follows the money and campaign finance at ProPublica; former correspondent, Chicago Tribune. Author of The Taliban Shuffle. From Pakistan to PAC-istan.
propublica.org — Last week, ProPublica's Kim Barker and Justin Elliott explained how the IRS sent us tax-exempt applications for nonprofit status from conservative groups. We also noted some of the dysfunction that exacerbated the problems at the IRS's Exempt Organizations office in Cincinnati.
propublica.org — Moves launched in the 1990s were designed to streamline the tax agency and make it more efficient. But they had unintended consequences for the IRS's Exempt Organizations division. Checks and balances once in place were taken away. Guidance frequently published by the IRS and closely read by tax lawyers and nonprofits disappeared.
johnbatchelorshow.com — Guest: Kim Barker, ProPublica, in re Cincinnati IRS Mystery: "The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year."
propublica.org — In a confidential 2010 filing, Crossroads GPS - the dark money group that spent more than $70 million from anonymous donors on the 2012 election - told the Internal Revenue Service that its efforts would focus on public education, research and shaping legislation and policy.
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