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Not that anyone expects it to tamp down the out-of-control paranoia on the right wing, but new documents released by the I.R.S. offer strong confirmation that the supposed conspiracy to target conservative nonprofits was, in fact, nonexistent. As the New York Times reports this morning:

“The instructions that Internal Revenue Service officials used to look for applicants seeking tax-exempt status with “Tea Party” and “Patriots” in their titles also included groups whose names included the words “Progressive” and “Occupy,” according to I.R.S. documents released Monday.

The documents appeared to back up contentions by I.R.S. officials and some Democrats that the agency did not intend to single out conservative groups for special scrutiny. Instead, the documents say, officials were trying to use “key word” shortcuts to find overtly political organizations — both liberal and conservative — that were after tax favors by saying they were social welfare organizations.”

 

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The controversial nonprofit management practices of State Representative Stephen LaRoque (as well as his responses to a Policy Watch investigation) have caught the eye of the national publication, Nonprofit Quarterly.

This is from a column posted online this morning by the group’s national correspondent, Rick Cohen:

“Somehow, LaRoque’s answers do not generate the impression that he is exactly on top of the latest thinking on good nonprofit management when it comes to conflicts of interest, self-dealing, transparency or financial accountability. One would also expect the USDA to get on the stick and start overseeing the $7.5 million it gave LaRoque through the Intermediary Relending Program and the $582,000 from the Rural Business Enterprise Grant program. And one would also expect the person responsible for charity oversight in the North Carolina Attorney General’s office to find out whether LaRoque’s serial self-dealing transactions and his conflicts of interest cross the line.”

You can read Cohen’s entire piece by clicking here.