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February 24, 2008
Ken Dilanian
USA Today Reporter
Ken Dilanian BIO:
CURRENT:
Reporter for USA Today’s Washington Bureau emphasis on money in politics

PREVIOUS:
· 10 years at Philadelphia Inquirer
· Winner of 2007 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for co-authoring project on deaths in Philadelphia Child Welfare system .
· Foreign correspondent based in Rome covering Europe. Assignment also included several trips to report on war in Iraq.
· City Hall and Pennsylvania State House beats.

EDUCATION:
· 1991 Graduate of Williams College
· B.A. in political science and history

PERSONAL:
Married with one son


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Info: In earlier 2008, Ken Dilanian wrote a front page Special Report for USA Today entitled "Lobbyists Find More Ways to Bond with Lawmakers." In it he maps out the locations of the growing number of lobbying firms and special interest groups who have bought or leased townhouses and properties near Capitol Hill. He shows how these groups give or rent their locations to Members of Congress for fundraisers in ways where limited amount of information has to be divulged to the FEC. These are legal and are not covered under the gift ban. Using Mr. Dilanian's research, we captured many of these locations on video which we show during the program. We also present USA Today's interactive web page that gives additional information on the members of Congress who used the facilities.





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