Fix the Debt Coalition lobbies up

By Dave Levinthal

Fix the Debt Coalition hires government affairs professionals to press financial reform agenda.

FACT CHECK: Social Security scare tactics

By FactCheck.Org

Both campaigns make misleading claims about potential changes to Social Security

Excerpts from this story referencing "Social Security":

"… eware: The Obama and Romney campaigns are making false claims about taxing Social Security benefits:Vice President Joe Biden told seniors in Florida that Romney’s …"

"… d seniors in Florida that Romney’s tax plan “would raise taxes on your Social Security.” But that’s not part of Romney’s tax plan. It’s the Oba …"

"… Committee falsely claim that Biden “repeatedly voted for higher taxes on Social Security benefits.” Obama and Biden repeatedly opposed attempts to cut the tax on …"

"… benefits.” Obama and Biden repeatedly opposed attempts to cut the tax on Social Security benefits for higher-income seniors, but that’s not a vote for raising ta …"

'Drastic' defense cuts would set the clock back only to 2006

By Zach Toombs

The Congressional Budget Office suggests that budget sequestration may not gut the defense budget.

DOD has a hand out on April 17

By Aaron Mehta

And where did you think your tax money was going?

Senate committee finds most 'trapped' offshore income is already in U.S.

By John Aloysius Farrell

Senate committee finds most 'trapped' offshore income from Google, Microsoft already in U.S.

FACT CHECK: Rick Perry’s dubious tax promise

By FactCheck.Org

Texas Gov. and presidential contender's flat tax plan isn't quite flat for lower-income taxpayers

How candidates' tax plans would affect one struggling family

By Amy Biegelsen and John Aloysius Farrell

Republican presidential candidates' ambitious tax plans don't help working class

Wealthy corporations with a trillion dollars stashed offshore lobby for a 'holiday' from U.S. taxes

By John Aloysius Farrell and Aaron Mehta

Wealthy corporations are lobbying for a tax holiday for a trillion dollars stashed offshore

How an Obama fundraiser turned Oklahoma into a personal tax haven

By Bill Allison

How George Kaiser turned Oklahoma into his personal tax haven

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank":

"… real estate values dropped, leaving many homeowners with negative equity. Banks that had loaned wildly during the boom ended up with mountains of bad deb …"

"… e year that Kaiser merged Kaiser-Francis Oil with Waterford, he bought the Bank of Oklahoma from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Bank of Oklaho …"

"… ought the Bank of Oklahoma from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Bank of Oklahoma had largely avoided making rash loans during the state's oil b …"

"… 62 of which shut down during the crisis — from going broke. But in 1984, Bank of Oklahoma bought Fidelity Bank N.A., an Oklahoma City-based Bank whose b …"

Pentagon's accounting shambles may cost an additional $1 billion

By R. Jeffrey Smith

DOD said its books wouldn't be clean until 2017; Panetta wants to move the deadline up

Top fisheries official says EU is investigating illegalities by Spanish companies

By Kate Willson

Top EU fishing official responds to allegations of misappropriated funds by ICIJ

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Mundo":

"… g lobbyist for the Spanish fishing sector told the Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo that ICIJ’s analysis showing the industry received nearly €6 billion s …"

"… r cited by outlets around the world, including The Sunday Times, El País, El Mundo, The New York Times, EU Observer, Huffington Post and the BBC. …"

FACT CHECK: Ad on billionaire's statement misses the facts

By FactCheck.Org

Tax burden is actually more equal than liberal advocacy group portrays in video campaign

FACT CHECK: Obamas' tax rate not lower than the average teacher's

By FactCheck.Org

From every angle, the Obamas' tax rate was substantially higher than that of a teacher or firefighter

Excerpts from this story referencing "Social Security":

"… is year’s “payroll tax holiday,” which has cut the worker portion of Social Security taxes by 2 percentage points — which is worth $1,000 to workers (includi …"

"… h are taxed at lower rates than ordinary income. It’s also the case that Social Security taxes fall only on wage and salary income, and only up to a limit that is& …"

"… up to a limit that is currently $106,800. So our $50,000 teacher pays Social Security taxes on every dollar of income, while those same payroll taxes fall only …"

"… ”) by the amount on line 22 (“total income”).We calculated Obama’s Social Security taxes on the assumption that he and his employer (the U.S. government) eac …"

Improper EITC payments top $11 billion

By Laurel Adams

A quarter of earned income tax credit payments are improper, amounting to $11 billion to $13 billion in 2009, the Internal Revenue Service r

Tax credits for alternative-fuel vehicles went to prisoners, IRS employees

By Laurel Adams

The IRS allowed $33 million in erroneous tax credits for alternative-fuel motor vehicles last year. A review by the Treasury inspector gene

IRS not strict enough on fraudulent tax refunds to nonresident aliens

By Laurel Adams

The Internal Revenue Services needs to strengthen its review of tax refunds to nonresident aliens before they are sent out of the country, a

Stimulus tax credit may increase penalties

By Laurel Adams

The “Making Work Pay” tax credit, which increased take—home pay for workers, may result in 13.4 million people actually owing the government

Dave Camp — Ways and Means Committee

By Peter H. Stone

Dave Camp of Michigan, the presumptive new chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, was first elected two decades ago and

Excerpts from this story referencing "Social Security":

"… key issues under the panel’s jurisdiction, such as the huge Medicare and Social Security entitlement programs. During the 111th Congress, Camp voted with his party …"

"… re to “pay as you go” budget rules.A supporter of private accounts for Social Security, Camp played a significant role in passing welfare reform legislation in t …"

Farm subsidies still missing from USDA’s data-rich website

By Jim Morris

The Agriculture Department says it makes farm subsidy data available to anyone who asks, but turning the data into something useful is tedio

More corporations pay less in taxes

By The Center for Public Integrity

Corporate tax payments accounted for 23 percent of all federal tax revenue in 1960. By 2007 that figure had dropped to just 14 percent

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… x laws a “high priority.” In response to a request for comment, an IRS spokesman noted that tax enforcement revenue for corporations climbed to $14.2 billi …"

Audit rates of rich fall, audits of poor spike

By The Center for Public Integrity

The IRS has upped audits on the working poor while dramatically decreasing audits on corporations and the wealthy

Influencing the IRS

By Elizabeth Brown

Nearly 500 companies lobby the tax agency

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… ied the IRS.Some of the biggest groups in Washington, D.C., —such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Gaming Association and even the AFL-CIO—have pressed their …"

Early warning

By Alan Green

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2004 — One year before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, then-Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White informed a trio of top-level

The big pong down under

By Bill Birnbauer

Less than two years after turning control over to a privatized firm, Adelaide took on a certain stench

Excerpts from this story referencing "Water":

"… ning over its Waterworks to a private consortium controlled by Thames Water and Vivendi, the city was engulfed in a powerful sewage smell, w …"

"… en when things like monitoring and maintenance are cut to the bone."Thames Water denied staffing levels had anything to do with the incident, claiming that …"

"… hing to do with the incident, claiming that the employment level at United Water, the Australian consortium, is quite high compared to United Kingdom stand …"

"… s environment, quality and sustainability division, told ICIJ. United Water has concurred that it "should have done more" to deal with the events lead …"

Low rates, needed repairs lure 'big water' to Uncle Sam's plumbing

By Erika Hobbs

Low rates, needed repairs lure 'big water' to Uncle Sam's plumbing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harrington":

"… water company; since 1994, Suez maintained a "strategic alliance" with the Harrington, N.J.-based, company. Suez also owns US Water LLC, also based in New Jerse …"

A tale of two cities

By María Teresa Ronderos

Flooded streets and backed up sewers plague Columbian city

The 'aguas' tango

By Daniel Santoro

Cashing in on Buenos Aires' privatization

Metered to death

By Jacques Pauw

How a water experiment in South Africa caused riots and a cholera epidemic

Cholera and the age of the water barons

By Bill Marsden

Cholera turned out to be a chronicle of death foretold by blind ideology

Excerpts from this story referencing "Water":

"… ez and Vivendi Environnement, and British-based Thames Water, owned by Germany's RWE AG— have since 1990 expanded into every reg …"

"… moved into the world Water market with its acquisition of Britain's Thames Water, increased its Water revenue a whopping 9,786 percent – from $25 million …"

"… te Water utility companies, including USFilter and American Water Works Co. Inc. Peter Spillett, a senior executive with RWE's Water unit Th …"

"… ywhere from $400 billion to $3 trillion, depending on how you do the math. Water is the basis of life and, if they have to, people will pay just about anyt …"

Promoting privatization

ICIJ research showed that privatization is playing an ever-increasing role in bank lending policies