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Deals For Developers In DC: A WAMU Investigative Report

The D.C. Council has approved $1.7 billion in tax breaks and other subsidies to developers over the past decade -- with more than one-third of the subsidies going to 10 developers who donated the most to council members' campaigns. Kojo talks with WAMU reporters Patrick Madden and Julie Patel about their investigative series detailing the influence of money in D.C. politics and public policy.

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Special Report: Deals For Developers

The District government gave away more than $200 million of public land to private contractors at deeply discounted prices. Explore the database of D.C. campaign contributions and tax breaks by address, developer and public official.

For example, real estate firms Blue Skye Construction and Donatelli Development won or partnered on five projects since 2008, a quarter of D.C.'s land deals. Payment for this land, according to city records, totaled $88. But the appraised value is nearly $17.5 million.

See a breakdown of properties below:


(Source: WAMU 88.5)

Chart the network of donations to D.C. officials and candidates from 133 groups linked to development teams that were awarded subsidies. For example, click on Mayor Vincent Gray and see that he received more than 220 contributions worth about $220,000. Click his largest donors and see its contributions and who they went to.


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