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Social Welfare Nonprofits

IRS Can End 'Dark Money' in Federal Elections

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

New regulations must establish a clearly defined, restrictive limit on how much campaign activity a group can engage in and still be eligible for 501(c)(4) tax status.

Youth Want To Work In Nonprofit World, But Unsure If It's Financially Sustainable

Nonprofit Quarterly | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact

Every kid who ever started playing an instrument has had the same fantasy: You’re sitting in the park, practicing the four chords that you know o...

Michael McAuliff

Dems: GOP Outrage At IRS Is Really About Rove | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican efforts to punish the Internal Revenue Service for its alleged partisan targeting of political social welfare groups may have...

Michael McAuliff

Issa Tries Tactic In IRS Probe Last Used In McCarthyism | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new report by the Congressional Research Service finds that Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) probe of the Internal Revenue Service is ve...

Michael McAuliff

Issa Hearing Reveals Allure Of Dark Money For IRS-Targeted Groups | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa's latest oversight hearing into the Internal Revenue Service's botched enforcement against tea party and other "social...

IRS Sets Its Sights on Political 'Dark Money'

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

the Internal Revenue Service is proposing new rules that could curtail "social welfare" nonprofit groups' ability to influence elections while concealing their donors.

'Dark Money' Groups Give Big to Similar Nonprofits

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

New IRS tax returns shed light on hefty spending by key nonprofit groups -- and the disclosures also show that some of the money raised by these groups, which aren't required to reveal their donors, are sharing money with other groups that don't reveal their donors.

Pro-Obama Nonprofit Boosted by Undisclosed Donors

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

A nonprofit organization started by two former Obama White House staffers received $5 million -- or most of its $8.4 million in revenue last year -- from four unnamed donors, new disclosures obtained by the Center for Public Integrity indicate.

GOP Lawyer Launches Political Donation Refund Group

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

A new group has formed to get money out of politics. But unlike typical "good government" groups, this new nonprofit is connected to a Republican lawyer with a case before the U.S. Supreme Court next month.

Curbs on Social-Welfare Groups Would Deprive Everyday Citizens of a Voice

Nan Aron | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Nan Aron

The Internal Revenue Service's clumsy handling of applications for social-welfare status in 2012 has triggered a rash of fevered responses along with some serious policy proposals.

Paul Blumenthal

Conservative Nonprofits Juggle Definitions Of Politics | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During a debate Sunday on ABC's "This Week" over the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, Huffington Post founde...

Norquist, Koch-Backed Groups' Unusual Support Revealed

Center For Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

Tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. last year helped fund several of the nation’s most politically active — and secretive — nonprofit organizat...

Paul Blumenthal

IRS Makes Big Apology To Conservative Groups | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Internal Revenue Service's exempt organizations division apologized on Friday for the inappropriate targeting of conserv...

Hijacking Democracy

Timothy Karr | Posted 12.26.2012 | Media
Timothy Karr

Former Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps spoke Thursday about whether the media are strengthening our democracy -- or destroying it. His assessment -- after serving for more than a decade overseeing the industry -- is disturbing.

Debates Offer a Rare Moment of Transparency in Campaign Spending

Edward Wasserman | Posted 12.23.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

The problem isn't with the debates, it's with most everything else in the campaigns. The debates are grievously marginalized by the unstoppable mudslide of paid propaganda.

Nonprofits Must Let Politicians Know They Should Be Part Of Platform

Robert Egger | Posted 11.06.2012 | Impact
Robert Egger

America's real "social welfare" nonprofits -- the hundreds of thousands of direct-service, locally based, tax paying charities that uphold the great American social contract -- need to step up and engage candidates at every turn.