NY Times’ take on IRS debacle: Focus on minutiae of conservative applications meant complaints filed about large “political” nonprofits went ignored.
“For the I.R.S.’s bipartisan legion of critics, the agency’s record has underscored its contradictory and seemingly confused response to the fastest-growing corner in the world of unlimited political spending: tax-exempt groups that have paid for at least half a billion dollars in campaign ads during the last two election cycles.” –Nicholas Confessore, the New York Times… MORE >>
Did IRS scrutiny extend to pro-Israel nonprofits? National Review… MORE >> says conservative groups might’ve had company in governmental focus.
“Along with targeting tea-party groups, the IRS may also have given extra-special attention to the tax-exempt status of some Jewish groups for ‘political reasons.’” –Kevin Williamson, nationalreview.com
Buried in IRS apology for targeting “Tea Party” and “patriot” nonprofits is quote from their commissioner claiming “absolutely no targeting” was done.
“The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday.” — Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press… MORE >>
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater is threatened with rechristening (and overhaul) by nonprofit group; parks dept. argues moribund facility needs reboot anyway.
“In what might be a perfect storm of San Francisco headbutting: Deadheads and neighborhood groups are ready to square off against a non-profit organization and the Rec and Parks Department over the naming rights to the wildly underused Jerry Garcia Amphitheater.… MORE >>
Former director of Baton Rouge nonprofit aiding low-income Louisianans admits to embezzling $51,000 in federal funds.
“A former finance director for a Baton Rouge nonprofit organization that aids low-income residents admitted in federal court Tuesday that she embezzled nearly $51,000 from the agency in 2011.” — Joe Gyan Jr., the Baton Rouge Advocate… MORE >>
When mayor proposed billing Chicago-area nonprofits for water usage, city clergy raised cry about method used to determine charges.
“A coalition of clergy on Tuesday blasted the mayor’s latest plan to charge nonprofits for water, saying the proposal failed to meet their needs.… MORE >>
TN attorney general strikes deal; suit claimed “scheme to have nonprofit pay inflated amounts for financially troubled” nursing homes.
“National Health Investors and National HealthCare Corp.… MORE >>
Hawaii’s nonprofits await decision on state budget bill that could set aside $30 million in funds as federal government scales back.
The proposed Hawaii State Budget bill includes a suggested $30 million in funding for capital improvement projects and Grant-In-Aids to nonprofits statewide, according to Senate and House negotiators.” — Jenna Blakely, Pacific Business News… MORE >>
PA legislature examined expense sheets of 600 state nonprofits; seek to “define what a public charity is” in the commonwealth.
“A new legislative study examining the financial picture for more than 600 nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania appears as state lawmakers are moving a bill to assert their right to define what a public charity is.” — Robert Swift, Times-Shamrock Communications… MORE >>
As MI “scales back [state] tax breaks,” nonprofits in Detroit and the populations they serve are feeling the squeeze keenly.
“At the COTS homeless shelter near downtown Detroit, there was no room Sunday night for 14 homeless people, including six children….… MORE >>