Government & Regulation

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…

New IRS Gift-Substantiation Guidelines Opposed by National Council of Nonprofits
November 24, 2015 at 9:55 am

A new voluntary gift-substantiation regime proposed by the IRS is being opposed by the National Council of Nonprofits (NCN), as well as a number of individual state associations of nonprofits. The system would provide an alternative to the “contemporaneous written acknowledgements” now in use by providing 501(c)(3) nonprofits with the option to report gifts more…

Texas Nonprofits Told Not to Help Syrian Refugees
November 23, 2015 at 9:45 am

As of 4 p.m. Friday, several Houston organizations complied with Gov. Greg Abbott's deadline order to stop providing help to Syrian refugees. It comes in response to the deadly terror attacks in Paris on Nov. 13. A letter from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission went out to several local nonprofits last week asking…

Texas Attorney General Shuts Down Veterans Charity
November 20, 2015 at 10:24 am

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has closed down the Veterans Support Organization (VSO) as a settlement from legal action. According to a news release from Paxton's office, VSO collected more than $2.5 million in Texas between 2010 and 2012. But an investigation found 70 percent of the money went to VSO's Florida headquarters and to…

Charity Claims It Owns 'Happy Birthday' Song Copyright
November 16, 2015 at 10:37 am

In September, a judge ruled that music licensor Warner-Chappell doesn't own the copyright to "Happy Birthday." The question now seems to have become: who does? A charity called the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) has stepped forward now to say that if Warner loses the copyright, it should become the rightful owner. Earlier this week,…

The Nonprofit Fighting Chicago's $400M George Lucas Museum Plan
November 12, 2015 at 9:14 am

A federal judge did not rule Tuesday on the city's motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Friends of the Parks to stop the Lucas Museum project, allowing the preservation group time to respond to the city's effort to end the legal wrangling. The proposal for the museum between Soldier Field and McCormick Place has…

IRS Revokes Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Nonprofit Status
November 5, 2015 at 10:25 am

FOX23 learned the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s nonprofit status was revoked by the Internal Revenue Service. FOX23 previously reported about ongoing financial problems at the Jazz Hall, like the nonprofit bouncing checks to Tulsa County for insurance payments, part of its lease agreement. The Jazz Hall of Fame also is behind on its Downtown…