Flat state regulatory staffing levels makes anti-fraud efforts more difficult as the number of charities explodes, said Cindy Lott, executive director of the Columbia Law School National State Attorneys General Program and author of the report.
The full report, a joint project of the Columbia Law School program and the Urban Institute, will be released later this fall.
According to Karl Racine, attorney general of Washington, D.C., state charity officials need to pick up the slack from the federal regulator, the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS, he said, remains in a state of "paralysis" because of budget cuts and fallout from a political scandal in 2013 over the agency’s scrutiny of Tea Party groups that applied for nonprofit status. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
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