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Jim McElhatton

Jim McElhatton

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

Articles by Jim McElhatton

** 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

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

** 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

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

** 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. The AFL-CIO plans to open its membership to more nonunion groups in an effort to restore the influence of organized labor as traditional union rolls continue to decline. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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