News update

          Our application for IRS recognition of tax-exempt status is presently trapped in a backlog of pending applications. We have learned that IRS reviewers are just now being assigned to examine applications that were submitted last June.

          This means that our application, which was submitted in early September, probably won’t be assigned to an IRS specialist until next March or April. We remain confident that our application will be promptly approved upon review.

          We had hoped to complete the conversion of from a for-profit enterprise to a tax-exempt organization on January 1, 2011. Although the timetable for donating the website’s assets to the Institute for Public Policy Reporting has been wrecked, we remain undaunted and we are continuing to accept FREE registrations from journalists and government relations professionals.


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