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Koch’s tangled political network uses obscure LLCs to hide from the public

Libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch were among the first to grasp the political potential of social welfare groups and trade associations — nonprofits that can spend money to influence elections but don’t have to name their donors. The Kochs and their allies have built up a complex network…

IRS grants tax-exempt status to conservative ‘America Is Not Stupid’ dark money group

Smart move? The IRS has granted nonprofit status to America Is Not Stupid 2013 a so-called dark money group best known for a 2012 election ad featuring a talking baby who compared the smell of his diaper with a Montana senator. As ProPublica wrote in January, America Is Not Stupid…

Congressmen to Hagel: Where Are the Missing War Records?

By Peter Sleeth, Special to ProPublica The top Republican and Democrat on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs are demanding more details from defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about lost Army field records from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the subject of a ProPublica investigation last year. In an unusually…

IRS office under scrutiny for targeting tea party groups also disclosed confidential info

By Kim Barker and Justin Elliott, ProPublica 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. The IRS did not respond to requests Monday following up about…

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac bet against homeowners: report

US-owned mortgage giant Freddie Mac is holding billions of dollars in investments that only pay off if homeowners remain locked into high interest rates, a media investigation has found. The report by the ProPublica website and National Public Radio on Monday said the mortgage giant began dramatically increasing such bets…

Racial slur on Papa John’s Pizza receipt goes viral

When an Asian-American customer of Papa John’s Pizza in New York City decided to vent by posting a receipt that identified her as “lady chinky eyes” on Twitter, she may have thought she was just letting off steam. But in the last day, the receipt has been viewed over 200,000…

Whites more likely to be pardoned than minorities

An independent investigation has found that white criminals seeking US presidential pardons over the past decade have been nearly four times as likely to succeed as minorities, The Washington Post reported. The newspaper said Saturday the review was conducted by ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism. ProPublica’s…

Revealed: BP rates 148 of its own Alaska pipelines ‘F’ for safety

by Abrahm Lustgarten / Propublica The extensive pipeline system that moves oil, gas and waste throughout BP’s operations in Alaska is plagued by severe corrosion, according to an internal maintenance report generated four weeks ago. The document, obtained by ProPublica, shows that as of Oct. 1, 2010 at least 148…

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