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.

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 "Social Security":

"… n the general public.” GAO was able to prepare its estimate by matching Social Security numbers from the IRS Unpaid Assessment database with Defense’s database …"

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 "director":

"… to the reporting position they’ve taken,” said Marcus Owens, a former director of the IRS exempt organizations division. “It’s kind of a thumb in the …"

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 Responsive Politics":

"… 2 election cycle, a presidential election year, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Create a regulatory agency for nonprofits — one separate from the IRS. …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… ssion argued that Crossroads GPS, co-founded by Republican operatives Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, spent more on politics than anything else leading up to …"

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 "John Koskinen":

"… iteria for conducting audits on its website. Last month, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress that anyone currently dealing with the IRS “should “be c …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… ection that spring for the seat of longtime Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania who died in February 2010. Burns lost. Representatives of RightChange.com …"

Next up: 'Citizens United v. IRS'?

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative group promises to 'pull out all the stops' to fight proposed nonprofit regulations.

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 "Senate Finance Committee":

"… rocess all of the applications its tax-exempt unit has received. Both the Senate Finance Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are planning heari …"

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.

IRS employees back Obama, Democrats

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… Reporter Ben Wieder contributed to this report.     …"

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 "California":

"… rty-related in IRS documents, just one — the National Tea Party Group of California — reported assets of more than $100,000 in its most recent publicly avai …"

IRS ‘outs’ handful of donors to Republican group

By Paul Abowd

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… erica, gave $10,000. Haslam’s brother Bill is the Republican governor of Tennessee. HCA Inc.’s donations helped the RGA nonprofit oppose the implementati …"

"… ccepted the Medicaid expansion funds that the law provides. The Tennessee-based corporation has also given $300,000 to the RGA’s 527 group since 2 …"

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 "renewable energy":

"… blogs include “union bosses,” “Marxian” senators and the perils of renewable energy. Franklin has noted that its journalists’ work had landed on major netw …"

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.

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.

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 "Medicare":

"… n fails to mention, however, that the additional tax revenue goes into the Medicare hospital insurance trust fund — which is rapidly depleting and could be& …"

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 "Tax":

"… f its invaluable series on “Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes,” this time covering 2008 and 2009. The CBO’s statistical series now …"

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.

FACT CHECK: 'Fat Cats' ad not quite accurate on Buffett Rule

By FactCheck.Org

In advocating for Buffett Rule, MoveOn.org gives false impression of tax rates for the ultra-wealthy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tax":

"… ich in this TV ad would be considered “the rest of us.”The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center divided “the rest of us” into 10 groups and found&n …"

"… al candidate Mitt Romney. Then again, there are those who pay more.Another Tax Policy Center analysis of the Buffett Rule found that about half …"

FACT CHECK: Warren Buffett's tax rate is an exception, not a rule

By FactCheck.Org

Most high-earning tax payers actually do pay a higher rate than the middle-class.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tax":

"… ddle of the income range in fiscal year 2015, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.The president and vice president have given a series of spee …"

"… uation that — making over a million dollars do the same exact thing."The Tax Policy Center did an analysis of the Paying a Fair Share Ac …"

"… percent — earning between $39,862 and $69,074 in 2011, according to the Tax Policy Center’s analysis.Under current law (which assumes the Bush Tax c …"

"… ssumes the Bush Tax cuts expire as scheduled at the end of this year), the Tax Policy Center estimates the Buffett Rule would raise Taxes for 116,000 hou …"

FedEx fails to deliver for drivers

By Amy Biegelsen

FedEx drivers are part of the ever-blurring line between employees and contractors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… struction industry is a frequent target for state enforcement. In January, Massachusetts’ attorney general extracted $400,000 in unpaid wages and penalties, and …"

"… tracted $400,000 in unpaid wages and penalties, and more than $141,000 for Massachusetts’ unemployment system from contractors under Pulte Homes, one of the nati …"

"… n of this story identified Pulte Homes as the target of penalties from the Massachusetts attorney general, but it was contractors of the company that were fined. …"

ANALYSIS: Health care myths and realities

By Wendell Potter

Insurers love the health plans, consumers not so much

ANALYSIS: President Santorum would be insurers' best buddy

By Wendell Potter

Former Pennsylvania senator could always be relied upon to back health insurance industry

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… r Sen. Arlen Specter, who at the time (2003) was a Republican representing Pennsylvania. I also contributed to the presidential campaign of former Sen. Chris Dodd …"

"… umber 10, with contributions totaling $68,610.If Santorum makes it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue next year, his inauguration would usher in an era of unprecedented …"

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