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Entries by Dan Froomkin from 04/2012

Karl Rove's NAACP Analogy Runs Afoul Of Law, History

Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- What do modern-day billionaires attempting to secretly buy federal elections have in common with blacks in the 1950s who needed to keep ...

American Legislative Exchange Council, Ultra-Conservative Lobby, Loses 2 Major Funders

Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Succumbing to pressure from public interest groups, Coca Cola and Pepsico have severed their ties to the American Legislative Exchange C...

New Bush-Era Torture Memo Released, Raises Questions About What Has Changed And What Hasn't

Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A six-year-old memo from within the George W. Bush administration that came to light this week acknowledges that White House-approved in...

Tax Loophole Romney Made Famous Now In Crosshairs Of Democrats, White House

Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A tax dodge that millionaire hedge fund managers use to slash their income taxes could soon become a major election issue, as congressio...

IRS Audits Of Super Rich Still Few And Far Between, Report Finds (UPDATE)

Posted 04.10.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Despite the Internal Revenue Service's promise to bring new scrutiny to tax avoidance schemes used by the super rich, a new report finds...

Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS Funded By $10 Million Checks

Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The “GPS” in Crossroads GPS ostensibly stands for grassroots policy strategies, but the Washington Post reported Friday that nearly ...

ALEC Retreats Under Pressure, Ends Push For 'Stand Your Ground,' Voter ID Laws (UPDATE)

Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The American Legislative Exchange Council, the controversial corporate-sponsored lobbying group whose push for "stand your ground" gun l...

SEC Stall Leaves Key Dodd-Frank Rules More Than A Year Overdue

Posted 04.17.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A full year after the official deadline came and went, key regulations necessary to enforce the Dodd-Frank financial reform law remain ...

ALEC's Strategy Shift May Yet Bring Corporate Gains

Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The capitulation by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to a grassroots campaign denouncing its positions on gun laws and v...

Secret Service, GSA Scandals Attract More Interest Than War

Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This city loves a scandal -- as long as it's just the right size. Not too small. But also not too big. While official Washington rema...

Eileen Foster, Former Countrywide Executive, Calls For Investigation Into Cover-Ups

Posted 04.25.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A whistleblower who exposed systemic fraud by Countrywide mortgage lenders called on the Department of Justice on Wednesday to prosecute...

Corporate Campaign Contributions Show Some Industries Giving Up Appearance Of Bipartisanship

Posted 04.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Money traditionally follows power in the nation's capital. As a result, corporate campaign contributions have historically been split am...

SIGAR Report Finds Afghanistan Reconstruction Compromised By Security, Corruption

Posted 04.30.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Afghan reconstruction efforts remain severely hampered even after nearly $100 billion in spending over the last 10 years, according to ...

Osama Bin Laden Raid Wasn't Based On CIA Torture Interrogations, Senators Say

Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics

Two senators privy to classified information angrily dispute the claim by a former CIA official that the Bush administration's coercive interrogation ...