Shouldn’t they, though?
On May 19th, The Times-Picayune and New Orleans’s WVUE Fox News 8 will receive one of the nation’s most prestigious prizes in American journalism, the Peabody Award. They are being honored, rightfully, for their collaboration on a series titled “Louisiana Purchased,” which meticulously detailed the outsized role of money in Louisiana politics and government and the ways in which elected officials and their most generous donors seemingly take advantage of large gaps in the state’s campaign finance laws. As a result of The Times-Picayune and WVUE’s exhaustive reporting, several elected officials, from both political parties, were asked to account for a litany of questionable and problematic donations and expenditures, but truth be told, the overwhelming majority of these officials have yet to provide an adequate explanation.
Several elected officials blatantly broke the law on donations from political action committees. Many were caught spending campaign funds for things that could hardly qualify as…
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