words would reappear in print — though under a different name: Rep. Spencer Bachus, an Alabama Republican who was a key ally of Mr. Leach's in opposing online gambling legislation. Published November 11, 2013

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Feds tell Trump: No riffraff at new hotel in Old Post Office building

Donald Trump is barred from providing any space inside the Old Post Office building for a male revue, a condom store or — heaven forbid — dentists who work on credit, under terms of one of the most talked-about federal real estate deals in years. Published October 31, 2013

** FILE ** Aaron Alexis was captured on video moving through the hallways of Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16 carrying a Remington 870 shotgun. FBI officials said he did not specifically target his shooting victims and was "prepared to die." (FBI via Associated Press)

GAO: Thousands of tax deadbeats hold security clearances

Thousands of tax deadbeats exist among the ranks of federal employees and contractors holding national security clearances, but officials have few good ways of finding out about the delinquencies, a government report said Thursday. Published October 31, 2013

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's lack of explanation about his financial and property ties with Union Labor Life Insurance Co. raises questions about his campaign pledge of transparency. (Associated Press)

Terry McAuliffe silent on union-connected loan

EXCLUSIVE: Terry McAuliffe has promised voters he is committed to transparency, but in the final days of a Virginia governor's race he leads, the Democrat has steadfastly refused to explain a complicated financial arrangement involving several family trusts and a union-owned insurance and investment company. Published October 24, 2013