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Not only does team owner Steve Ballmer not have to pay tax on any real-world Clippers profits, he can use the tax write-off to offset his other income.

Owners like Steve Ballmer can take the kinds of deductions on team assets — everything from media deals to player contracts — that industrialists take on factory equipment, all of which helps them pay lower tax rates than players and even stadium workers. Read more»

Right to the City Los Angeles held a downtown rally April 18, 2011 calling for higher taxes on corporations and the ultrawealthy.

ProPublica’s investigation released Tuesday revealing that the top 25 wealthiest Americans have paid little, and sometimes nothing, in federal income taxes has resulted in demands to rewrite the tax code and to investigate how the confidential data was released. Read more»

ProPublica and The New York Times identify more possible conflicts of interest among appointees, as Democrats in Congress demand greater transparency from the White House. Read more»

Shortly after the November election, with the nation’s political attention focused on the Trump transition, an influential advocacy group — ALEC — met outside Washington to discuss how to leverage the extraordinary shift of power to Republicans in the rest of the country. Read more»

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Senator Tim Kaine speaking at the  Presidential Scholars Briefing on June 20, 2016.

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Crossroads GPS gets declared a nonprofit five years after applying, meaning that its donor list can remain private. Read more»

A flyer distributed to members of the State Policy Network, which helps conservative think tanks in 50 states supply legislators with research friendly to their causes.

In internal memos, groups opposing tighter state campaign finance rules coach their local supporters on how to battle disclosure of political donors. Since 2008, dark money groups have spent more than $690 million in federal races. The same story is playing out on the state level, including in Arizona. Read more»

Proponents of tighter reins on political money worry that a Wisconsin ruling about the governor's recall campaign could carry seeds of another 'Citizens United.' Read more»