Will Tucker

Investigative Reporter, Hearst Newspapers

Washington, D.C.

Will Tucker

Caught up in the current of journalism, the daily opiate of the restless.


U.S. House Ethics panel probes Texas lawmakers' trip

WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee has opened a formal investigation into allegations that the state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars through two Houston-based nonprofits for foreign travel by 10 U.S. House members, including four from Texas, according to several members of Congress who are involved in the probe.
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Stockman mum about ties to Las Vegas charity

As right-wing activist Steve Stockman launched an ultimately successful long-shot campaign to return to Congress in 2012, the unconventional Houston politician filed paperwork in Harris County to do business under the name Life Without Limits. It turned out that a pastor in Las Vegas already ran a charity by the same name, and a political operative with ties to Stockman had helped it apply for tax-exempt status.
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Lawmakers' trips to Baku conference raise ethics questions

Security guards were posted outside the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, the site of the 2013 conference organized by Houston businessman Kemal Oksuz. In May 2013, Richard Lugar, former U.S. senator and onetime chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, took the podium at a sleek, modern convention center in the capital of Azerbaijan and urged the U.S.
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Poe asks ethics panel to review overseas trip details

Ted Poe speaking at the Southeast Texas Immigration Reform Summit Houston, Texas on May 31, 2013. Ted Poe has asked the House Ethics Committee to review statements made by a group of nonprofits that the Texas Republican and nine other members of Congress relied upon before accepting all-expense paid trips to an energy conference last year in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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Stockman's filings don't explain his income

Both as a candidate and as a congressman, Rep. Steve Stockman of Clear Lake has failed to make federally required disclosures about business affiliations that stretch from Texas to the British Virgin Islands, and has provided no details about the business he claims as his sole source of income. Stockman returned to office in 2013 after 16 years away from Congress - crediting a low-budget, come-from-behind campaign to which he claimed to have lent more than $100,000 of his own money.
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House ethics panel to review Stockman's campaign finances

WASHINGTON - The House ethics committee is inquiring into the campaign finances of Rep. Steve Stockman, the Clear Lake Republican who has been questioned repeatedly over the last year about misreported campaign contributions and deficient disclosures. A spokesman for Stockman acknowledged the inquiry Friday, and the committee itself is expected to announce it Monday.
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Stockman aide's ties to sales and nonprofit raise flags

A nonprofit corporation managed by Jason Posey, a longtime aide to U.S. Steve Stockman, made money on an unorthodox real estate deal shortly before Posey made prohibited donations to Stockman's re-election campaign.
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Chronicle exclusive: Campaign finances dog Stockman

Steve Stockman has fired two congressional staffers after disclosures that both made prohibited contributions to his campaign. The incident is the latest in a string of controversial episodes that have dogged Stockman's political campaigns over the past two decades. Both this year and in the 1990s, his campaigns were investigated for issues relating to campaign materials made to look like newspapers.
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Welcome to the Black Belt: Local journalist details problems of living in impoverished region

John Allan Clark wouldn't cuss as long as the recorder was on. That is, until the 30-year old Marion, Ala., native couldn't explain the problems Alabama's impoverished Black Belt region faces with anything less than a four-letter word.
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Seventeen confirmed injuries in Temerson Square shooting; three UA students injured

Seventeen people arrived at Druid City Hospital with injuries related to a shooting that occurred around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday near 4th Street and 23rd Avenue, according to DCH spokesman Brad Fisher. Authorities apprehended a suspect in Jasper, Ala. and transported him back to Tuscaloosa for questioning.
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Our View: Anonymity used to keep sources safe

Occasionally there comes a time when an editorial board of a media outlet must make the difficult choice to rely on anonymous sources. Today, we have made that decision. In today's Crimson White, you may read a very long, very in-depth story about hazing in the fraternity community and the University's attempts to curb it.
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Barriers still stand in sorority rush process

The first headlines in newspapers across the country on Sept. 11, 2001 didn't come from New York City. Before four airliners changed course and changed history, one of the top national stories that day was about a girl, a dream and the sororities at the University of Alabama.
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Will Tucker

As Hearst Newspapers' first investigative fellow, I've become fluent in the use of open records requests, the DOJ’s FARA database, Congressional disclosure records, Lobbying Disclosure Act records and Nexis. I've investigated international lobbying and NGOs, Congressional ethics violations, tax-exempt organization abuse and campaign finance.

At the University of Alabama, I served as editor-in-chief of The Crimson White, the University community's daily newspaper with a print circulation of 15,000 and an average 130,000 web sessions per month. For my work directing the coverage of hazing in UA's fraternities and racial segregation in UA's sororities, the Southeastern Journalism Conference named me Journalist of the Year in February 2013. For my team's work covering a shooting near the University in July 2012, the Society of Professional Journalists awarded us a first-place national Mark of Excellence.

And, in March 2014, the Columbia School of Journalism awarded me and the Crimson White team I led a Gold Crown, a major college journalism prize.

My résumé and personal recommendations available upon request. For anything--tips, comments, opinions on college football--drop me a line at wjtucker1 at gmail dot com; talking to people is my job. (You can find my PGP key beneath the photo to the left.)



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