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 "chief of staff":

"… hired lobbying firm. The three lobbyists are Cynthia Brown, a former chief of staff to Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis.; Nathaniel Hoopes, former legislative director fo …"

"… er Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., and Erskine Bowles, President Bill Clinton's chief of staff, are the co-founders and co-chairmen of Campaign to Fix the Debt. New York …"

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 "Florida":

"… t taxing Social Security benefits:Vice President Joe Biden told seniors in Florida that Romney’s tax plan “would raise taxes on your Social Security.” …"

"… by hundreds of dollars.”The campaign, a week later, raised the stakes.In Florida, a battleground state that has the highest share of seniors amon …"

"… its 147,000-plus followers on the day of the vice president’s speech in Florida: “Biden Has Repeatedly Voted For Higher Taxes On Social Security Benefit …"

'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?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tax":

"… ebsite from the federal government, now you can!The White House “Federal Taxpayer Receipt” calculator, released Wednesday, asks you to put in how muc …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Google":

"… multinationals and found that 27 of the cash-flush firms, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, had invested almost $250 billion in the United States.“Th …"

"… evin noted, have brought home almost all their “trapped” funds. Apple, Google and Microsoft, for example, have brought back from 76 to 100 percent of th …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Robert Farley":

"… o an average of $462 in higher federal income taxes.– Brooks Jackson and Robert Farley …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… re already hurting by eliminating our safety nets like Social Security and Medicare. To me, that is just plain crazy and heartless.” …"

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 "Merck":

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

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 "oil and gas industry":

"… nvestments worth hundreds of millions in energy firms, most of them in the oil and gas industry. The Washington Post reported that, in 2005, Senate investigators focused …"

"… as stations and natural gas shortages proved to be a boon for the domestic oil and gas industry, and Kaiser built his company into Oklahoma's largest privately held produ …"

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 "Government":

"… elf been plagued by overruns and delays, senior defense officials say. The Government Accountability Office said in a report last month that although the servic …"

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 "Vidal Armadores":

"… of the stories focused on a family-controlled firm in northwestern Spain, Vidal Armadores, which received at least €8.2 million in subsidies while it faced more t …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government":

"… income tax credit.Following are other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… rated all of 2009.Following are other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other gover …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "American International Group":

"… cial giants turning to U.S. taxpayers for costly bailouts — for example, American International Group, which recently received up to $123 billion in Treasury assistance — had …"

Influencing the IRS

By Elizabeth Brown

Nearly 500 companies lobby the tax agency

Excerpts from this story referencing "Detroit":

"… that they don't miss out on any deductions. But when corporate giants like Detroit-based DTE Energy want to save millions, they turn to Washington, D.C., lob …"

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 "Army":

"… nto it.” …"

"… rently done without adequate analysis. “Currently,” White admitted, “Army planners and programmers lack visibility at the Departmental level into th …"

"… provides better visibility of the contractor work force “is essential to Army plans for expanded reliance on contractor support…”“Contract support …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… th the contract until 2011. "It's very difficult to unscramble the egg," a spokeswoman in Rann's office lamented."When a corporation wins a highly unpopular cont …"

"… of United Water's performance and financial arrangements remain secret. A spokeswoman for SA Water told ICIJ that contract breaches and penalties were public in …"

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 "Texas":

"… of future shortages.Several aquifers, including the Ogallala in Texas and the Potomac-Raritan-Magothy in New Jersey, already are under …"

"… o and three PSG employees were indicted in U.S. District Court in Houston, Texas, for conspiracy, mail fraud and interstate travel in aid of bribery. Maral …"

A tale of two cities

By María Teresa Ronderos

Flooded streets and backed up sewers plague Columbian city

Excerpts from this story referencing "Suez":

"… de Barcelona, a partially owned subsidiary of the French water giant Suez, won the 20-year contract and held 44.81 percent of the newly formed compa …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Canada":

"… oject, a university-based research center with offices in South Africa and Canada. Two million people have been evicted from their homes for not paying util …"

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 "Canada":

"… in South Africa, Australia, Colombia, Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada.The investigation showed that while these companies claim to be "passionat …"

"… n and court proceedings.Even in developed countries, such as Australia and Canada, which generally have stronger regulatory bodies than poorer countries, pr …"

Promoting privatization

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