Publication: Center For Public Integrity

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Political nonprofits bungle IRS filings

This type of vendor data omission could be an “intentional misstatement” to understate a nonprofit’s political activity, said  Greg Colvin , a San Francisco-based attorney who specializes in nonprofit tax law — although Colvin added that they could also ... [Published Center For Public Integrity - 20 hours ago]
First reported 12 hours ago - Updated 12 hours ago - 1 reports

Nuclear weapons lab employee fired after publishing scathing critique of the arms race

Gibbs said he personally did not agree with the views expressed in Doyle’s disputed article because he believes in the mission of the weapons lab. “One of the reasons Los Alamos exists, one of the reasons I spent my career there, is to ensure that the ... [Published Center For Public Integrity - 12 hours ago]
First reported 12 hours ago - Updated 12 hours ago - 1 reports

Center for Public Integrity adds two new reporters to environment and labor team

Jamie Smith Hopkins  will join the staff on Sept. 2.Hopkins comes to the Center after nearly 15 years with the  Baltimore Sun , where she spent most of her time as a business reporter. Her coverage of the housing market, before and after the 2008 economic ... [Published Center For Public Integrity - 12 hours ago]
First reported Jul 30 2014 - Updated Jul 31 2014 - 1 reports

Koch-backed seniors group low-balling election spending?

The 60 Plus Association is a so-called “social welfare” nonprofit, organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. Such organizations are prohibited from making electoral politics their primary purpose. They are not required to publicly disclose the ... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 30 2014]
First reported Jul 30 2014 - Updated Jul 30 2014 - 1 reports

Obama curbs nuclear security goals as bomb-building budget grows

Since the start of his presidency, Barack Obama has been clear that one of his major goals was to secure nuclear weapons and materials, and as recently as March, at the Nuclear Security Summit in Holland, the president declared that “it is important for ... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 30 2014]
First reported Jul 30 2014 - Updated Jul 30 2014 - 1 reports

Unpaid tax debts surprisingly frequent among those with U.S. security clearances

Anyone who applies for a federal security clearance has some tough questions to answer. The questionnaire is 120 pages long, and among its demands is whether an applicant has any financial problems that might create a security vulnerability. Did the applicant ... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 30 2014]
First reported Jul 25 2014 - Updated Jul 25 2014 - 1 reports

Center honored for making government more transparent

The Society of Professional journalists has honored the Center for Public Integrity with its 2014 Sunshine Award , which recognizes news organizations for shining a light on the inner workings of government.Judges cited the Center’s work for being at ... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 25 2014]
First reported Jul 23 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 1 reports

Lobbying activity declines among top special interests

As election season spools up and an already lethargic Congress readies for recess, federal lobbying efforts among elite special interests are sputtering, too.About three-fifths of the nation’s top 100 lobbying entities spent less during this year’s second ... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 23 2014]
First reported Jul 23 2014 - Updated Jul 23 2014 - 1 reports

Black lung claims by 1,100 coal miners may have been wrongly denied

In an extraordinary rebuke to a doctor at one of America's top hospitals, the U.S. Department of Labor has informed about 1,100 coal miners that their claims for black lung benefits may have been wrongly denied because of the actions of a powerful physician ... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 23 2014]
First reported Jul 22 2014 - Updated Jul 22 2014 - 1 reports

Families sick from fracking turn to scientists

This report is part of a  joint project  by the Center for Public Integrity and InsideClimate News.Like people in other regions transformed by the shale energy boom, residents of Washington County, Pennsylvania, have complained of headaches, nosebleeds ... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 22 2014]
First reported Jul 22 2014 - Updated Jul 22 2014 - 1 reports

Is this U.S. coal giant funding violent union intimidation in Colombia?

Killings, threats and lawsuitsOn March 12, 2001, a bus carrying Drummond workers — including Valmare Locarno, 42, the local affiliate president of  Sintramienergetica  and Victor Hugo Orcasita, 36, its vice president — left the mine in La Loma at approximately ... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 22 2014]
Entities: Colombia, Coal, FARC
First reported Jul 22 2014 - Updated Jul 22 2014 - 1 reports

Politicos souring on FEC advice?

While such a failure-to-rule rate is hardly overwhelming in a political vacuum, it would have been unheard of at the FEC just a few years ago.Consider, for example, that the commission deadlocked on just one of the 170 advisory opinion request cases — ... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 22 2014]

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The IRS itself  instructs nonprofits  that the definition of independent contractors encompasses "organizations as well as individuals and can include professional fundraisers, law firms, accounting firms, publishing companies, management companies and investment management companies."
"The President's nonproliferation and nuclear security priorities were protected,” she wrote in an email. “The decreased budget reflects natural and predictable declines based on project completion. The U S commitment and capacity to support global nuclear security activities remains strong and unparalleled.”"
Executive Director Bill Buzenberg said of the award: "The Center for Public integrity is deeply honored by this Sunshine Award recognition for our important contributions to open government.  I firmly believe that our nonpartisan investigative reporting on corruption and holding governments at all level accountable to the public does indeed serve the interests of democracy"
A spokesperson for Johns Hopkins issued a statement to BuzzFeed: "Johns Hopkins commends the Subcommittee for its efforts to review the federal Black Lung Benefits Program to ensure the claims process is fair and just for all parties involved. At Johns Hopkins, we are taking this very seriously."

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Political nonprofits bungle IRS filings [Published Center For Public Integrity - 20 hours ago]
Unpaid tax debts surprisingly frequent among th... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 30 2014]
Koch-backed seniors group low-balling election ... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 30 2014]
Obama curbs nuclear security goals as bomb-buil... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 30 2014]
Center honored for making government more trans... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 25 2014]
Lobbying activity declines among top special in... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 23 2014]
Black lung claims by 1,100 coal miners may have... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 23 2014]
Families sick from fracking turn to scientists [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 22 2014]
Politicos souring on FEC advice? [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 22 2014]
Is this U.S. coal giant funding violent union i... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 22 2014]
Obamacare-driven competition lowering rates in ... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 21 2014]
How oil and gas firms gained influence and tran... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 21 2014]
Trains, amputations and the roots of why kids a... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 18 2014]
How to fix the IRS nonprofit division [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 17 2014]
Hobbled IRS can't stem 'dark money' flow [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 15 2014]
Attack ads may actually be benefiting Obamacare... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 14 2014]
Class-action suit: Wrong to put kids into immig... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 10 2014]
Feds seek new authority to recoup Medicare Adva... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 09 2014]
Will migrant kids lose access to child-welfare ... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 03 2014]
Saving the penny makes cents for zinc-backed fr... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 02 2014]
How cozy can candidates be with political groups? [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jul 01 2014]
How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic, e... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jun 28 2014]
What to do if your drinking water contains arsenic [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jun 28 2014]
Happy birthday, super PAC! [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jun 26 2014]
Medicare Advantage plans require more scrutiny [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jun 25 2014]
Kochs put a happy face on free enterprise [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jun 25 2014]
Praise for UK-style health system vindicates sp... [Published Center For Public Integrity - Jun 23 2014]
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