California Attorney General Launches Investigation Into Pacifica Foundation
The Attorney Generals Office of the State of California has launched an audit of the Pacifica Foundation over failures to comply with California law governing nonprofit foundations.
Pacifica, the non-commercial operator of 99.5 WBAI New York, 90.7 KPFK Los Angeles, 94.1 KPFA and 89.3 KFPB Berkeley/San Francisco, 90.1 KPFT Houston, 89.3 WPFW Washington, DC and six translators, is being requested to send over 23 documents regarding financial operations dating back to January 1, 2010 within thirty days of the letter being sent on December 17.
Operations of Pacifica is very factionalized with two groups usually battling back and forth for operational control over the Foundation. The most recent salvo took place in March when Executive Director Summer Reese was fired. Pacifica has had grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting withheld the past two years for insufficient accounting practices, misreported revenues and failure to comply with rules on open meetings and financial transparency.