Government & Regulation

FBI Investigates Sacramento Nonprofit Involved in Adult Adoptions
January 7, 2016 at 10:20 am

Adult immigrants in Northern California are being adopted by American families with the promise of gaining U.S. citizenship, KCRA Investigates has learned. Hundreds of immigrants from Sacramento to Marin County are shelling out $5,000 to $10,000 each for the chance to be adopted. Behind it all is a Sacramento nonprofit called Americans Helping America Chamber…

Politicians May Have to Wear Donor Logos in California
January 4, 2016 at 10:26 am

A wealthy Republican wants to require unprecedented transparency in California by forcing state politicians to plaster their suits and dresses with the logos of their top 10 donors—and voters fed up with those politicians actually may get the chance to vote on the idea in November. The unusual dress code is offered in a proposed…

Congressman Presses Red Cross CEO for Answers on Impact of Downsizing
December 31, 2015 at 10:39 am

A key congressman who sits on a committee that oversees the American Red Cross is pressing the group’s CEO for information about how layoffs and other cuts have affected its ability to respond to disasters. In a six-page letter sent Wednesday, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., cited ProPublica’s recent reporting on Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern,…

Charities Laud Permanent Tax Breaks in House Deal
December 18, 2015 at 9:51 am

Charities and donors have been in limbo, waiting for Congress to decide whether to renew expired tax laws that help funnel more to charity. In a midnight deal, House Republicans have put together a spending and tax law package that includes making many items on the charities’ wish lists permanent–and retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015.…

Advocacy Groups Calling for $15 Minimum Wage to Apply to Nonprofit Staffs
December 10, 2015 at 10:33 am

A group of New York nonprofits wants to see the minimum wage for state social service contract workers increased to $15 an hour. The move, if paid for by the state in contracts with nonprofit service providers, would cost the state about $300 million when fully phased in, according to a Fiscal Policy Institute estimate.…

Senate Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Key Obamacare Provisions
December 4, 2015 at 10:44 am

The Senate voted Thursday to repeal key provisions of Obamacare and strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood, approving legislation that is sure to be vetoed by President Barack Obama. Senators voted 52-47 to pass the bill. Two moderate Republicans—Susan Collins of Maine and Mark Kirk of Illinois—joined Democrats in opposing the bill. Sen. Bernie Sanders,…

Texas Threatens Legal Action Against Nonprofit Aiding Syrian Refugees
December 1, 2015 at 9:48 am

The Texas health and human services commissioner said the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Dallas is ignoring a directive to relocate Syrians somewhere other than Texas. The state wanted assurances Monday from the agency that it will not accept Syrian refugees and threatened legal action if Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s orders are defied. The IRC,…

Shooting at Planned Parenthood Adds to Challenges for Congress
November 30, 2015 at 11:32 am

Even as the authorities say they remain uncertain what precisely led a gunman to attack a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs on Friday, a comment attributed to the suspect by a senior law enforcement official—“no more baby parts”—fed directly into an already high-pitched controversy over Planned Parenthood and its practices. The phrase was an…

Utah Nonprofits File Suit Challenging Donor-Disclosure Law
November 24, 2015 at 10:08 am

Three Utah nonprofits are challenging a state law that forces organizations to report donors who give more than $750 to influence campaigns or voters. In a lawsuit filed in federal court this week, the groups said the law unconstitutionally forces them to forgo their free speech rights to speak on political issues, or risk losing…