WSB-TV: VA hospital paying record malpractice settlements

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“It’s not just harming the taxpayers, they’re harming public health,” said Daniel Epstein, from the D.C. based watchdog group “Cause of Action.” He called for an Inspector General’s audit when Channel 2 showed him VA malpractice costs soared to a 10-year high in 2012 to nearly $100 million.


The highest payout in 2012 went to Marine Vet Christopher Ellison. He was awarded a $17 million judgment. He had a stroke following a dental procedure. He is now paralyzed


“I think this sounds like a management problem. This sounds like a systemic problem at the agency,” said Epstein.

5 Ways the DOE Loan Program and Fisker Automative Failed American Taxpayers

The House Oversight Committee is holding a hearing today on “Green Energy Oversight: Examining the Department of Energy’s Bad Bet on Fisker Automotive.

We’ll be live tweeting beginning at 2pm.

1. According to the DOE Loan Program Office, $34.5 billion of loans have created about 60,000 jobs, which is $575,000 per job.


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2. Cause of Action analysis determined that 95% of those who received a loan gave political contributions, while only 31% of those who were not chosen gave contributions.


3. Fisker Automotive continued to receive money for almost a year after the Obama administration found out it was failing to meet conditions set in the loan.

 In 2010, the Obama administration gave a $529 million loan to Fisker. Fisker would only receive $192 million before it was cut off.

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4. Fisker never finished construction on its factory or produced any cars backed by the government loan.

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5. Taxpayers are looking at a potential loss of $171 million. The largest loan failure since Solyndra.





REPORT: Coin for Coins: Federal Agency Spending on Promotional and Commemorative Items


Cause of Action’s six month investigation into federal agency spending on commemorative and promotional items.



Coin for Coins Report

Coin for Coins Report Exhibits

DHS OIG production