Koch group's income plummeted in non-election year

By Carrie Levine

Nonprofit Center to Protect Patient Rights raised in 2013 a tiny fraction of what it did during 2012, when federal political campaigns raged

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… a non-election year, according to new federal tax filings reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. The Center to Protect Patient Rights reported just $2.2 million in incom …"

"… ent Rights directors. He did not immediately respond to questions from the Center for Public Integrity. Update, 10:51 a.m., Dec. 16, 2014: Ray Brooks, a spokesman for Arizona P …"

"… rcent of Prosper Inc.’s $1.57 million in revenue in 2013, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of the group’s 2013 tax filing, available on the Citizen Audit …"

Koch-linked operative mum on mystery millions

By Michael Beckel

Sean Noble oversaw a seven-figure grant to American Commitment, which says it wasn't the beneficiary. So where did the money go?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sean Noble":

"… American Commitment, says it wasn’t the beneficiary of the money. Now, Sean Noble — a political consultant who was chosen by the Koch brothers to quarterb …"

"… on, Dec. 10, 2014, 12:25 p.m.: This story has been updated to clarify that Sean Noble no longer serves as a director of the Phil Kerpen-headed American Commitme …"

Conservative group fumbles disclosure in new tax document

By Michael Beckel

Koch-linked nonprofit American Commitment to amend tax documents after questions from the Center for Public Integrity.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… difficult," said Robert Maguire, a researcher at the Center for Responsive Politics, which monitors money in Politics. "When organizations aren't careful how …"

Koch-linked organization uses ‘dark money’ to fight political disclosure

By Michael Beckel

Most of the $13 million raised by American Commitment has come three Koch-backed groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Future Fund":

"… de Kerpen's reference to the NAACP v. Alabama case.) In recent years, the American Future Fund has spent tens of millions of dollars advocating against federal lawmakers …"

Crossroads GPS' cash plummeted in 2013

By Carrie Levine

Conservative nonprofit's income drop coincided with a non-election year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… spending a combined $176.4 million on the 2012 elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Roughly $70 million of that was spent by Crossroads GPS. The groups’ mo …"

Secret politics pervade popular companies

By Dave Levinthal

Some well-known brands keep their political spending secret while others are more forthcoming, new survey shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Business":

"… p;Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… There is a similar commission in Australia. Streckfus’s hope: President Barack Obama’s next State of the Union address highlights the need for a new regulato …"

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 "Government":

"… ll Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., added that the IRS wastes money, as …"

Is this super PAC subverting disclosure rules?

By Michael Beckel

Georgia's GOP Senate primary has attracted big money from a super PAC funded by two nonprofit groups tied to an Ohio lobbyist.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… he only other donor to the Citizens for a Working America PAC this year is New York-based Paladin Holdings LLC, which gave $5,000 in May. That limited liabil …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… code have played an increasingly important role in elections following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in January 2010. …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… onprofits engaging in overt political activity that proliferated after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010. The …"

Tobacco money fuels gay Republicans, business organizations

By Michael Beckel

Reynolds American gave thousands of dollars to politically active nonprofits such as the Log Cabin Republicans, Americans for Prosperity.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pat McCrory":

"… on, an organization formed by allies of the state’s Republican governor, Pat McCrory; and $50,000 to Keep Texas Working, a pro-business group headed by lobbyis …"

United Nations report: 'Children on the Run' from violent homelands

By Susan Ferriss

Numbers of Central American and Mexico minors who say they're fleeing violence are surging.

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… ol apprehensions of minors traveling on their own from three countries — El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — leaped from about 4,060 in 2011 to nearly 21,5 …"

"… worst crime and murder rates in the world. Fifteen-year-old Maritza, from El Salvador, told researchers that a gang member warned her uncle that another man had …"

"… a gang member warned her uncle that another man had his eye on her. “In El Salvador, they take young girls, rape them and throw them in plastic bags,” Marit …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… e law is the Internal Revenue Service. High-profile politicians from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to Mike Huckabee, the former GOP governor of Arkansas, suggested …"

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 …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… , a principal at San Francisco-based law firm Adler & Colvin, told the Center for Public Integrity. In addition, social welfare grants can also help nonprofits pay for over …"

Pulling back the veil on corporate contributions

By Michael Beckel and Erin Quinn

New database pulls back veil on corporate giving to politically active nonprofits and covert ways companies advance their agendas.

Highlights of Offshore Leaks so far

By Kimberley Porteous and Emily Menkes

Highlights of ICIJ's offshore leaks investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank":

"… cloaked offshore companies in the Caribbean and Asia. Raiffeisen Bank International chief executive Herbert Stepic said he was stepping aside to …"

"… efore he went missing, documents contained in the ICIJ data cache show. Bankrupt real estate mogul Hans Thulin had as much as $17 million she …"

"… llion he helped Hogan hide offshore in Switzerland.   Clariden Bank, part of Credit Suisse, sought highly-secretive structures and p …"

"… ternal documents reveal he was advised by the Singapore branch of Deutsche Bank to do business with Portcullis TrustNet. When interviewed by L’Espr …"

Center thankful for stellar reviews from charity watchdogs

By Bill Buzenberg

Nation's leading nonprofit evaluators give us accountability rankings to be thankful for.

Business groups assail political transparency

By Dave Levinthal

Letter from U.S. Chamber, others charge Center for Political Accountability with laying 'disclosure trap' for corporations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Donohue":

"… the letter, which is signed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue, Business Roundtable President John Engler and National Association of Man …"

CVS backs Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's NERD Fund

By Michael Beckel

Pharmacy chain's donation to Michigan governor's group offers a rare glimpse into the funding of politically active nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… 2,500 to politicians so far this year, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. During the first half of 2013, the company also spent more than $6 milli …"

Companies disclosing more political spending

By Dave Levinthal

Study: Companies are increasingly volunteering information about their politicking, but 'severe' gaps remain.

Some charities claiming to support veterans spend heavily on overhead instead

By Chad Garland and Andrew Knochel

News21 investigation finds that some charities supposedly supporting veterans actually spending more to keep their program alive.

World Bank approves loan to sugar plantation amid concerns about kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

World Bank approved $15M loan to Nicaraguan sugar plantation, even as industry is ravaged by disease.

More corporations revealing 'dark money' donations

By Dave Levinthal

Corporations are still mostly mum about political contributions, but more and more are reporting donations to secretive nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "King":

"… udy’s research. Companies who aren’t yet on board? “They’re like King Canute, telling the tide not to come in,” Freed said. “Corporate polit …"

State legislators' ties to nonprofit groups prove fertile ground for corruption

By Nicholas Kusnetz

New York scandals reveal corrupt ties between lawmakers, nonprofit groups

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… porations to curry favor with politicians, frequently without disclosure. California is one of the few states that does require disclosure, but that hasn’t d …"

"… that hasn’t discouraged the practice, said Phillip Ung, a spokesman for California Common Cause. Last year, 57 lawmakers reported such contributions, totalin …"

"… l Communications, only 14 states require lobbyists to disclose such gifts. California is the only state Werren knows of that requires lawmakers to disclose them …"

Tobacco giant funded conservative nonprofits

By Dave Levinthal

Reynolds American donated big to secretive political nonprofits that lambasted Democrats in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Altria":

"… orillard “could look at possibly enhancing disclosure in the future.” Altria, the world’s largest tobacco company, does make contributions to politic …"

"… , spokesman Bill Phelps said — but he would not name any beneficiaries. Altria’s corporate policy only requires it disclose its contributions to 501(c) …"

"… s, none of which applied to its 2012 donations, Phelps said. For example, Altria, which makes Marlboros, the top-selling cigarettes, would publicly disclos …"

"… ned by the Internal Revenue Service — but only if the nonprofit informed Altria of this fact. The IRS considers political activity to be the “participa …"

Conservative nonprofit seeks to oust IRS official

By Michael Beckel

American Future Fund, which has spent millions on political ads, wants IRS official to go.

IRS rarely denies 'social welfare' applications

By Michael Beckel

Agency approved 6,800 'social welfare' groups' during the past four years, rejected 20.

Do nonprofits' names imply political activity?

By Michael Beckel and Ben Wieder

The names of most social welfare nonprofits don't contain overtly political words.