Tea party scandal brews FOIA backlog at FEC

By Dave Levinthal

Media and public wait for information from election agency as Congress seeks IRS-related information.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… Federal Election Commission with demands for information connected to the Internal Revenue Service tea party targeting scandal and the unrelated political activities of a fo …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ddress highlights the need for a new regulatory agency for nonprofits. …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ted political spending limits, campaign finance watchdogs were certain the Internal Revenue Service would take action. After all, lawyers for the Federal Election Commission …"

25 years, countless investigations and 935 lies

By Charles Lewis

Founder Chuck Lewis tells how the Center for Public Integrity came to be in this excerpt from his new book.

IRS says liberal group too political for 'social welfare' status

By Michael Beckel

Tax agency rejects pro-Blanche Lincoln group's application for tax-exempt status, calling it too focused on influencing elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… while reviewing their applications for tax-exempt status.    …"

IRS chief promises stricter rules for 'dark money' nonprofit groups

By Julie Patel

Agency chief says he'll tackle exactly how political 'social welfare' groups can get.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… fare groups, are not required to disclose their donors.     …"

Outside money pouring into governors races

By Ben Wieder

Dem, GOP associations are spending more than double as much on governors' races in the 2014 cycle than at the same period in 2010.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… overall spending is double what it was in 2010, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service. Both groups are “527s,” tax-exempt organizations named for the IRS c …"

'Radical animal rights movement' gets new foe

By Michael Beckel

An Iowa-based organization devoted to fighting 'the radical animal rights movement' has formed a super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… A report detailing its 2013 finances is not expected to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service until later this year. As a social welfare nonprofit, Protect the Harvest …"

Who’s bankrolling secretive liberal group America Votes?

By Michael Beckel

A dozen anonymous donors accounted for most of the $12.7 million America Votes raised during its last fiscal year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ded. Several state-specific partners are also named. Tax filings with the Internal Revenue Service and documents submitted to the Department of Labor do provide some insight …"

U.S. Chamber targets Dems in state attorney general races

By Ben Wieder

Why are powerful business interests underwriting ads in AG races in the states?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… Reform have donated $15.5 million to the RSLC, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service, three times more than the next largest single donor, the American Justice …"

Montana state senators raise big bucks with secretive nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Secretive group connected to GOP state Sens. Jason Priest and Ed Walker raised $900,000 in 2012, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… environmental extremism.” When it applied for tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, it said under the penalty of perjury that it would not directly or indire …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… than $12.7 million, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Internal Revenue Service tax filings. The vast majority of this cash was spread among 163 U.S. col …"

Documents reveal GOP group's secret donors

By Michael Beckel and Erin Quinn

Alabama Power, Pfizer among companies that helped fund the Alabama House Republican Conference in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… t tax form, she provided a version that is typically only delivered to the Internal Revenue Service and includes contributor names and contribution amounts. This document na …"

CPAC activists urged to fight IRS

By Michael Beckel and Julie Patel

Tax agency called a 'cancer' and 'criminal enterprise' at conservative convention.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… more than President Barack Obama and his signature health care law is the Internal Revenue Service. High-profile politicians from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to Mike Huckabee, …"

Issue ad or political ad? You be the judge

By Rachel Baye

Ads intended to influence elections often not reported because sponsors claim they are about issues.

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… w grant funds may be used.” But a Center for Public Integrity review of Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission documents shows that the four groups invol …"

Transfers allow nonprofits to spend more money on campaigns, experts say

By Julie Patel

Groups move money to maximize amount that can be used to advocate for or against candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… And they don’t have to reveal their donors. But there’s a downside. Internal Revenue Service rules are generally interpreted to mean 501(c)(4) social welfare groups mu …"

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 …"

Next up: 'Citizens United v. IRS'?

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative group promises to 'pull out all the stops' to fight proposed nonprofit regulations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… es for how political campaigns are waged. Could a Citizens United v. Internal Revenue Service case be next? Yes, says David Bossie, the outspoken president of Cit …"

GOP megadonor Harold Simmons bankrolled liberal causes

By Dave Levinthal

The charitable foundation of the late Harold Simmons contributed big bucks to Planned Parenthood, other left-leaning causes in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… according to a Center for Public Integrity review of new filings with the Internal Revenue Service by Simmons' private charitable foundation. Among the beneficiaries was Pl …"

Billionaires boost Republican governors group past Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder

GOP governors' group outraises counterpart, but Democrats still expected to win a few races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… health insurer Wellpoint each contributed more than $500,000, according to Internal Revenue Service records posted Friday. The cash advantage is welcome given the challenges …"

GOP governors group dwarfs Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder and John Dunbar

This year features 36 governors' races; Republicans enter with a big fundraising advantage over Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… unions and pharmaceutical companies, according to filings submitted to the Internal Revenue Service. The International Association of Firefighters and the American Federatio …"

Two Center projects named finalists for Goldsmith investigative reporting prize

By The Center for Public Integrity

Pair of investigations named finalists for prestigious Goldsmith Prize.

RGA raises $50 million going into election year

By Ben Wieder

The top outside political spender of 2012 is preparing for a busy 2014, with 36 gubernatorial races this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… d the DGA by more than $10 million, according to previous filings with the Internal Revenue Service, which regulates the groups. The RGA raised $56.6 million in 201 …"

Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… s.” When Restoring Ohio applied for tax-exempt status, it told the Internal Revenue Service that it intended to solicit funds from both individuals and businesse …"

Top GOP donor Harold Simmons dead at 82

By Dave Levinthal

Texas billionaire ranked among top donors to Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… o use the trust assets as his own and eventually ran into trouble with the Internal Revenue Service. As a result, his daughters, Andrea and Scheryle, filed a lawsuit against …"

"… s been anything but right-leaning, a Center for Public Integrity review of Internal Revenue Service documents indicates. The Harold Simmons Foundation in 2011 most notably c …"

By the numbers: a 2013 money-in-politics index

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights the year's top stories and key trends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ate that failed to fully reveal their funders: Oct. 24 Date on which Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner resigned amid allegations that the age …"

‘Nonpartisan’ gun rights group boosted by Democratic-aligned America Votes

By Adam Wollner and Michael Beckel

Nearly all of 'nonpartisan' Bull Moose Sportsmen's funding has come from a Democratic-aligned nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… a Center for Public Integrity review of documents recently filed with the Internal Revenue Service. In all, contributions from America Votes represent at least 95 percent o …"

Negative ads make Peterson 'more inclined' to run

By Michael Beckel

Democratic lawmaker Collin Peterson says a secretive nonprofit's media blitz makes him more likely to seek re-election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… according to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of filings with the Internal Revenue Service. The American Future Fund has also received cash infusions from the Ameri …"

How Washington starves its election watchdog

By Dave Levinthal

Agency hamstrung by political bickering, case backlogs, staff departures — even Chinese hackers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… nonprofit organizations to disclose their donors. It’s an issue that the Internal Revenue Service, not the FEC, is now poised to tackle next year, having just announced pro …"

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