Category: Giving & Politics

Obama’s 2013 charitable giving

Obama’s 2013 tax return shows he paid $98K in taxes, and gave total of $59K to 32 charities, including the Red Cross and a Boston Marathon charity.… MORE >>

Santa Fe partners to compost

Food-waste composting program kicks off in Santa Fe; diverting trash will help city reach its “zero waste” goal while reducing methane.
“A pile of food waste as high as Mt.… MORE >>

Affirming “right to participate”

With McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission… MORE >>, Supreme Court rules aggregate limits on federal campaign contributions are unconstitutional.
“The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major campaign finance decision, striking down limits on federal campaign contributions for the first time.

Slovakia’s philanthropist president

Incoming Slovakian president Andrej Kiska started by sweeping floors in NJ; has given 2.5m to Good Angels, nation’s largest charity, which he cofounded.
“Andrej Kiska, an independent businessman-turned-philanthropist, won Slovakia’s presidential election, defeating Prime Minister Robert Fico’s attempt to tighten his grip on power, according to preliminary results.… MORE >>

Koch-bashing lucrative

The new pastime of Koch-bashing yields results for Democratic candidates; fundraising emails mentioning the brothers outperformed those that did not.
“And here’s another reason that the Democrats will keep battering the Kochs.… MORE >>

Giving it away

UT has come up with a novel approach to helping the homeless: giving houses away (saving millions and decreasing homelessness rate by 74%).
“Utah is the fourth most conservative state in the union, according to a January Gallup survey.… MORE >>

A “brazen scheme”

Hidden money: A longer investigation by the New York Times… MORE >> into the criminal case building against UT’s former attorney general, John Swallow.
“It is the nightmare scenario for those who worry that the modern campaign finance system has opened up new frontiers of political corruption: A candidate colludes with wealthy corporate backers and promises to defend their interests if elected.

“Essentially defunct since 2012″

MN attorney general brings lawsuit against nonprofit, amid charges that money intended to help disadvantaged students in reality bought gym memberships, massages, and vacations.
“For years, an Eden Prairie nonprofit was praised by the community for making a difference, bringing low-income, high-achieving students from inner cities to attend the suburb’s high school.… MORE >>

Hollywood conservatives get 501(c)3

Friends of Abe — aka the Hollywood conservative group — finally received its 501(c)3 status, after three-year investigation by IRS.
“Friends of Abe – the fellowship of Hollywood conservatives that includes Gary Sinise, Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer and a lot of people who don’t want to be identified for fear of a backlash from liberal coworkers – has been recognized as a 501(c)(3) public charity.… MORE >>

Priorities in Ukraine

Rick Cohen notes that aid to civil organizations in Ukraine might be highest priority, but admits there “is no easy algorithm” for figuring out how best to do so.… MORE >>

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