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A nonprofit investigative news organization, funded by three charitable foundations, released its first report, examining questionable expenditures by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

California Watch, an effort launched by the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting, is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, James Irvine Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The report, “Homeland Security Spending Marked by Waste, Shoddy Oversight,” appeared in more than 30 media outlets, including the Los Angeles Daily News, the Orange County Register and the Sacramento Bee.

It is estimated to have reached more than 1.8 million print readers and more than 27 web sites that together receive over 14 million unique visitors.

The story was distributed through the Associated Press, which recently finalized an agreement to serve as a distribution channel for nonprofit investigative journalism groups.

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