Fix the Debt Coalition lobbies up

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Brown":

"… on Kind, D-Wis.; Nathaniel Hoopes, former legislative director for ex-Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass.; and Elizabeth Wroe, a former health policy director and counsel …"

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 "Eugene Kiely":

"… t lists six times when Biden voted against repealing the 1993 tax hike.– Eugene Kiely  …"

'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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pfizer":

"… to give a select group of U.S. multinational firms like Apple, Oracle and Pfizer a lavish tax break on a trillion dollars stashed offshore. The avowed goal …"

"… seas. More than half the benefits went to only 15 firms. And just five — Pfizer, Merck, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson and IBM — retrieved $88 b …"

"… s study of 15 leading firms that profited from the tax break. Drug giant Pfizer, which repatriated the single largest chunk of cash — $37 billion — an …"

"… yees in 2005. Yet from 2004 through 2006, according to the Senate inquiry, Pfizer repurchased over $17 billion of its stock, and awarded its five most highl …"

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 "George B. Kaiser":

"… nlikely that President Barack Obama will be naming any tax proposals after George B. Kaiser. An investment by the Tulsa billionaire's family foundation in Solyndra, …"

"… owns the Bank of Oklahoma — its most recent proxy statement notes that, "George B. Kaiser currently owns approximately 60.4% of the outstanding common stock and pla …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "fractured financial management":

"… iorityUnder Gates, the department formally declared the task of fixing its fractured financial management — involving the melding or coordination of a total of more than 2,000 se …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "CNN":

"… that from this ad released by Civic Action. The ad appeared on CNN and MSNBC starting Sept. 22. It was keyed to a White House push to get Con …"

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

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

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

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

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

Influencing the IRS

By Elizabeth Brown

Nearly 500 companies lobby the tax agency

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington, D.C.":

"… e giants like Detroit-based DTE Energy want to save millions, they turn to Washington, D.C., lobbyists.The energy services provider relied on its lobbyists—not acco …"

"… government, one in three has lobbied the IRS.Some of the biggest groups in Washington, D.C., —such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Gaming Association …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Baghdad":

"… lding scandal over inmate abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison, 20 miles west of Baghdad. The role of private contractors in Iraq first earned widespread public at …"

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 "Victoria":

"… d move its Australian corporate headquarters and 100 staff from Melbourne, Victoria, to Adelaide was not kept.Nor did United Water become an Australian-led fi …"

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 "trade":

"… ople in 27 states and three Canadian provinces and is the largest publicly traded water company in the United States. Thames Water LLC, a British …"

"… r of federal relations at the National Association of Water Companies, the trade group for private companies.Against the tideLabor unions and the watchdog …"

A tale of two cities

By María Teresa Ronderos

Flooded streets and backed up sewers plague Columbian city

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barranquilla":

"… s the first to privatize its water, followed by other large cities such as Barranquilla, with 1.2 million residents, and smaller ones like Santa Marta, Palmira, T …"

The 'aguas' tango

By Daniel Santoro

Cashing in on Buenos Aires' privatization

Excerpts from this story referencing "Shahed Husain":

"… ion. "The new adjustment projects in Argentina," World Bank Vice President Shahed Husain said, "show that the government has decided to keep deepening the economic …"

Metered to death

By Jacques Pauw

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "minister":

"… soldier in the African National Congress' armed wing, had just become the minister of Water Affairs and Forestry.His department was coordinating a project in …"

"… uired from users to demonstrate demand and develop community capacity to administer funds and tariffs. Ensure hundred percent recovery of operation and mainte …"

Cholera and the age of the water barons

By Bill Marsden

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

Promoting privatization

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