February 17, 2017 -
President Trump has called for the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which bars churches and other nonprofits from partisan political activity. While some conservative evangelicals claim the policy limits their free speech rights, repealing it would lead to more secret money flooding into elections.
November 12, 2015 -
Nonprofits, presidential candidates, and others are engaging in legally questionable political fundraising and spending as the government agencies that are supposed to enforce the law do nothing. Good-government groups are pressing for action.
October 23, 2015 -
Two "social welfare" nonprofits that supported Marco Rubio and Thom Tillis in federal elections have been accused of violating a law that bars such groups from putting most of their resources towards political campaign activities. A watchdog group filed complaints with the IRS this week.
April 13, 2015 -
By underfunding audits, politicians are helping their rich friends get away with tax evasion. The resulting shortfall provides an excuse to weaken government programs they never liked anyway.
August 14, 2014 -
The 60 Plus Association shelled out $11 million in independent expenditures in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles but didn't account for the spending in reports to the IRS. The nonprofit, funded by the billionaire Koch brothers and the oil and gas industry, is spending heavily to defeat Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina in her race against Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis.
December 2, 2013 -
The IRS is taking comments on proposed rules clarifying the definition of political activities for social welfare nonprofits that dumped more than $254 million of anonymous money into the 2012 elections.
June 17, 2013 -
The Texas-based group that targets alleged voter fraud is suing the IRS for refusing to grant its request for tax-exempt status. But the agency has cause to be skeptical about True the Vote's claims of non-partisanship.
May 17, 2013 -
The recent IRS scandal has brought new attention to the role of so-called "social welfare" nonprofits in politics. What nonprofit groups are trying to influence elections in North Carolina?
October 25, 2012 -
The American Tradition Institute has aggressively sought the emails of climatologists as part of its effort to discredit the science of global warming. But when it comes to following the rules about its own legally required disclosures, it's less than compliant.
October 10, 2012 -
Amidst new controversy over its plan to monitor polls and challenge voters across the country, Texas-based True the Vote has insisted it's "nonpartisan." But recent IRS contribution records undermine that already-shaky claim.