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Wasn’t that cash meant for poor, Senator Espada
Jun 14, 2009; New York Daily News
| Certainly the investigations into New York State senator Pedro Espada are immensely entertaining, with tidbits like claiming his mother’s Section 8 apartment in the Bronx was his legal “home” for electoral residency purposes (instead of his other home in suburban Mamaroneck) with a picture of him lying in a cot in the flat (his income put his mom over the Section 8 limits), or like his quote about this intrepid character, that he possesses “balls of steel.” But watch the investigations of his earmarks, past and present, which seemed to always benefit himself and the nonprofits he controlled. From Espada’s turmoil-inducing shenanigans in the New York State senate, let’s hope some earmark reform emerges. —Rick Cohen

California nonprofit agency loses cost overrun suit
Jun 14, 2009; The Sacramento Bee
| A judge has rejected California Human Development Corp.’s claim against the Federal government to recoup cost overruns on a new Head Start facility. —Timothy Lyster

More Details Emerge In President Obama’s Firing of Inspector General
Jun 13, 2009; ABC News
| President Obama’s dismissal of the Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service remains controversial in the nonprofit sector and beyond. To show that this was not a political move, the President is citing his support from Stephen Goldsmith, the Republican co-chair of CNCS, and a Republican U.S. Attorney who clashed with the IG over its investigation into a politically connected Sacramento nonprofit’s use of AmeriCorp participants. However, the nonprofit investigated by the IG, St. HOPE Academy, run by former basketball great Kevin Johnso