What irresponsible law would exempt government charity from reporting and compliance?

Another politician, another charity scam.

As reported in The Washington Post: “Harry Thomas Jr. resigned Thursday night, hours after he became the first sitting D.C. Council member to be charged with a felony, when federal prosecutors accused him of embezzling more than $350,000 in government funds and filing false tax returns.”

With all the charity […]

You can do more harm than good being nice responding to charity regulator requests and investigations

As a rule, it’s safe to say the overwhelming majority of people in the charitable sector have good intentions, right?

What about charity regulators? Well, even if we presume their good intentions (and I’ll defer to your judgment for today’s purposes), too many of them act as if the rule of law doesn’t fully apply […]

Permits, Audits and Comeuppance

At American Thinker, I write about a First Amendment issue involving rally permits. The piece was prompted by the City of Richmond’s issuing an audit letter to the Richmond Tea Party. The Tea Party demanded a refund of money it paid for a daytime rally permit after the Tea Party learned that Occupy Richmond was […]

Power Corrupts–Even at Charities

Paul Clolery has an excellent piece at Huffington Post about the recent death of William Aramony and the Penn State scandal. He writes:

“Aramony was the center of the United Way sex and finance scandal during the 1990s and for a quarter-century was the punchline for charity officials going off the rails.”

“The Penn State […]

Are Charity Regulator Investigations of 9/11 Charities Illegal?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy covers the Associated Press report that New York and Arizona are investigating 9/11 charities that may have failed to “keep promises to create memorials or contribute to 9/11 causes.”

AP reports that “New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said state lawyers are conducting their own ‘broad review’ of 9/11 charities […]

'Hmmm,' back to a FOCR (friend of charity regulators)

A reader and defender of charity regulators writes, “I [meaning, he] and others have proposed ideas like your online posting process for many years. When and how did NASCO ‘oppose’ it?”

The opposition from NASCO first came in private correspondence after I asked them to support it, and also asked that NASCO make disclosures about […]