Pro-McConnell nonprofit hit with IRS complaint

By Michael Beckel

A watchdog organization wants the IRS to investigate a nonprofit that spent millions backing Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a conservative nonprofi …"

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 "Thom Tillis":

"… 14 midterms, American Commitment promoted Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis of North Carolina in radio ads. In 2013, it backed Republican U.S. Senate …"

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 "Ed Gillespie":

"… GPS, co-founded by Republican political operative Karl Rove and strategist Ed Gillespie, has maintained it adheres to federal laws governing nonprofits. It repor …"

Grover Norquist nonprofit funded pro-Republican women’s group

By Michael Beckel

Conservative-leaning Independent Women's Voice got 13 percent of its revenue last year from Americans for Tax Reform, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… for Tax Reform itself spent $122,500 on ads backing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst of Iowa, according …"

Watchdog files IRS complaint against Koch-connected 60 Plus Association

By Michael Beckel

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is asking the IRS to investigate the 60 Plus Association.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Party of Virginia":

"… olitical professional whose husband formerly served as the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. Singer Pat Boone serves as its national spokesman. Officials with the IR …"

Unpaid tax debts surprisingly frequent among those with U.S. security clearances

By Alexander Cohen

Being a deadbeat does not mean you cannot read secret documents.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Intelligence":

"… from federal salaries and similar payments. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which has jurisdiction over clearances, studied that possibility, along w …"

"… would be in order." The GAO report noted that the IRS and the Director of National Intelligence have formed a working group to find an answer. One solution would be to cr …"

Koch-backed seniors group low-balling election spending?

By Michael Beckel

The 60 Plus Association tells the IRS it barely spends money on politics — despite funding millions in candidate attack ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… r year. This funding spike roughly aligns with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, which allowed nonprofits like the 60 Plus Association to …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… its in a meaningful and consistent way. That’s the grim takeaway from a Center for Public Integrity investigation published Tuesday. Since then, many readers have asked what …"

"… iled in early 2015. Officials at public interest groups say they hope the Center for Public Integrity’s report will embolden the agency — particularly when it comes to adva …"

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 "law":

"… the donors to these groups still largely a mystery. …"

"… s were certain the Internal Revenue Service would take action. After all, lawyers for the Federal Election Commission argued that Crossroads GPS, c …"

"… s entirely different — and unassuming — kinds of creatures. A federal law passed in 1913 created them as a "catch all" for nonprofit groups that wer …"

"… ng to business complaints about the arrangement, Congress in 1950 passed a law levying taxes on nonprofits’ “unrelated business income.” If nonprof …"

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.     …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… olutely traumatized” after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010 that in part allowed nonprofits to overtly advocate for or …"

"… an attorney who previously served in the Department of Justice and on the Federal Election Commission. Without repercussions, von Spakovsky warned, “it’ll happen again.” …"

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 "Iowa":

"… le Leadership didn’t return phone calls and emails seeking comment. The Iowa-based American Future Fund, founded by Nick Ryan, a GOP consultant, receiv …"

"… . Berkley. Ryan declined to comment, and Sandy Greiner, a state senator in Iowa who was listed as American Future Fund’s president, did not return phone …"

"… donor intent restrictions,” Geoff Greenwood, communications director for Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s office, said in an email, adding that he c …"

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 "Foundation":

"… e political expenses were lower than what was reported to the FEC. Family Foundation Action claimed no political campaign activity on its 2012 tax return but s …"

"… 8,942 last year attempting to oust Obama, according to FEC records. Family Foundation Action officials did not return calls and emails. Public Interest Forum s …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… ited amounts of money during elections. Conservative nonprofits including Karl Rove-founded Crossroads GPS and Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity r …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "inspector":

"… lications. The IRS's approval processes have come under fire following an inspector general report that found IRS employees used “inappropriate criteria” …"

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.

'Tea party' nonprofits rarely endorsed political candidates

By Michael Beckel

'Tea party'-branded nonprofits at heart of IRS scandal rarely endorsed political candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "primary":

"… ioning political candidates in broadcast advertisements immediately before primary or general elections. And one of those is, in fact, unabashedly liberal. …"

"… battle that year. A 2011 filing with the IRS describes the nonprofit’s primary purpose as seeking to “encourage a discussion of economic issues in the …"

IRS employees back Obama, Democrats

By Michael Beckel

IRS employees routinely open wallets for Democratic candidates and liberal groups.

IRS nonprofit division overloaded, understaffed

By Dave Levinthal

IRS accused of singling out conservative groups; claims of overwork may have merit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ublicly available financial filing. For now, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have called on the Obama administration to investigate the matter, and Oba …"

IRS ‘outs’ handful of donors to Republican group

By Paul Abowd

Donors to Republican Governors Association nonprofit include hospital company that backed Obamacare.

Donors use charity to push free-market policies in states

By Paul Abowd

Charity acts as screen for conservative foundations that feed network of state-based think tanks, media outlets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… meetings in 2011 including the Michigan-based Mackinac Center and the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute, which introduced a raft of anti-union model bil …"

Non-political nonprofit's spending spikes in election years

By Dave Levinthal

Law says groups like Americans for Job Security cannot make politics its primary purpose.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… operative, also spent $11 million to help support passage of an anti-union California ballot proposition, the state’s campaign finance regulators revealed. U …"

After big U.S. Supreme Court win, Montana nonprofit suffers string of losses

By Paul Abowd

Democrat Steve Bullock's gubernatorial win a low point for litigious conservative group.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House of Representatives":

"… Bonogofsky, a Republican who has run unsuccessfully for Montana’s state House of Representatives three times.During her 2008 run, Bonogofsky was puzzled by a call from for …"

Mystery deepens over origins of nonprofit battling Montana spending limits

By Paul Abowd

A secretive foe of campaign finance rules can't explain IRS filing noting $300,000 donation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… s campaign finance laws keeps getting murkier.In a document filed with the Internal Revenue Service, the group claimed Jacob Jabs as its “primary donor” who had “agreed …"

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 "Ronald Reagan":

"… on Social Security benefits to the 1983 level, as established by President Ronald Reagan. But that would have cut taxes for higher-income seniors; it would not hav …"

FACT CHECK: Truth about tax rate talking points

By FactCheck.Org

Despite common talking points, tax rates were actually at a 30-year low in 2008-2009 period.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… s own campaign promise to raise taxes on upper-income households, the new president was a tax cutter in 2009.The Top 1 PercentThe CBO figures show rates have …"

ALEC faces new challenge to tax-exempt status

By John Dunbar

A group of clergy is challenging the tax status of the American Legislative Exchange Council.

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