Rush For Gold: How Silverado Operated

The collapse of Denver's Silverado Banking has exposed much more than just the questionable business relationships of President Bush's son Neil. The fall of Colorado's No. 3 savings and loan has put the spotlight on a group of go-go bankers and developers who, with access to Silverado's money, built political influence in Colorado and even Washington.

Congressional investigators are just beginning to probe the way in which Silverado was entwined in dubious deals with M.D.C. Holdings, the state's largest home builder. Former employees of Silverado and M.D.C. have told TIME that the home builder made improper campaign contributions to local and...