IRS rarely audits nonprofits for politicking

By Julie Patel

New documents show the federal tax agency almost never audits nonprofit groups for illegal politicking.

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

"… lone compared to about $17 million during the 2006 cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The lack of IRS oversight and enforcement stems from a confluence of fac …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… donors to the general public,” according to its website. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling, certain ty …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ive nonprofit American Commitment is amending its 2013 tax return with the Internal Revenue Service after questions this week from the Center for Public Integrity. The nonpr …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… American Commitment, it has done so without disclosing its funders. …"

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 …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… f dollars backing Republican politicians such as 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Chris McDaniel, who unsuccessfully challe …"

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 "conservative advocacy":

"… ing the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the 60 Plus Association, a conservative advocacy group funded largely by the political network of billionaire industrialist …"

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 "Government Accountability Office":

"… f them managed to get high-level clearances while having unpaid taxes, the Government Accountability Office reported on July 28. The grand total of these delinquent sums is about $22 …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… y review of documents indicates. The Virginia-based organization told the Federal Election Commission that it spent about $4.6 million on political ads and “voter contact” …"

"… ng 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 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 "director":

"… cy. They include Miller, acting commissioner at the time, and Lois Lerner, director of the exempt organizations division. The tea party affair has directed a …"

"… orking exclusively on nonprofit issues, Ripperda, the exempt organizations director, said in a recent interview. “The counsel is still in the process of str …"

"… nprofit regulation division. Marc Owens, the exempt organizations division director from 1990 to 2000, put it this way: “They are setting the stage for an e …"

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 "GPS":

"… cally active social welfare nonprofits — such as conservative Crossroads GPS and liberal America Votes —  have largely operated without fear the …"

CPAC activists urged to fight IRS

By Michael Beckel and Julie Patel

Tax agency called a 'cancer' and 'criminal enterprise' at conservative convention.

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 "Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics":

"… kill it, at least in its current form. Adam Rappaport, senior counsel of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, argues that “dark money” groups should go further by re …"

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 "Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics":

"… is a problem in and of itself,” said Adam Rappaport, senior counsel with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “The other question is, how is IRS supposed to enforce la …"

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 "Government":

"… s received. Both the Senate Finance Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are planning hearings on the topic this week.   &nb …"

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 "Adam Kinzinger":

"… o ads that mentioned Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Republican House candidate Adam Kinzinger of Illinois ahead of during the 2012 election. IRS records show automated …"

IRS employees back Obama, Democrats

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… ive Politics. The donations were split roughly evenly between Obama's two presidential bids. Ahead of the 2012 election, IRS employees collectively gave Repu …"

"… s. Ahead of the 2012 election, IRS employees collectively gave Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney about $25,000 — less than half the amount recei …"

"… ount received by Obama. For his part, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the GOP's presidential nominee in 2008, collected only about $6,000 from IRS employees. The I …"

"… servative-leaning organizations achieved near-parity. The Democrats' 2004 presidential nominee, John Kerry, who is now serving as secretary of state, ranked s …"

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 "Dan Backer":

"… IRS employees back Obama, Democrats) For Washington, D.C.,-based attorney Dan Backer, who represents two tea party-affiliated organizations, blaming such actio …"

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 "president":

"… s with the Federal Election Commission.” Americans for Job Security’s president is Stephen DeMaura, a former New Hampshire Republican Party executive dire …"

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 "nonprofit groups":

"… e Republicans, has also come to represent the questionable tactics used by nonprofit groups to cover the tracks of donors and funnel unlimited money into elections, s …"

"… experts say an individual or a law firm can create an unlimited number of nonprofit groups, which can then be dissolved before the IRS gets around to examining wheth …"

"… said Hackstaff attorney Mario Nicolais, when the Center inquired about the nonprofit groups’ contact information and leadership.Nonprofit ninja tactics In addition …"

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 "Tax":

"… posted a chart with the headline, “The Romney-Ryan plan: Raise Taxes on Middle-Class Seniors.” The chart purports to show how much more in …"

"… enefits by 58 percent. That comes from an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center of “a revenue-neutral individual income Tax change th …"

"… , hasn’t said which Tax exclusions he would eliminate or reduce. So, the Tax Policy Center made some assumptions. Its analysis listed the partial exclu …"

"… president’s speech in Florida: “Biden Has Repeatedly Voted For Higher Taxes On Social Security Benefits,” with a link to the RNC website  …"

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.

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