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Kellan Howell

Kellan Howell

Kellan Howell, an investigative reporter for The Washington Times, covers campaign finance and government accountability. Originally from Williamsburg, Va., Kellan graduated from James Madison University where she received bachelor's degrees in media arts and design and international affairs with a concentration in western European politics.

During her time at JMU, she interned for British technology and business news website "ITPro" in London and worked as a freelance reporter for The Washington Guardian. She was also an executive editor of 22807, a new student magazine covering arts and culture in the JMU community.

Kellan can be reached at

Articles by Kellan Howell


Bonuses given to IRS employes who owed back taxes

While some taxpayers are worried about getting steep fines for fudging on their tax returns, a new government watchdog's report found that the Internal Revenue Service paid $1 million in bonuses to employees who owed back taxes. Published April 22, 2014

Democratic Senate challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes addresses a group of supporters at a fundraiser at the Galt House Hotel, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Some challengers top incumbents in latest fundraising numbers

Several challengers are outpacing congressional incumbents in the campaign money chase ahead of November's midterm elections, suggesting some upsets may be in the making, according to new campaign finance reports filed this week. Published April 16, 2014

FILE - This Oct. 8, 2013 file photo shows Cornell Woolridge of Windsor Mill, Md., takes part in a demonstration outside the Supreme Court in Washington as the court heard arguments on campaign finance. The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees. The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions, set at $123,200 for 2013 and 2014. That includes a separate $48,600 cap on contributions to candidates.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Corporate donation disclosure programs faulted

A campaign finance watchdog group contends in a new report that major corporations are failing to keep their promises to voluntarily disclose political spending. Published April 15, 2014

Lawyer Steven Donziger, right, speaks to  Huaorani women during this first day of the trial against Chevron-Texaco, in Lago Agrio, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003. A decade after Texaco pulled out of the Amazon jungle, the U.S. petroleum giant went on trial Tuesday in a lawsuit filed on behalf of 30,000 poor Ecuadoreans who say the company's 20 years of drilling poisoned their homeland.  (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Environmental firm cited in Chevron fraud case got federal contracts

The environmental consulting firm accused by a judge of assisting "egregious fraud" by plaintiffs in the highly publicized lawsuit against Chevron Corp. successively received multimillion-dollar contracts from the U.S. government, including work on the infamous BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Published April 10, 2014