by Kim Barker and Justin Elliott, ProPublica
The IRS division responsible for flagging Tea Party groups has long been an agency afterthought, beset by mismanagement, financial constraints and an unwillingness to spell out just what it expects from social welfare nonprofits, former officials and experts say.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)
Tucked inside the the government report that found the IRS used inappropriate criteria to identify tax-exempt applications to review is a list of seven questions.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)
The fateful question came from a tax lawyer, in a room filled with dozens of them. It came at the end of a Friday morning panel, on the second day of the American Bar Association tax section's big annual meeting at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Washington D.C. The moderator had announced that it would be the panel's last question.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)
If you're looking for people fighting dark money in federal elections, look down.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)
Americans for Responsible Leadership, the Arizona dark money group that tangled with California's campaign finance watchdog agency last fall, has been slapped with a lawsuit in Colorado, where a woman claims she received robocalls from the group in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)
An engineering trade organization that advocates for privatizing government work has been tied to the group behind the $11 million dark money donation that prompted a legal showdown in California last fall.
The $400,000 that can now be traced back to a group called the American Council of Engineering Companies in California (ACEC-CA) may not be the biggest of disclosures, but when it comes to dark money in politics, any transparency at all is a revelation.PERMALINK | COMMENTS (0) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (0)