Inside the Beltway: Vigilant America

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PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH

CNN, the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting recently spent a year determining the 50 “worst charities” in the nation. An organization that promotes fiscal conservativism is not among them, however. FreedomWorks, in fact, has been given a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, the master source for such judgment calls.

The group has been cited for sound management and accountability; more than 90 percent of its total revenue went directly into programs and campaigns in 2012.

“As a service center to a grass-roots community that stands for transparency and fiscal responsibility, FreedomWorks practices what we preach,” notes its president, Matt Kibbe.

POLL DU JOUR

65 percent of Americans say the U.S. economic condition is “very” or “somewhat” poor; 77 percent of Republicans and 46 percent of Democrats agree.

35 percent overall say the economic conditions are very or somewhat good; 23 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of Democrats agree.

50 percent overall expect the economic condition to be “very” or “somewhat” poor in a year; 74 percent of Republicans and 23 percent of Democrats agree.

35 percent overall expect the economic conditions to be very or somewhat good in a year; 26 percent of Republicans and 77 percent of Democrats agree.

44 percent overall say they are financially “worse off” than they were a year ago; 57 percent of Republicans and 32 percent of Democrats agree.

36 percent overall say they are now better off than they were a year ago; 24 percent of Republicans and 51 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A CNN/ORC poll of 1,014 U.S. adults conducted June 11 to 13.

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