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Money for Nothing: Groups across the US report zero cost for fundraising

This story was first published in several E. W. Scripps company newspapers including the Evansville Courier & Press on May 20, 2012. Thousands of nonprofit organizations in the United States misreport how they solicit billions of dollars in donations, making it impossible for Americans to know how their gifts are used.   Forty-one percent of […]

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Database – Money for Nothing Project

Scripps Howard News Service digital news producer Danielle Alberti developed a news app to display the database of US charities reporting zero fundraising expenses by state and county. The app supported the news articles for the investigative project on which I assisted Scripps reporter Thomas Hargove. The app can be viewed on The Commercial Appeal’s […]

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Without state oversight, charities disclose scant fundraising costs

This article was first published on the website of the Scripps Howard News Service. The E.W. Scripps company closed the Service in 2013 along with its website. Below is a PDF copy of the story as it appeared in a Scripps Howard News Service magazine.

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Nonprofits key segment of US economy

An edited version of this article was first published in the Knoxville News Sentinel on May 20, 2012. With nearly 1.5 million nonprofit organizations across the nation, the sector has become an important part of the U.S. economy.   Nonprofits accounted for 9 percent of all wages and salaries in 2009, according to the Urban […]

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Harvard University’s nonprofit organisation

An edited version of this story was first published in the Times Record News on May 20, 2012. Harvard University, long at the pinnacle of U.S. college institutions, also has the distinction of running a nonprofit that leads the nation in raising the most money without spending a dime on public fundraising. The university’s Management […]

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Texans biggest contributors to Republican Super PACs in 2012

This story was first published on the Scripps Howard News Service’s website on Feb 28, 2012. The Service was closed by the E. W. Scripps Company in 2013 along with its website. A PDF copy of the news article can be viewed below.

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Some Texas legislators split on payroll tax cut

This story was first published in the Abilene Reporter News on February 17, 2012. WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway was one of the 293 House members — Republicans and Democrats — who voted Friday to extend a 2 percent payroll tax cut for 160 million American workers till the end of the year. U.S. […]

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Social Security death file mistakes hit home for chief of agency

This story was first published in the San Angelo Standard-Times and on the Scripps Howard News Service’s website on Feb 3, 2012. WASHINGTON — Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue admitted Thursday that he, personally, has experienced “the horrible thing” Americans endure when the federal government falsely declares them dead.   “I’ve actually had, in one […]

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