IRS rarely audits nonprofits for politicking

By Julie Patel

New documents show the federal tax agency almost never audits nonprofit groups for illegal politicking.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… has accelerated since 2010, when the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision ushered in unprecedented election spending by nonprofit organizat …"

"… egulating political speech.  Other federal regulators — namely, the Federal Election Commission — exist to regulate political campaigns and election activities,” the …"

A life-and-death struggle for asylum in America

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Teens' tortured road to asylum in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… quests to find documents Gladis Molina, a nonprofit attorney in Phoenix, Arizona, said she feels an awesome responsibility taking on kids’ cases. But she …"

Hobbled IRS can't stem 'dark money' flow

By Julie Patel

Budget and staffing cuts, endless congressional investigations keep IRS from investigating activities of political nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "inspector":

"… ongressional committees, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Treasury's inspector general. "Accordingly, it is inappropriate for the IRS to comment at this …"

The mysterious online war against a payday lending crackdown

By Daniel Wagner

Anonymous group called "Stop the Choke" says Obama crackdown on illegal online payments is "destroying the free market."

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Bankers Association":

"… ctions,” Justice Department lawyer Peter Kadzik wrote in a letter to the American Bankers Association and Electronic Transfer Association. …"

Koch Industries PAC spending record cash

By Adam Wollner

Committee has biggest spending month ever during a non-election year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… ion campaign.) KOCHPAC last month also gave $9,000 to the campaign of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. A Koch Industries official could not immediately be reached for …"

Lobbying firm PACs start 2013 slow

By Dave Levinthal

Few raising or spending big money early in 2013 — if at all.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Comcast":

"… 's long lobbying client list includes broadcaster Al Jazeera America, Comcast, drugmaker Merck, the PGA Tour, defense contractor Raytheon and ZTE USA, t …"

FEMA program finances dubious counter-terror toys

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Billions have been spent on an urban security program but no one knows if it produced any appreciable new security

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coburn":

"… funds were undoubtedly carefully spent. But a report last week by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) highlighted the highly unusual spending choices listed above and …"

"… ities need help or to examine which of its grants have been properly used, Coburn said.“If in the days after 9/11 [when the initiative was approved] lawma …"

"… ur largest cities has transformed into another parochial grant program,” Coburn said in a cover note on the report, addressed “Dear Taxpayer.”“We wo …"

"… esources were now subsidizing the purchase of low-priority items,” added Coburn, a physician who is the senior Republican member of the Homeland Security …"

Issa committee accused of making 'sham' campaign ad

By Rachael Marcus

House oversight committee releases anti-Obama ad that's not an ad; watchdogs cry foul.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… o was produced by House Committee on Oversight and Reform, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. The one-minute video criticizes Obama for the cost of state dinn …"

Issa wants to know if Dems are raising dollars for super PACs

By Michael Beckel

The House's chief investigator wants details of Obama officials campaign activities following Center report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Marco Rubio":

"… egrity previously reported.And last month, Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. — both of whom may be under consideration as Romney’s vice pre …"

Report: Countrywide won influence with discounts

By The Associated Press

Subprime lender Countrywide bought influence of Washington elite with mortgage discounts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Freddie Mac":

"… ns of pieces of legislation that would have reformed Fannie" and its rival Freddie Mac, the committee said.Some of the discounts were ordered personally by forme …"

A 'Fast and Furious' fight in the House

By Gordon Witkin

ATF investigation that led to contempt vote has a complicated past

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… — obscures some important context about the botched investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Rep. Darrell I …"

Attorney General Holder, Issa square off over Fast and Furious documents

By The Associated Press

Chairman of House Oversight Committee faces off with Justice Dept. during Fast and Furious testimony

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… s writer Pete Yost. …"

Obama rainmakers enjoy White House invites, appointments and contracts

By Fred Schulte and Aaron Mehta

Dozens of the president's top fundraisers enjoy White House invites, administration appointments and government contracts

Excerpts from this story referencing "FI Investment Group LLC":

"… ouse which he sold in 2007 for more than $250 million. That year he formed FI Investment Group LLC in McLean, Va., which invests in technology and health care concerns. He …"

EPA rules threaten older, coal-fired power plants

By The Associated Press

Coal plants servicing more than 22M houses will be shut down, likely raising electric bills

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… s.The survey, based on interviews with 55 power plant operators and on the Environmental Protection Agency's own prediction of power plant retirements, rebuts cl …"

"… close them down," said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who heads the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "You can't keep on going."The impact  …"

Half the members of Congress are millionaires

By Amy Biegelsen

The fabulously rich members of Congress

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… tus as millionaires, according to a new study by the Center for Responsive Politics.While the economy at home and abroad has limped along since 2008, Congress …"

Grassley puts hold on FCC nominees in tiff over LightSquared

By Fred Schulte

Senator holds up nominees until FCC answers questions about LightSquared

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sanjiv Ahuja":

"… tween LightSquared and White House aides. On the day that LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja made a $30,400 contribution to the Democratic Party, two of his deputies a …"

FACT CHECK: Did Rep. Darrell Issa run 'political interference?'

By FactCheck.Org

Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace suggests Rep. Issa may have advocated for a Solyndra-like green company

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… not hear back. If we do, we will update this item. – Eugene Kiely …"

Senator asks LightSquared to release all communications with White House

By Fred Schulte

LightSquared pressured to release all communications with White House

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charles Grassley":

"… ckholders again raises questions,” Grassley’s letter states.  …"

The weekly watchdog: Sept. 19 - Sept. 23

By Bill Buzenberg

In case you missed them, catch up on this week's top investigations from iWatch News

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eileen Foster":

"… ng up to the 2008 economic meltdown. Now we hear first-hand testimony from Eileen Foster, a Countrywide whistleblower who saw fraud on an outlandish scale. In an e …"

House Republicans scrutinizing decisions benefiting Obama donors

By Fred Schulte

Congressional committee to explore White House role in aiding fundraisers tied to companies such as LightSquared

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sanjiv Ahuja":

"… s e-mail contacts with White House aides. On the day that LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja made a $30,400 contribution to the Democratic Party, two of his deputies a …"

"… prefer to get access to someone else’s spectrum for free,” company CEO Sanjiv Ahuja said in a statement.But that tack appears to have irritated Rep. Thomas E. …"

Fallout from Fast and Furious probe claims two high-level victims

By Corbin Hiar

Two federal officials lose their jobs in the aftermath of a controversial federal gun investigation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mike Bouchard":

"… d, Senate-confirmed ATF director, “and he knew that wouldn’t be him.”Mike Bouchard, a former ATF official, said Melson was being forced out without being giv …"

Darrell Issa's tangled business and congressional interests

By Jeremy Borden

Do Darrell Issa's personal and congressional interests intersect?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chicago":

"… hip.Issa’s committee also investigated whether a Democratic candidate in Chicago had received political favors from regulators; an inspector’s general re …"

House hearing probes 'Fast and Furious' missteps, reveals White House link

By Corbin Hiar

GOP investigators criticize ATF gun-running probe, reveal White House link

Excerpts from this story referencing "Phoenix":

"… se investigators did manage to produce an email linking the ATF's troubled Phoenix field division to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. William Newell, the former ATF …"

"… nia Avenue. William Newell, the former ATF special- agent-in-charge of the Phoenix office who helped concoct the Fast and Furious plan, sent an email to Kevi …"

"… torney’s Office and with ATF and [an inter-agency federal task force] in Phoenix.”“After receiving briefings in March 2010, Deputy Director Hoover and …"

CFPB has no plan to ban financial products, Warren tells GOP-led committee

By Shirley Gao

Elizabeth Warren says new consumer agency doesn't plan to ban any products

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… ch pays to overseas governments to acquire drilling and production rights. Energy companies have fought the SEC plan, saying the requirement would be overly …"

Consumer advocate Warren returns to ring for more sparring with GOP-led panel

By Julie Vorman

Elizabeth Warren returns to GOP-led hearing for more sparring over consumer agency

Excerpts from this story referencing "Freddie Mac":

"… uld eliminate a government-sponsored enterprise charter for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and would also limit legal fees paid by Fannie and Freddie to defend form …"

Family, agents decry "reckless" ATF gun operation on Mexican border

By Amy Biegelsen

Family of slain ATF agent testify at Congressional hearing on how guns slipped across border

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… d Furious operation that knowingly let illegally purchased firearms go.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives hoped that the guns would eventually lead agents to bigger cases against k …"

House, Senate banking panels led by chairmen with modest personal wealth

By Julie Vorman

Annual disclosures reveal stocks, bonds, land, other assets held by Congress members

Excerpts from this story referencing "Banking":

"… alued at less than $15,000 Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., chairman, Senate Banking CommitteeEarned income: NoneMajor assets: Two rental properties in Vermill …"

Stimulus watchdog says combining data from 25-30 government contract agencies could save millions

By Peter H. Stone

INTERVIEW: Stimulus oversight chair says transparency kept fraud to a minimum

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… covery Board’s system for collecting and displaying data.California Rep. Darrell Issa, who chairs the committee, discussed the proposed consolidation of governm …"

As Fannie, Freddie flounder, six top execs receive handsome rewards

By John Solomon and Julie Vorman

Obama administration approves $34 million in compensation without market analysis of executive pay

Excerpts from this story referencing "acting director":

"… since 2008 for former executives of Fannie and Freddie.  The FHFA’s acting director, Edward DeMarco, told lawmakers then that the government was obligated to …"

Assistant attorney general's office approved wiretap in controversial gun probe

By John Solomon and David Heath

High-level Justice Department officials approved wiretap in controversial gun probe

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… overnment Oversight and Reform Committee  — a panel chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who a day earlier tussled with Attorney General Eric Holder dur …"

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