How to fix the IRS nonprofit division

By Julie Patel

Employees, reformers offer three recommendations for improving the agency's flagging nonprofit division.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… een systematically weakened — stripped of resources and authority — by Congress. And it’s all but quit regulating politically active nonprofits in a mea …"

"… pped more than 8 percent, from 900 in 2010 to 824 in 2013. But relying on Congress for additional funding will likely prove futile, as demonstrated by many l …"

"… That was the intent of the tax, approved by law roughly 40 years ago. But Congress never appropriated the money for that cause. The tax could be applied to a …"

"… ffectively regulating [nonprofits]. Part of the reason, of course, is that Congress does not want effective regulation,” Paul Streckfus, who worked in …"

Nonprofits spend money on campaigns despite benefactors' warnings

By Julie Patel

Despite warning, four nonprofits spent money on 2012 elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney general":

"… ees could get in trouble for not following their donors’ wishes. A state attorney general, for example, could go after such groups and the IRS could follow suit, sa …"

Nonprofits' failure to report political activity to IRS raises questions

By Julie Patel

Nonprofits are required to report poltical activity to the IRS — Center finds three that did not and one that underreported.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… spent?”    …"

"… fits that spent money on politics and did not report their activity to the Internal Revenue Service, as required. “That’s called playing with fire,” Marcus Owens, a fo …"

News outlets unearth more Donors Trust recipients

By Paul Abowd

Series of recent reports aim to reveal beneficiaries of Donors Trust dollars.

Donors use charity to push free-market policies in states

By Paul Abowd

Charity acts as screen for conservative foundations that feed network of state-based think tanks, media outlets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… conservative think tanks, including Cato, the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute — whose president, Arthur C. Brooks, is on the Donors Trust board. In r …"

Daily Disclosure: Web video implies Biden ‘on something’ in debate

By Rachael Marcus

Video paid for by 'social' welfare' nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Biden":

"… of President Barack Obama, released a new one that implies Vice President Joe Biden was on drugs during last week’s vice presidential debate.The video has g …"

"… imited Government says the ad was intended as satire. "There's no evidence Joe Biden was on anything," he said.The group calls itself a nonpartisan advocacy or …"

Solyndra investor's foundation status called into question

By Amy Biegelsen

Senator questions tax status of George Kaiser's foundation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charles Grassley":

"… assets. Gifts to private foundations yield tax deductions for donors.Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, raised questions Tuesday about Kaiser’s involvement.“With Sol …"

Funders

The Climate Change Lobby is generously supported by a grant from the Deer Creek Foundation and is part of an ongoing investigative series on

Excerpts from this story referencing "Foundation":

"… limate Change Lobby is generously supported by a grant from the Deer Creek Foundation and is part of an ongoing investigative series on “clean coal” and cli …"

"… t for the Center is provided by Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the JEHT Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John …"

"… rovided by Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the JEHT Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. …"

"… the Ford Foundation, the JEHT Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Park Foundation, t …"

Following The Money (Part 2)

By Jim Morris and Robert Brodsky

Charitable bedfellows: Howard Rich’s interlocking foundations

Excerpts from this story referencing "Foundation":

"… rom the ALG Foundation.  …"

"… nations accounted for more than 96 percent of all contributions to the ALG Foundation that year, according to a federal tax return signed by Howard Rich, one of …"

"… -takings ballot initiatives in the West. The two donations to the ALG Foundation, as it turned out, came from a single donor: the LEAD Foundation, a charit …"

"… o the ALG Foundation, as it turned out, came from a single donor: the LEAD Foundation, a charitable organization in Illinois that says it’s dedicated to “th …"

Following The Money (Part 1)

By Jim Morris and Robert Brodsky

Are Howard Rich’s organizations really what they say they are?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… m donors and sharing it among themselves.In 2004, for example, Legislation Education Action Drive, a tax-exempt organization that Rich founded to promote vouch …"

"… High Plains Investments in Park City, Utah, and the founder of First Class Education, a tax-exempt organization that promotes what it calls “the 65 percent s …"

"… ehanna Foundation, as is Eric Brooks (see below).$36,500 from the American Education Reform Foundation, a tax-exempt organization in Milwaukee. The organizatio …"

"… anna International Group (see above). Brooks is a director of the Decision Education Foundation in Palo Alto, California; the biographical sketch of him on the …"