February 19th, 2013
11:43 PM ET

KTH: Investigating tainted water at VA hospital

Keeping Them Honest, Drew Griffin reports on the CDC's findings at a veterans hospital that had a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

February 18th, 2013
11:58 PM ET

KTH: Searching for the truth about Menendez

Emails sent anonymously accuse Sen. Menendez of having sex with underage prostitutes. Keeping Them Honest, CNN's Drew Griffin goes to the Dominican Republic to investigate.

January 22nd, 2013
11:26 PM ET

Retiring congresswoman leads 2013 lobbying revolving door

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri, who won easy re-election to her 10th term in Congress in November, is expected to officially leave office soon to take over a job as head of one of Washington’s largest and most influential trade associations.

According to public records, she is one of five outgoing members of the House of Representatives—four Republicans and one Democrat—to take lobbying jobs as the new Congress begins its work.

A public interest group in Washington says Emerson’s case is the personification of the revolving door in the nation’s capital. And a close look at her career helps explain why.

She is a Washington native who in 1975 married a lobbyist named Bill Emerson. He went on to become a Republican congressman from Missouri’s 8th Congressional District, which encompasses much of the southeastern part of the state, with Cape Girardeau as its largest population center. During Bill Emerson’s term in office, his wife became a lobbyist, first for the restaurant industry and later as a spokeswoman for the American Insurance Industry Association.


December 20th, 2012
12:54 AM ET

Scams use Sandy Hook victim's names

Drew Griffin tracks down a woman allegedly behind a fraudulent e-mail set up to collect donations for a Newtown victim.


November 10th, 2012
09:58 AM ET

Charity scams claim to aid Sandy victims

Editor's note: For a list of legitimate charities and other ways to help Sandy victims from CNN's Impact Your World team, check outCNN.com/Impact

As the Northeast digs out from a second major storm in little more than a week, experts say Internet scam artists are preying on generous Americans who want to donate to the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

According to a Maryland-based Internet watchdog company, more than 1,000 Internet domain sites with the words "Sandy" or "relief" were registered either as the storm was approaching the Caribbean last week or, in some cases, even before the hurricane hit.

"We have no idea who these people are," Johannes Ulrich, president of SANS Security told CNN from his home in Jacksonville, Florida. "And what we notice is that they do register hundreds of these domains, in part, trying to trick people who go to these domains and then donate the money.


October 20th, 2012
12:29 AM ET

Exclusive Interview Part 3: 'I'm going to regret this for the rest of my life'

CNN's Drew Griffin talks to Michael Brutsch, a.k.a Violentacrez on Reddit, a married father who anonymously posted disturbing and sexualized photos of young girls online. He is now apologizing for his posts.

Mr. Brutsch says, "It's all my fault. I take one hundred percent responsibility for everything I've done..." Brutsch added, "If I hadn't been allowed you know, to run wild, I wouldn't have"

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October 18th, 2012
09:45 PM ET

Exclusive Interview Part 1: Man behind 'Jailbait' posts exposed, loses job

Fort Worth, Texas (CNN) - An internet troll reviled for his pornographic posts on Reddit and recently revealed as a middle-aged software programmer told CNN that he made "a huge mistake."

For years, 49-year-old Michael Brutsch hid behind the online screen name "Violentacrez," creating hundreds of subforums on the user-generated website, such as "Rapebait," "Incest," "Pics of Dead Kids," "Choke a Bitch," and "Rape Jokes." "Violentacrez" has been banned from the site several times, although Brutsch still maintains a separate account.

Last week, Gawker revealed the identity of "Violentacrez," whose posts generated as many as 800,000 subscribers and triggered a debate about whether Reddit was criminally liable for the content of its forums. Reddit is a website where the popularity of posts - and whether they are featured prominently on the site's main page - is determined by registered users' votes.


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October 18th, 2012
09:42 PM ET

Exclusive Interview Part 2: Reddit troll exposed

CNN's Drew Griffin talks to Michael Brutsch, a.k.a Violentacreza on Reddit, a married father who anonymously posted disturbing and sexualized photos of young girls online because, he says, it was "addictive."


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September 24th, 2012
08:45 PM ET

Fundraising company faces new questions

WASHINGTON—The veterans charity that CNN has been examining for months now is also under investigation by the State of Florida.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs turned over all of its records to us after we filed a public records request earlier in September. Those documents show that the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, already the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, essentially paid off another charity years ago after claims that it pirated logo design, wording for fund-raising direct mail letters and a host of other items before launching its own direct mail campaign.


August 14th, 2012
11:10 PM ET

Dole, 'CSI' actress back away from controversial veterans' charity

A leading television actress and a former Republican presidential candidate say they are backing away from further involvement with a controversial California-based veteran's charity.

Marg Helgenberger, who for years starred in the CBS mega-hit "CSI," had appeared in Internet videos supporting a charity called Help Hospitalized Veterans. In one YouTube video, she says, "There are so many ways that you can say 'thank you' to a hospitalized veteran through service and sacrifice, whether it's by volunteering at your local VA hospital or helping HHV to continue to provide their many wonderful programs."

Late last week, the California attorney general's office filed a civil suit against HHV, alleging "excessive" salary payments to many of its officers and directors and also alleging a history of misleading the Internal Revenue Service on its tax filings. The lawsuit seeks to remove every member of the charity's board of directors.


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